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Hey All

Back 10 years ago when I was spry and in my 50's I built my dream shop, 35 x 35 with lots of electric, 14 foot down stairs ceiling and a full second story also 35 x 35 all insulated and sheetrocked and heated. Now in my early sixties and the stairs are getting tough carrying that heavy stuff up.
Has anyone built a shop hoist elevator for lifting engine blocks and machinery up to the second floor ? I was thinking a 4 x 6 foot platform that would lower from the second floor and be able to carry 800-1000 pounds tops. Would be nice to be able to move all the heavy stuff upstairs without lugging it up. Any ideas or pics would really be appreciated...

thanks Mike B

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Freight Lift makes a nice little unit.
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Here's there web site.
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Thanks for that Garage Journal post, maybe simple is better, I will do some thinking on an electric hoist and lifting straps, frame a trap door and a lift point overhead...simple is definitely better and easier...
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Cut a big hole in the floor. Then put beams and suport posts around the hole to suport the floor. Then mount an electric chain hoist on a small grantry crane over the hole.
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All the commercial dumb waiters appear to only have lifting capacities of 200 pounds or so, must be the limit before it might be called an elevator and all the legalities. Lots of ceiling height upstairs so I think I will go with some sort of a gantry crane and an electric hoist with slings and a framed floor opening with a drop in floor filler. The swing out cranes for a pick up might work or maybe some sort of overhead gantry with a sliding track, thanks for all the ideas.

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So here is what I did....

http://www.hotrodders.com/gallery/sh...hp/photo/41773
http://www.hotrodders.com/gallery/sh...hp/photo/41774

Cut a hatch in the second floor, built a staircase to the third floor attic, mounted an I Beam and a trolley to the second floor ceiling, sandwiched a beam above the joists and used threaded rod to tie the two together, bought a fine chinese hoist from HF rated at 880 pounds...the compressor is probably the heaviest i will ever lift and I doubt it weights 400 pounds..works SLICK...hoist it up , push the trolley over the floor and unload. I plan on moving most of the shop up to the second floor and use the first floor for bodywork and paint....thanks to everyone for their sugggestions..the Garage Journal Forum was an inspiration,thanks for pointing me over there...now I can work on the cars again...
http://www.hotrodders.com/gallery/sh...hp/photo/41778
http://www.hotrodders.com/gallery/sh...hp/photo/41776
http://www.hotrodders.com/gallery/sh...hp/photo/41777
http://www.hotrodders.com/gallery/sh...hp/photo/41775

http://www.hotrodders.com/gallery/sh...hp/photo/41781

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Glad it all worked out.Lets see some pics. Or, should I just drive over and see ?
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