DIY Magnetic Crane Truck

Thread Starter


Joined Aug 31, 2021
Good Afternoon All,

I am by no means any type of engineer or electrical expert of any kind. My son loves using his picassotiles that are magnetic to build structures. I wanted to build him a crane truck that he could control with some type of joystick and pick up metal/magnetic objects with. I have no idea where to start with this. Hoping I am in the right place for some guidance from people much smarter than I am. Thanks!

USMC Grunt


Joined Jul 10, 2017
That is a very ambitious project for someone with no mechanical or electrical engineering skills. I think you would have a better chance of success if you bought a kit for building one. Do a Google search for "toy electric crane kit". There are lots available in all different price ranges. If you build a kit, you can still proudly tell your son that you made it for him.