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Old July 26th, 2011, 10:17 AM
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Garage hoist/rail system

Does anyone have one of these and give their thoughts, or know of good sources for them at a reasonable price?

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It's basically a rail (or perhaps I-beam if you want to go beefier) and a trolly with a hoist on it. I'd like to install one to give me the ability to lift things into a loft/storage area but would like it to be beefy enough to also lift a drivetrain if needed.

I haven't checked lately but I know Tractor supply has barn door rail systems like this, although I am unsure of the load they can handle. I believe the one shown in this picture is from Harbor Freight.
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Old July 26th, 2011, 10:47 AM
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Wouldnt the various systems show their numbers.
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They do. It looks to be 450 or 600# depending on the mounting. How much does a engine/transmission/t-case weight?
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They do. It looks to be 450 or 600# depending on the mounting. How much does a engine/transmission/t-case weight?
I bet close to 600lbs!
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Weight 560 if all new parts with no oil or spinny bits bolted to the engine. Well over 600 fully dressed.

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------ Follow up post added July 26th, 2011 11:05 AM ------

Why not just do an I beam and chain pulley system seams a used tool shed should have the bits for cheap.
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Well, harbor freight sells a 1k and a 2k beam trolley

http://www.harborfreight.com/1-ton-p...ley-97392.html

of these and a chain hoist, you would be good to go

http://www.harborfreight.com/1-ton-chain-hoist-996.html

then all you need is a beam


they also sell a premade gantry crane, with a 20% cupon its not all that bad

http://www.harborfreight.com/1-ton-t...ane-41188.html
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Yes, I think I should go for at least 1-ton capacity and an I-beam, although a 30 ft long I-beam sounds expensive. I'll have to see what local steel shops want for one.
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Yes, I think I should go for at least 1-ton capacity and an I-beam, although a 30 ft long I-beam sounds expensive. I'll have to see what local steel shops want for one.
and you probably should've talked to your contractor about this before the walls were built!
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I didn't think about the fact the storage area would be so friggin high! The beam can hang from the ceiling joists and the load will be spread across the roof. I don't think there will be any issue there. Unless you are thinking for another reason?

------ Follow up post added July 26th, 2011 11:52 AM ------

Oh and I assume I can get some kind of baby I-beam that is lightweight since no span needs to be any more than 16" if I hang it from every joist. At least I hope so. Thats why I was looking at those channel style systems as they are very light.
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Yes I did, and I will, thanks.
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