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    How do I lift this "Portable Generator"?

    Lifting items with lifting straps came up in another thread which got me to think (again). So, this is my new "Portable Generator". It weighs in excess of 360+ Lbs. I have a springtime project coming up and would rather not run 100 yards of extension cord and where the electricity is needed, nor would I desire to push it uphill from the barn. If you notice there is no "Lifting Hook" other then the cage that surrounds the unit.
    Any suggestions or experience that would help me out would be appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HouseMouse View Post
    Lifting items with lifting straps came up in another thread which got me to think (again). So, this is my new "Portable Generator". It weighs in excess of 360+ Lbs. I have a springtime project coming up and would rather not run 100 yards of extension cord and where the electricity is needed, nor would I desire to push it uphill from the barn. If you notice there is no "Lifting Hook" other then the cage that surrounds the unit.
    Any suggestions or experience that would help me out would be appreciated.
    If you had forks I would suggest to fasten it to a pallet.

    Without looking at it in a lot of detail, I would think you would want 2 lifting points to use lifting slings. Then you could dedicate a sling (or pair depending on the length) and have a stable way to lift. Is there anywhere you can attach 2 clevis to the frame that would stay put which you could run the sling through?

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    Straps through the frame would probably work fine. If possible, you could go around the frame at the bottom instead of from the top.

    I use my Carry-All and just load it on and strap it down but in the past I've also slid it sideways onto the bucket and strapped it to the bucket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    If you had forks I would suggest to fasten it to a pallet.

    Without looking at it in a lot of detail, I would think you would want 2 lifting points to use lifting slings. Then you could dedicate a sling (or pair depending on the length) and have a stable way to lift. Is there anywhere you can attach 2 clevis to the frame that would stay put which you could run the sling through?

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    That is pretty much my point. Where do I attach a strap or anything of that matter. Is the cage strong enough? I'm kinda thinking of two straps around the front and around the back at equal distance attached to Ken's hooks. Not sure if it will work or not without issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HouseMouse View Post
    That is pretty much my point. Where do I attach a strap or anything of that matter. Is the cage strong enough? I'm kinda thinking of two straps around the front and around the back at equal distance attached to Ken's hooks. Not sure if it will work or not without issue.
    If your genny did have a lifting loop it would be welded to the frame, your good to go-IMHO. Strap on and lift away

    ETA: that's one beefy genny... 15KWW and 50A! Mine is a Honeywell (Generac) 7.5KW and runs pretty much my whole house with a 30A dedicated bypass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by balrog006 View Post
    If your genny did have a lifting loop it would be welded to the frame, your good to go-IMHO. Strap on and lift away

    ETA: that's one beefy genny... 15KWW and 50A! Mine is a Honeywell (Generac) 7.5KW and runs pretty much my whole house with a 30A dedicated bypass.
    Actually it's a 15KW with a 60A outlet. Didn't want to have the wife have to decide between blow drying "Her" Shizu or cook me supper.
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    Get yourself four of these straps and loop one around the frame at all four corners. Then you can attach to the straps with chains or lifting straps and it should provide secure lifting and minimize the risk of it tilting or twisting.

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    You would think the frame is strong enough. My Honda generator weighs close to 300 lbs. and it has a hook that only attaches at two places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    Get yourself four of these straps and loop one around the frame at all four corners. Then you can attach to the straps with chains or lifting straps and it should provide secure lifting and minimize the risk of it tilting or twisting.

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    You would think the frame is strong enough. My Honda generator weighs close to 300 lbs. and it has a hook that only attaches at two places.

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    Where do I get those straps at? Need to look into this a bit further.
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    How do I lift this "Portable Generator"?

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    Actually it's a 15KW with a 60A outlet. Didn't want to have the wife have to decide between blow drying "Her" Shizu or cook me supper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HouseMouse View Post
    Lifting items with lifting straps came up in another thread which got me to think (again). So, this is my new "Portable Generator". It weighs in excess of 360+ Lbs. I have a springtime project coming up and would rather not run 100 yards of extension cord and where the electricity is needed, nor would I desire to push it uphill from the barn. If you notice there is no "Lifting Hook" other then the cage that surrounds the unit.
    Any suggestions or experience that would help me out would be appreciated.
    I put mine in the bucket with the handle facing outward, then simply run a strap from side to side to my Ken's hooks to keep it from tipping out.

    I have considered making my JD80 cart into a permanent generator hauler though.....
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