Project: Lifting gear
Lifting and moving stones
Many dry stone wall construction sites are not accessible for cranes or excavators. How can large blocks of stone be moved and relocated in such places? Here I show simple lifting equipment that can be carried by hand into the terrain. With this equipment loads up to one ton can be moved and relocated. Click on the pictures for more information and examples.
See also the information about the modular drystone lifting gear / crane
Tools for pulling and lifting
Tools / Lever
The most versatile tool to move loads. The principle is used in many other tools here described.
In engineering, levers are described by their three components:
- Load arm: Lever arm on the side of the load to be moved.
- Force arm: lever arm on the side of the moving force
- Pivot point: point around which the lever can rotate.
Using these terms, the law of leverage reads: "force times force arm equals load times load arm".
Tools / Hebelade
Hebelade, Wippkiste / German lever jack / Cric à cheville
Antique tool to lift heavy loads manually with a lever
Tools / Waldteufel
Antique tool to pull and tension a chain.
Rack and Pinion jack
Wire rope Hoist, Habegger