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Old 03-19-2007, 10:45 AM   #1
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Default Light Weight Attic Hoist Project Completed

We bought a cheap HF hoist ($75) rated for 880Lb (880lbs with the cable doubled up and 440lbs with the cable straight). We plan to ONLY use it straight cabled and will most likely lift nothing more than 200lbs with it.

The idea was to store large objects that you don't use all the time to MAX your floor space. (ie: 200lb table saw, 20Ton shop press, fenders, hoods, bumpers.... )

Anyway, here are some pictures.

First we modified the Hoist Case to add bearings for wheels.




Using 2 pieces of angle iron, we made a simple track (2 sections 7 foot long ea, total of 14 foot of track)




Then added mounting points to connect to the joist


After a yellow paint and installed






The attic floor now has a 4 x 5 foot hole when opened and can be walked on when closed.




The system works great, I hope you enjoyed the pictures.
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Old 03-19-2007, 10:56 AM   #2
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you got to show pics of this in action
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Old 03-19-2007, 12:35 PM   #3
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That looks great. I was trying to figure out hot to modify HF special to use like that in my garage. Thanks for posting
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Old 03-19-2007, 02:52 PM   #4
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nice project, well planned
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Old 03-19-2007, 06:38 PM   #5
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Excellent job, What I would have done different...nothing! Welds look great. , safety yellow nice touch. As the A team say "Love it when a plan comes together"

Keep up the great work!
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Old 03-20-2007, 07:23 PM   #6
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VERY nice! Now come over and do one in my garage! I've been thinking about doing something similar for a while, but you took it to a whole 'nother level! Nice welds, too.
BTW, your welder is almost the same as mine.
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Old 03-20-2007, 08:54 PM   #7
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SWEET.

Something I definitely need to incorporate into my garage build
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Old 03-21-2007, 11:55 AM   #8
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McMaster-Carr sells similar setups. You can probably find something similar pre-made as well. Your custom job looks great though!

I've always liked the old-fashioned chain hoists. They don't have the load rating of motorized hoists, but it's fun to pull the chain, and they don't require any electrical hookups.

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Old 03-22-2007, 03:26 PM   #9
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Oh man,

if only there was a way to cantilever this over an opening out the side into the garage I could get this to work. I don't really have the storage space to have a trap door, but I have an opening out the side with an access panel.....I'll have to ponder this one.....

Opening without a cover:


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my hats off to ya! you solved a couple of my problems...

edit: regarding the hinged doors, how did you design them where they meet in the middle....does the joint have a notch or does the flat steel on the underneath side provide adequate support......even for walking over it?

what i'm doing is trying to close off a set of stairs that lead to the attic of my garage......when i heat my shop, all the heat goes right up there....

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Old 03-23-2007, 11:31 AM   #11
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Thanks for all the compliments, I hope I gave you some ideas for more storage.

The hinges do not hold any weight other than the doors. The doors can be walked on when closed because they are supported with 2 pieces of 2in angle iron.




When the doors are opened, that are latched with a simple hook made of wood.
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That is cool.
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What's the trick to lifting something oddly shaped like a table saw? I assume you don't just attach the cable around a leg and pull it up, right?
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What's the trick to lifting something oddly shaped like a table saw? I assume you don't just attach the cable around a leg and pull it up, right?
I just used tied down straps to level it out, then connect up the hoist cable. This allows me to get the cable snugged up before lifting too.
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Old 03-23-2007, 12:27 PM   #15
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Nice.
I had planned something similar for my shop, never made it past a plan though. Might have to revisit it.

How do you get up in the attic? Ride the lift
I'd have to use my existing pull down stair hole for access.
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jhchoppers very nice setup, I like it.

I left provision to install a trolly and "I" beam lift to get items [ namely a 1200 pound wood planner ] to the second story of my shop (someday).

For now I use this, less fancy and much slower manual rachet cable hoist. It is a typical swing hoist normally mounted on a truck for lifting loads aboard. I welded the standard base to a much bigger steel plate that spans 4 of the 2 X 12 floor joist and put an automotive throwout bearing in the base pipe so it swings very easily when I want to rotate the load from over the stairwell to over the 2nd level woodshop floor, and back. The heaviest item lifted with it so far was my Delta 3HP 10" unisaw.

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Old 03-23-2007, 01:25 PM   #17
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How do you get up in the attic? Ride the lift
I'd have to use my existing pull down stair hole for access.
Pull Down Stairs too. But now, I don't have to carry the big stuff up those stairs any more.

Ride the lift? I am sure sometime or another, someone will ride the lift....
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That is just plain sweet.
The only thing I can nit-pick is you door hold open hook. Sooner or later it is going to split along the grain in the wood. Remake it with plywood.
(Or metal, since you seem to know how to work with it.)
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Old 03-24-2007, 12:59 PM   #19
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That is a great idea. I have all these seats and carry-all boxes of parts etc. that are always in the way.

Another vote for the most helpful site around. Thanks
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78fj40 modify your door and run the rail out thru a smaller opening at the top.You will probably have to redo some drywall but it will only be where you attach the hoist rail.
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