Construction Equipment is all around us and at one time there was Doepke who helped every kid feel like they were buildingĀ  great infrastructure systems.

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  1. 1 Jerry Baker December 18, 2007 at 5:01 am

    Hello fellow Doepke lover I have a question I’m hoping you can answer? How is the Clam shell on the Unit Crane (Doepke) operated and string wired up? It’s my opinion based on pictures that the clam shell lowers down until the string attached from above is puled on at which time if you keep lowering it the two halves swing open? It may be that the string tugs on the assembly tripping the opening up and when you come down and pull back up it closes? I recently acquired a Doepke Unit Crane and on my own restrung it, the lowering of the boom is superior to the Nylint Michigan’s one to one ratio, I love the block and tackle why you can even release the brake and there is enough (Back Gear) to hold it from flying away. I have recently acquired a collection of Doepke’s but missing the Pumper and the beloved D6! Jerry gbmb98@aol.com

  2. 2 Dr. John Thiel January 22, 2008 at 1:28 am

    What just about nobody knows is that there is a “dump string” for the Unit Crane clamshell. That’s because very few of us have ever had one completely mint in the box. Anyway, notice the estra hole in the “flag”. A string runs from that hole to the boom pivot (or anywhere else you want to put it. When the clam is closed, just tug on the string, and the clam will open. Slick.

  3. 3 Mike Ziegler September 8, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Hi,
    I found this blog while looking for a diagram or info on how to restring a doepke unit crane. I just purchased an old crane, but the string is broken and is no longer threaded through the pulleys. I have no idea how to restring it. It has 2 winders at the base, 2 pulleys (one vertical and one horizontal) above the winders, and 3 side by side pulleys at the tip of the crane. I have the hook, but not the clam shell. Any help will be appreciated!
    Thanks, Mike

  4. 4 moresnow September 8, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    I will take pictures of my string setup on one crane tonight and submit

    • 5 Chucl Lund Sr. October 14, 2011 at 9:05 pm

      I own an old Doepke Crane with clamshell drop scoop. Can I also get a copy on re-threading the Crane? I could never figure out the threading. I almost had a copy of the original diagram, but the guy that owned the crane that it was with, was sold, and he forgot to scan the diagram for me. Chuck Lund (ret.)

  5. 6 Denny October 8, 2008 at 9:14 am

    does anyone have a green rear tire for a euclid hauler? I’ve been looking for one to complete my restoration on my childhood toy. Thanks

  6. 7 moresnow October 8, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    Ebay usually has spare parts online. wheels etc

  7. 8 zod May 21, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Is there a reference available that lists all Doepke toys and models?
    Thanks for any vector.

  8. 9 Larry July 2, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Hi, I have a toy crane. How can I find out what make it is? It is close to 50 years old, I had it since I was a young kid. It’s battery opperated, Red in color with a K-19 metal nametag on the cab. It has rubber track’s, The battery control has 4 button’s and a steering wheel. Opperates forward and reverse,360′ left and right, bucket-up and down with magnet operated pick up and drop.

  9. 10 lENSTOYS May 12, 2010 at 1:13 am

    i AM LOOKING FOR THE TRACKS THAT GO TO THE DOEPKE ELEVATOR

  10. 11 Bill Poole October 21, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    I have an original Doepke unit 357 mobile crane since I was a child. I am 67 now and have been cleaning them up. I cannot figure out how to restring this unit nor the Doepke Rossmoyne ariel ladder truck. Everything is in good condition I cannot find a black string for either one. I started looking for black fishing line?
    If you can help me my email is wp5031@gmail.com or post it on here.
    Thanks Bill

  11. 12 Hugo October 27, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Hello Gang! I am setting about to spiff up my Doepke MG. Does anyone know if a Jaguar steering wheel would be the same scale as the original steering wheel? I hear I will have to adapt it to fit. I bet I can do that but I don’t want it to look out of scale. Thanks! Hugo in Mass.

  12. 13 gregg fender March 30, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    as a child i was fortunate enough tohave several Doepke toys. During roof repairs several months ago i discovered they had all ‘disappeared.’ i’m wondering who would be the best person to contact in order to replace these treasured childhood toys? if you can help me please forward to the e-mail listed. Thank gregg fender

  13. 14 Tim June 19, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    I was wondering,, born and raised in rossmoyne Oh,, if anyone had information on the company history. Just trying to find the adress or some pictures of the building? Anything would help thanks.

  14. 15 Chucl Lund Sr. October 25, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    I saw a pair of tracks on e-bay, but doubt that they are there now. But keep checking. Item’s for Doepke toys comes up quite often.


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