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crane rail alternative

crane rail alternative

(OP)
I need to build an adjustable retainer like the attached picture. I can't find someone to supply a 6' section of 25# crane rail. All I can seem to find is 30' pieces. I was wondering if anyone had suggestions on an alternative to crane rail?

RE: crane rail alternative

Perhaps stating the obvious, but have you looked hard enough?
Any facility that uses those, must have old rails lying around in abundance.
Of course, 25# is a very small section, you'll probably find bigger rails more easily.

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RE: crane rail alternative

Buy 20' of heavy flat bar, cut it into 3 pieces and weld it into an I-beam shape?

RE: crane rail alternative

(OP)
kingnero Yes, I found one that has drop cuts available. Just wondering if there was an alternative rail.

JStephen Thought of that, think I would buy 30' crane rail before I got that fabed up.

RE: crane rail alternative

The crude actual shape (and its problems with weld certifications and wheel fit on the upper surface) for a backyard rough-shaped bundle of flat bar are not recommended for a crane rail actually carrying loads.

RE: crane rail alternative

(OP)
It is not for a crane. It's for a similar adjustable keeper arm.

RE: crane rail alternative

Crane rail is maybe $500 per ton.

30 feet is $62.50 at that price.

How much time are you willing to spend to save $50?

RE: crane rail alternative

square tubing or square bar

RE: crane rail alternative

So, you're going to homebrew another uncoiling stand, instead of taking advantage of someone else's experience?

Be aware that you may not actually save money that way.

Mike Halloran
Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

RE: crane rail alternative

(OP)
It keeps a thin coil from falling over as the cart moves to the mandrel. The one shown is from the manufacturer (20 year old line). I agree I'd prefer to go to the manufacturer and ask for an improved design but management says we need to design something. First time it has happened but we had a thin coil fall over and and do some damage. I believe management jumped the gun on adding more keepers. Operator claims the keepers were in place but we don't think that is the case. Cart may have traveled to fast as well. I feel it comes down to discipline and making sure the set up is correct. Adding some reminder signs also. If anything adding something to verify the keepers are in place is a better route.

RE: crane rail alternative

It sounds silly to me that you can not buy the 30' section. The left over could be used for future expansion.

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