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Old 07-29-2016, 09:55 AM
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Dump bed jack stands

We have to replace a dump bed hoist for a friend of mine on his work truck. I needed a good way to support the dump bed so I built some stands to hold up the bed. These are a copy of a commercially available stand that we made for ourselves.

I drew up a rough sketch and figured my angles first. I cut the slots into the tubing using our CNC plasma table and a piece of plate as a stop. Having a laser locator lets you really line up stuff like this.



I already had some 1x2" bar with a hole and a radius on one end to act as a pivot for the top plates. Welded these up with my TIG machine.



Next,I jigged the pieces up on my table and tacked them all together.



Speaking of the jig table, sometimes it just really handy for holding that piece in a good position to weld. It made getting into the tight angle a fairly easy.



I cut out these tabs from 1/2 plate and welded them to a piece of C channel to make the top pivot plates.



Closeup of the weld. I'd like to get a bit more consistent. I really don't get as much tig steel practice as I'd like.


We cut out some chain plates and bent up some handles for these.



Here they are in use. I had to order the chains I want to use with these. They will be welded to one side and attached with the chain plate to the other.

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Old 07-29-2016, 10:31 AM
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Nice work
I'd never thought about how to support the bed w/o the ram!
Some good ideas there!

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Old 07-29-2016, 11:47 AM
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Nicely done. Safety first!!!
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Old 07-29-2016, 11:56 AM
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Looks very safe. We used a railroad tie laying flat, back on the farm in the good old days.
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Old 07-29-2016, 12:04 PM
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Looks very safe. We used a railroad tie laying flat, back on the farm in the good old days.
I've been told the railroad tie method is now an OSHA violation. There has been a couple of fatal accidents with dump beds locally. We are a small shop and they probably wouldn't bother us unless we had an accident. I have done it the railroad tie way myself. Never had an issue but I figured why not make these. They are nicer than the railroad tie method as you can set the dump bed at whatever height you want it to be by moving them forwards or backwards. A little CYA doesn't hurt either. We need to use the bed to rig the new hoist in place so having more support is a good thing.

Thanks for the good words guys. I put these up kinda hoping to inspire someone else to build themselves some.

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Old 07-29-2016, 12:29 PM
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Nice job, very nice welds!
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