View Full Version : Square tube truck rack
08-19-2010, 02:19 PM
This is a rack I built using my HH140. I drew it first, in AutoCad, and then built it...and to my surprise, it fit! :D I used 1.25" 14ga for the frame, and legs, and 16ga 1" and 3/4" for rest. It rides on 2"x 1.5" x 1/8" angle. $90 in material, not counting paint
08-19-2010, 02:33 PM
It's always nice (and sometimes amazing) when it fits, huh? :D Looks nice!
08-19-2010, 08:29 PM
its amazing when my stuff fits for sure. nice work as usual rocky.
04-05-2011, 03:47 PM
But keep in mind now that one sheet of 3/4 inch ply weighs 66 lbs.,.
I have seen too much weight stacked on some truck racks and the trucks hve turned on their side .
I used to have a job just cutting truck racks down 4-5 inches to lower that weight.
When the rack is first built the owner wants it way above the cab so the truck does not get scratched. Then when the truck owner feels how unsafe it may feel with a lot of material stacked on top that is when they want to lower the rack.
That is why some racks have the ply over the cab but sitting almost tailgate level in the rear, so that 1/2 of the weight is significantly lower overall.
07-01-2011, 07:06 PM
Here is the finished rack.
07-02-2011, 11:43 PM
Thanks Don...I built that rack about a year ago, and I got a look at it just a couple of weeks ago, and it still looked square. It's owned by a gal, and she said she'd never put very much weight on it...maybe a few sheets of drywall would be the most. But you made a very good point on overloading...I'll keep that in mind on my next one.