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The first time you hear the word stoneboat you might think it’s the biggest oxymoron in the English language — but it’s really a drag used to transport heavy objects.  Going off some designs in an old farmers almanac, reader Blitzcat built this one to haul granite stones, weighing somewhere in the neighborhood of 700 to 900 pounds, around his yard.

He says it worked pretty well once the runners were nice and muddy, and he could pull it by himself.  It looks to us like a great way to move some heavy objects without spending a bunch of cash.  Rock on, Blitzcat!

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6 Responses to Flickr Pool: Homebrew Rock Mover

  1. blore40 says:

    How did he get the stone on the boat?

  2. David Bryan says:

    That’s a nice looking contraption but I think using rollers is a lot easier way to move heavy things. I’ve got four 30″ pieces of pvc pipe I use for moving things around the yard. I’ve moved sheds, slabs, and all kinds of stuff by myself, and I’m just an arthritic middle-aged runt. It’s real easy to make turns or to go over obstacles, whether it’s a ditch or something sticking up out of the ground. I had a guy helping me move a shed once and he said we were going to have to get 3 more guys to help, and I told him I was going to watch him move it by himself. He didn’t believe me until he was actually doing it.

  3. blitzcat says:

    @ blore40: I got it on the boat with 8 bricks, a medium stone and a San Angelo (pry) bar. I would lift the stone using the pry bar and medium stone as a fulcrum. While it was lifted, I tossed the bricks under to keep it up. Once the block was raised on the bricks, I wiggled it over onto the boat, again with the pry bar.

  4. Jereme Green says:

    That reminds me of the way the egyptians built the pyramids it is a great idea

  5. joe says:

    Stone boats are still used on many farms to move heavy objects over ground. Rollers or wheels are nice on level solid ground, but over broken ground a sled works very well. Nice work Blitzcat.

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