Restoration of Vintage Woodworking Machines (V) – Unloading Machine from a Truck

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It is relatively easy to unload a machine from a trailer; but it could be a challenge to safely  unload a 400lb machine from a truck bed.

There are a few ways of attacking the problem. One is to build a wooden Gantry Crane using 4 by 4 lumber. Below is a picture of the one that I built:

The design of the Gantry Crane is pretty much following the design here:

The other method is to use an engine hoist, like the below picture where an engine hoist lifts up a 400 lb Powermatic planer above the truck bed.

After that you back out the truck and lower the planer, as shown below: