Originally Posted by web01_99
Unless you already have the steel and parts to make the hoist, its gonna be cheaper to buy it already made than to build it yourself. I used to have my dads mentality of making everything myself and have realized that sometimes its cheaper in the long run to buy some things you need than to make it yourself when you factor all of your costs and time together to make something.
Yes, I do have the parts and agree that there are a lot of times when it makes more sense to buy than build from scratch. Sometimes, though, just like life itself, it's the journey rather than the destination that counts.
In this case it looks like the best route for me is to adapt an existing hoist to the job. Combining some ideas in this thread should do it. Oldred has me thinking of setting up a trolley hoist for my garage loft entrance.