[ITman496] is one of us hackers trying to evade health problems, in his case a back injury. He likes to solve several problems he has to deal with, and in the case of the video he made, it was about moving a large garbage can through ice-covered roads on his property. Unwilling to put his health on the line any further and dissatisfied with the fragile solutions on sale that forced him to do the heavy lifting, he nevertheless designed and built a girl-powered mechanism for lifting trash cans – not quite unlike a forklift. He mounted it on his ATV, tested it, improved it and filmed his progress along the way – then made a video detailing the whole build for us!
After sketching the concept on his phone, he modeled and tested it in SketchUp, then cut and welded the parts, describing a weld alignment trick along the way – using 3D printed joints to join the two parts to be welded together. for tack welding, ensuring near perfect alignment. The first test was a success! From there, he describes some surprising, but hindsight, ease-of-use improvements that didn’t show up during simulations, such as adding bevels to the scope so he doesn’t have to tilt his ATV super precisely to pick the bin up. Finally, having used it for about a month now, he tells us it has worked extremely well for its purposes!
Fortunately, not all such trash cans need to be removed — some go voluntarily, and you can even get smaller ones that catch things you throw from across the room. We have the adventures of [ITman496] rather, learn lessons from a failed robot built in 2016, and adopt an ultralight aircraft in 2018!