Wednesday, February 27, 2008

TBs TechTOC 02 - Pallet Jack

Take a look into this small, simple and genius TECHNIC MOC from Paul (Sariel).
IMHO, it beats all small TECHNIC sets, that LEGO have released in the past years.

Find these and more pictures at Paul's Brickshelf folder.

It features a closed pneumatic circuit, which allows it to operate without any pump or compressor. Like this other illustration on the left (click to enlarge and read), describing the working principle in use (taken from Paul's Brickshelf folder also).

See it at work at the video on the right.
Lots of fun and good playability for the size and amount of parts.

Certainly a great fit to make a Pallet series, as I suggest below. ;)


Alex Campos said...

That would indeed be a nice model for LEGO to make, to take a break from all those construction machines... it certainly is simple enough to make into a medium-small set. And Paul's design sure looks "official"!

However, from what I've seen real jacks don't work this way: to lift, the operator raises and lowers the handle, probably to create hydraulic (pneumatic in LEGO) pressure, and squeezes a bike brake-like lever to release the pressure and lower the jack.
This wouldn't be very difficult to implement in LEGO either: instead of the cylinder in the handle, a pump could be used. A valve, held in "raise" position by rubber bands, would then be actuated to release the pressure.

Anonymous said...

What a nice surprise, thank you :)
It is true that my Pallet Jack doesn't exactly work the way the real one does. The thing is - I wanted to avoid using the pneumatic valve, which is huge and difficult to conceal.
I must say I'm still quite amazed by how much people like this little, simple MOC that I considered "recreational" to build :)

Carlos Ribeiro said...

I love this simple and beautifull Moc.

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