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Old 01-18-2015, 05:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys I am looking to build a storage rack / lift for my sled. my celing in my garage is about 13 ft tall so I want to build a rack out of sq tube that I can drive the sled on at ground level then use a winch system to raise the platform up and then be able to store stuff under it, the whole 4 post assembly would be on castors so that I can move it around the garage. I have seen some pics on line of similar set ups but I cant figure out how to rig the lift part of it using cables or what not, does anyone have any pics of units you own? or have built?
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Old 01-19-2015, 12:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I've not seen any builds myself, but I would suspect you can adapt a boat lift to a sled size and get a decent result. Cable and pulley system tied to the winch, but you would want some sort of safety catch so that a failed cable or free-wheeling crank don't take out a wrist or worse.

At least could give you some ideas for your own design?
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Yeah im thinkin using an electric winch, just unsure on how to rig once winch to lift on all 4 corners of the shelf
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Several pulleys, you can either use 4 individual cables(probably the safest) or use 2 cables being shared.

There are several ways to configure this. I would like to do some sort of a lift as well, just haven't figured out the best way.
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Try this. You would need to build it up a little to support the weight, however it's the same concept

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Save yourself some time and aggravation.

Purchase a used 4-post 7000 lb car hoist for about $1000.

Then, use it for many purposes. Mine lifts the car or sleds to a height of around 8 ft. My shop has a 12 ft ceiling. You can then park under it. It comes with removable casters that enable you to roll it around. when lowered.

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hmm I think ill stick to building one, I have acess to all the materials at work plus it will be fun to design and build to suit.
that trailer lift is really cool I think that pulley set up would work for what im thinking.
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Google image search will get you a few ways. Here is one I found quickly.

http://www.lakeshoreproducts.com/ima...sAreStrung.gif

Again, more than one way to do it, but you can put an electric winch in place of a hand crank with little trouble. Especially if you are committed to doing a custom build.

Oh yeah, post pics here of the project!
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yeah for sure, house is still being built just trying to get my ducks in row.
will draw something up using cad and go from there ill post what I come up with for sure
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