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The monopod crane of Heron

It consisted of a single large beam that had two “pulley-wheels” at its vertex and at the base. Its inclination was achieved with the help of three balancing ropes that were tautened or loosened with the help of small manually-operated winches.
A thick rope was wrapped at equal distances around the beam, which served to strengthen it, but also as a ladder for urgent repairs. The beam was usually placed on a base with rollers for its horizontal shifting with a dent in the centre which ensured its articulation. The traction force of the rope for the elevation of the load was
emanated by animals or by a powerful manually operated ground winch. It was used for the rapid
implementation of small project.

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