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Old 07-06-2011, 03:29 AM   #1
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Smile Power Hoist-a-Top

I just ordered the power hoist a top for my 2000 TJ Sahara. and the heavy duty hardtop cart with the "deluxe hardtop rear lift gate retainer bar. as I'm retired now and all my friend are still working,it's hard to get a hold of them some times. plus I don't like to wait on them getting free to come over. so I looked for something that would let one man remove and install the hard top. I'll review and let you know how it works out. I'm going to look at how well it's made. how easy it attaches to a structure. ease of operation. I wanted one of these as soon as I saw it. will let you know soon how it goes

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Old 07-06-2011, 04:13 AM   #2
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I was eyeballing one of those as well and ended up going with a manual version from a different company instead. Its still a one man job with my setup but still a pain to get the straps secured and tightened up before lifting it off. Oh well, you do get what you pay for. Definately easier than waiting on my buddies to give me a hand. Good luck and keep us posted!

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Old 07-06-2011, 02:23 PM   #3
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Got the hoist a top today,after reading the instructions, I found that you have to position the Jeep just so-so under the hoist.they reccomend after you get it just right that you put tape infront and along the side of the tires so you can align it up when you go to reinstall the top. I can see this will require alot of backing up and pulling foward and cussing to get it right.so I have resolved to paint the lines on the floor,as tape has a tendency to come up.if done neat lt it will look not too bad. then I'm going to order some wheel rollers (4 each) from Summit Racing, so I can get the Jeep in the general location,and just push it in to position.this is a long term thing so I see no problem in making it easier,plus I can use the rollers to push my GTO over to where thieves can't just get in and back it out. guy in the pictures had a track on the garage ceiling to where he could just roll it over into position,looked like one of those garage shows on tv where they have things a professional garage doesn't even have.like Disney Land designed thier garage.get real.some Jeepers probably don't even have a garage,I can see them using a tree limb to attach the hoist to,and more power to them.innovation is what makes this hobby great
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:17 AM   #4
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Forget power I use my little arms on a manual winch to lift mine cost under a 100$ and I can do it myself! Even in my small garage and yes I could hook it up to a tree if I wanted to. Lol
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Old 07-07-2011, 05:16 AM   #5
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Forget power I use my little arms on a manual winch to lift mine cost under a 100$ and I can do it myself! Even in my small garage and yes I could hook it up to a tree if I wanted to. Lol
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Old 07-07-2011, 05:45 AM   #6
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for those of you who can use a manual hoist. kudos, I wish I could. but at 63 and ate up with artheritus. I now days have to find ways to accomplish things. this is why the power hoist. I unpacked it today. it appears to be well made and of heavy construction. you have to do some assembly to the lifting cradle. but its not difficult.one really nice feature is that if you have a low garage ceiling.and don't have clearance to mount the hoisting motor directly to ceiling and raise the top up. they have a provision to mount the hoisting moter to the side of garage wall the run the cable along the side wall to a point in the center of the Jeeps top. drill a hole, srcew in the provided eyelet.clip on the pulley system,run the cable through it. find a position on the ceiling that is in the center of the Jeeps Roof. mark it. drill a hole in a joist,install the eyelet, clip on the pulley system.run the cable over to it and install on pulley.it's now ready to clip on the lifting cradle and raise or lower the top. as this is more or less a permant installation you need to take time to do it right,or you could screw up the joist's in your garage. from what I've seen I like it,and it should give years of service. the hoist motor is 3/4 horse power,well made.it's not a cheap made kit. and being it can lift 400 lbs, you could darn near lift an small engine with it. I plan to lube every thing up well with a good spray lube so it won't bind up. will lift the top off the Jeep tomorrow for the first time scince 2000.it's never been off. the soft tops never been unpacked since 2000,I plan to lay it out in the sun, to soften it up a bit before install. happy Jeeping and I hope all goes well

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Old 07-08-2011, 03:50 PM   #7
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the power hoist a top worked great. had plenty of power to lift it. took only a couple of min to get it off .drove the Jeep out from under it,sat it on the floor,unhooked the hoist cradle and took it off.now you must install the hard top cart on the back and secure it with the provided strap. you lock the 2 wheels infront. then it was easy to lift the top by my self on to the wheels. once up I unlocked the wheels and rolled it to the spot in by garage where I wanted it, out of the way. nows a good time to clean the under side of the top also. once it was stood up I was amazed how dirty it looked in the light. dirt and dust every where.you can't see it installed on the Jeep where its not in direct light.
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Found this smittybilt one
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