Restoration of Vintage Woodworking Machines （V） – Unloading Machine from a Truck
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtPU1pOTLH4
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: