pulley hoist system for garage
Posted by: old_user on Jun-04-09 11:15 PM (EST) Category: unassigned
so just bought a house, with a sweet 2 car garage. i'll want to use the high ceilings to store a couple of boats, probably 2 sea kayaks. i'm trying to figure out the best pulley system, wracking my brain to come up with a solution. i've seen one on youtube that looks possible, and there's a bicycle lifter that may even work, but the 50lb limit doesn't inspire confidence.
i reckon some of you must be proud of your garage set ups, if you have any ideas of how to go about it, pulley set ups, etc, please fire away!
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Posted by: wetzool on Jun-04-09 11:21 PM (EST)
Good results with BAC pulley|
Posted by: Tecpartner on Jun-08-09 11:24 AM (EST)
I second the BAC pulley system. Northern Tool has (had)them for $40. They come with everything you need. It has a brake, so the boat won't just fall, if you release the lines.
Posted by: ptofireman on Jun-04-09 11:26 PM (EST)
I bought mine on ebay last november. Paid approx. $50.00 for it. Our garage does not have a ceiling, so I was able to hoist them up into and between the roof trusses. Worked out quite well for winter storage. As for this time of year we find it easier to keep them on J - hooks on the north side of the garage, out of the direct sunlight. It would be way to warm(hot) in the summer June - Sept. to keep them overhead in the garage trusses.
Here ya go:|
Posted by: guideboatguy on Jun-04-09 11:42 PM (EST)
Posted by: mhackett on Jun-05-09 12:31 AM (EST)
Pulleys didn't work well?|
Posted by: guideboatguy on Jun-05-09 12:53 AM (EST)
Pulleys are the backbone of my "one-handed" (and virtually effortless) lifting system. You can make a rope follow any route you wish by using pulleys, which is exactly what I did.
many thanks, all very interesting|
Posted by: old_user on Jun-05-09 2:27 AM (EST)
Posted by: devilssoninlaw on Jun-05-09 6:14 AM (EST)
I hang 2 canoes with simple pulleys and thin rope. I hung the pulleys @ the same distance as the carrying handles and run the end of the rope thru eye hooks to keep the rope against the wall. The farthers pulley always wants to lift first, so I hoist and pull down on the other end of the canoe , hoist pull and when the farthest end is up, pull the closest side up with the rope. @ $8 total. No "system"
Posted by: mhackett on Jun-05-09 9:51 AM (EST)
I had a similar experience|
Posted by: guideboatguy on Jun-05-09 12:56 PM (EST)
My first boat lift used a separate, hand-pulled rope for each of the two hangers supporting the boat. I figured I'd pull or lower the two ropes alternately and in increments, tying one rope off to a cleat before moving the other. Not only was that rather awkward, but the rope tension was pretty high on the "pulling end". Adding the light-duty hand winch was the next step up in design evolution, along with using a single line for raising/lowering.
Posted by: mhackett on Jun-07-09 9:32 AM (EST)
Posted by: kocho on Jun-05-09 10:01 AM (EST)
This works for me..|
Posted by: grayhawk on Jun-05-09 10:03 AM (EST)
hardware available at your local hardware store..
Posted by: booztalkin on Jun-05-09 10:16 AM (EST)
Posted by: string on Jun-05-09 10:51 AM (EST)
Garage Gator from Costco|
Posted by: hpmguy on Jun-05-09 12:37 PM (EST)
$199 including shipping/handling, not cheap but looks like a nice setup. Lifts 220 lbs. I don't have one, but am seriously thinking of it as I need to lift two stacked canoes into the high ceiling in my shop.
It's a little pricey|
Posted by: old_user on Jun-05-09 12:50 PM (EST)
but I use Harken Hoisters for two of my kayaks. I like the no slip/drop feature.http://www.hoister.com/
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Posted by: chethro on Jun-06-09 10:37 AM (EST)
I use two rope ratchets to store two of my kayaks above the garage door. Rope ratchets will hold where ever you happen to stop. I can lift or lower the kayaks by myself dropping each end a couple of feet at a time. I do have to use a ladder to lower or raise when the kayak is right against the ceiling. I use two pulleys one for each ratchet mounted in the center line of the kayak. They only come with 10' of rope, so you need to buy 50' of rope(25' per ratchet). Once I have the kayak lifted to the ceiling I use two ratchet straps as a secondary source to hold the kayaks. I have used this method for two years now with no problems. All the parts can be purchased at Walmart.
Posted by: Marshall on Jun-06-09 4:25 PM (EST)
for the ready made, all in the box, DIYer.
They now make one you can release|
Posted by: old_user on Jun-06-09 6:57 PM (EST)
from the ground. It's a much heavier rope than you need, but the convenience of not using a ladder is worth it.
How did you run out of wall space?|
Posted by: guideboatguy on Jun-06-09 9:58 PM (EST)
It's not just wall space|
Posted by: old_user on Jun-09-09 10:19 PM (EST)
My wife collects a lot of junk - much of it either hanging from the walls or suspended from the ceiling.
pulley system for kayaks|
Posted by: highdesertlane on Aug-05-11 7:10 PM (EST)
I use a pulley system at each end of the kayak (each pulley system holds 50 lbs and the kayaks are just under 70 pounds) and they work great.