What size crane would one need to hoist a Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet onto a second story roof?

If you are reading this you are probably wondering why anyone would want to do this. Let me explain the situation. My next door neighbor and I are great friends. We are constantly playing hilarious jokes on each other and we always have to one up every joke.

About a month ago I tossed a bunch of road kill in his swimming pool. He responded by setting my shrubs on fire. For my next prank I had his house painted bright pink while he was on vacation. Then he got me back by digging up my front yard with a backhoe while I was at work. Given his pattern he obviously knows I love my lawn.

He just got a brand new E-Class Cabriolet. I want to have it hoisted onto his roof in the middle of the night. I need to rent a good crane and it should probably be fairly quiet.

Haha we love playing these pranks so this should be a good one if I can pull it off.

2 Responses to “What size crane would one need to hoist a Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet onto a second story roof?”

  1. Kevin  on December 1st, 2013

    Like A construction 1 Call stanley Steemer


  2. Peter W  on December 1st, 2013

    It is quite likely that you will destroy the car or the roof or both in the process. An E-class Mercedes weighs about 3,900 pounds or more with fuel and oil on board. That will not be stable on a gabled roof, and seriously overload a flat roof.

    As to what sort of crane, that will be a function of weight and reach. How far will the boom need to reach and at what angle. Could be anything from a 20-ton hydraulic to a 100-ton hydraulic depending. You want a hydraulic as that is self-contained, takes only a few minutes to set up and rig, and can have the lift done in less than 1/2 hour to/lift/from the site.

    I expect a wrecking ball will be part of your interior decorations in the near future. And deservedly so.


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