How to lift my Tiger? (And asking for a measurement...)

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How to lift my Tiger? (And asking for a measurement...)

Post by Marco Peter » Wed May 30, 2018 3:55 pm

First of all: How much space is there between the ground and a Tiger 1? Can somebody please take a measurement? :-)

Now about the topic... How to lift my Tiger? Both for maintanance and to work easier on it? And to store it while not putting weight on the torsion bars?

A friend of mine owns 4 little 'wagenheber' like these:
https://www.ebay.de/itm/181440763666
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I like them because you can easily place them under the tank.

A forummember recently sold a more table-like construction like this:
https://www.datona.nl/verrijdbare-heftafel.html
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Really nice working height AND you can move the tank but how to get the tank on to it? And it won't take the weight off the tracks/torsion bars since it's platform is too wide.

And now I've seen this:
https://www.datona.nl/motorlift-harley- ... ion-anchor
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It's got wheels AND may be low enough to simply roll it under the tank?

That's why I asked: How much space is there between the ground and a Tiger 1? Can somebody please take a measurement? :-)

What are your thoughts?
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Re: How to lift my Tiger? (And asking for a measurement...)

Post by Marco Peter » Wed May 30, 2018 4:09 pm

Update: that last item is not usable, the lift area is 50cm wide and I need it to fit between the tracks, under the tank, and so it can be max 33cm wide...
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Re: How to lift my Tiger? (And asking for a measurement...)

Post by Adrian Harris » Wed May 30, 2018 4:29 pm

The hydraulic lifting tables are good for moving tanks around. I use a pair of cut down car ramps to drive the tank up onto it:

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For a Tiger, I would imagine you will need to add a sheet of wood to the top of the table, as they tend to be fairly narrow, so there is a risk of the tank sliding off sideways.

These mini scissor lifts are what I use to lift the tank off its suspension:

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Make sure you get one which has a nut on the end of the lifting screw, as ones with a bar handle cannot be used under a tank!

About the height measurement - can't you measure Konan ? All tanks will vary in height, depending the the setting of the torsion bars and whether they have sagged over time. Or did you mean the real Tiger ?

This is how Tiger 131 sits at the moment, relative to the swing arms:

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Re: How to lift my Tiger? (And asking for a measurement...)

Post by Vince Cutajar » Wed May 30, 2018 4:36 pm

Hi Marco

The ground clearance on a real Tiger 1 should be 470mm at the front and also at the back. I can't say what the ground clearance on a model Tiger 1 is because it will depend on the weight of the model and also at what angle the suspension arms are set.

Regarding your other question, I have seen peole use two sizes of table. The big one to lift the model to working height and a smaller one to take the weight of the model or lift the model from the bigger table.

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Re: How to lift my Tiger? (And asking for a measurement...)

Post by Gerhard Michel » Wed May 30, 2018 10:53 pm

I am using a hydraulic jack with a large timber plate under each of my models. In parking position the jack is fully down and the track links can run freely.

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When I want to use the modell, I pull up the jack until 2 bars can be positioned under the track links. Then I pull down the jack, and the tank can run along the bars to my hydraulic lifting table and its turntable. So it can be moved to the storage room.

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To store the tank I make the processes vice versa. The ground clearance of the model is negligible when using such lifts.

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To reach the garden I must use ramps to drive the model out of the basement

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The ball bearing turntable allows the model to be adjusted to the ramps

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Off, off and away......

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For loading the model in my car I use these foldable ramps which can be placed besides the tank

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