Can anyone recommend a hardtop hoist. My garage is getting to full and I need to store it overhead. ive seen the single and the double pulley. any pros and cons would be helpful. I live in a townhouse so above my garage is my master bedroom, not an attic. also no rafters to hang over in garage, so need to bolt right to stud or joist. Any suggestions for building somethin myself also is appreciated. Thanks guys.
I think Im gonna try an electric hoist from harbor freight and just get some nylon rope to secure it.
That's what I did, but I used ratcheting straps:
I also do not have rafters in the garage attic. It creates a problem if you want to raise the top almost flush to the ceiling and I needed the top almost flush. So what I did was cut the hole in between two studs, and layered different size 2x4's like a pyramid to distribute the weight and get the winch raised. I did this on 2 sides parallel to each other and not parallel to the attic studs. The longest ones in the bottom.
I then purchased a 4' piece of steel pipe that is squared and has holes in it from Home Depot (don't know what it's called) But it's strong. The winch's top (from Harbor Freight) has 2 brackets on top that bolt to it. I slid the pipe through the winch's brackets and rested the pipe between the 2x4 raised lifts that I made so that the winch rests between them. I then centered the winch to the hole in the ceiling and lag bolted the pipe to the 2x4's.
I raised the winch enough so that the winch hook would go inside the attic.
Now I can raise the top really close to the ceiling.
I got the HF hoist, mounted it, and was going to use the ratchet straps. dont like the straps. decided to build the t bar (like the one quadretec sells) using galvanized steel superstrut and rubber coated bicycle hooks. If it works good, Ill post pics. wish me luck.