A Central Hydraulics Pickup Truck Crane is like a smartphone (girlfriend? TiVo?): For years you've managed without one, but once it came into your life, you can't imagine going on without it.
This brute lifter mounts to your truck bed-- or other solid base-- swivels 360 degrees and can lift up to 1,000 lbs! Lift scrap metal, firewood, motors, heavy machinery, beehives and more. It's a favorite tool among Harbor Freight customers and, rather than me going on pitching the sucker, I'll let them tell you how awesome it is:
"Bought it and put it in my Dodge to make it easier to load scrap... does a very good job lifting motors and scrap metal, in and out of my truck."
How about for at the dock?
"I mounted this to the stern of my boat to lift my dingy and motor out of the water. It is perfect for this job. I also had it powder coated for corrosion.This is the best buy I've made in a long time. Thanks Harbor Freight."
Or transporting heavy equipment?
"Bought this crane and mounted it to my welding trailer about two or three years ago, and about a month ago I used it for the first time to lift my engine-driven welder off the trailer. The crane works very well. Very happy with it."
A common modification is to switch out the manual winch with an electric one, such as the Badlands 12-Volt 2,000 lb. model...
"This works great on my log splitter. Put an electric winch on it and makes job much easier. Also made base for trailer to load big wood on it."
...or adding an electric hoist, like the Best Value Chicago Electric 1,300 lb. Electric Hoist:
"I bought this truck crane & mounted it to my 9' deck behind my house to raise loads of firewood off the ground. Reconfigured it with an electric hoist and built 2 wooden boxes for the lift. The crane mounts through the floor near the deck railing & with the proper angle swivels out and clears the rail. My wife operates the winch from above. While I'm loading the lower box from the woodpile she's unloading & stacking the other load to the deck woodpile. What a backsaver. Great product for the money!!!"
Whatever your load, the Central Hydraulics Pickup Truck Crane at Harbor Freight will make your life a whole lot easier.