Good garage hoist

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  1. Andyvh1959

    Andyvh1959 Cheesehead Klompen Supporter

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    Anyone have experience with a decent reasonably priced 110v or 220v electric hoist for the shop garage? Brands to consider or avoid? Or good deals to search for on craigslist?
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  2. MightyChosen1

    MightyChosen1 I wanna be sedated

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    Hard to beat Ingersol Rand for a small electric hoist . Pricey new but I see them pop up on C/L once in a while . We probably have a hundred small hoist out in the factory IR branded and they hold up pretty well . Air powered is an alternative too but watch out for the older models because parts are becoming scarce for them .

    Not sure I would trust my life to one of the Harbor freight cheapies . A friend of mine was lifting a truck bed of about 400 Lbs. last week with a brand new HF " 8 ton" come along. It broke a tooth while suspended about 2 feet in the air , fell about a foot , then caught right before it hit the ground. It was a little scary .

    How much weight are you planning on lifting?
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  3. moparmiller

    moparmiller Been here awhile

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    CM is a good hoist for a used rig. I don't trust any Chinese rigging gear- slings, shackles, chain buy US made for good quality control and known metallurgy.
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  4. Andyvh1959

    Andyvh1959 Cheesehead Klompen Supporter

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    I agree on not using any Chinese product for lifting loads. My 5x10 tilt bed trailer weighs about 700lbs. I may use a hoist to lift the trailer and store it above the garage door.
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  5. ABHooligan

    ABHooligan The Flying Mythos

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    Can your ceiling joists support that much weight, for that long?
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  6. cresmond

    cresmond Adventurer

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    I have an HF one. It works well when needed.
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  7. cagiva549

    cagiva549 whats a cagiva

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    I wouldn’t touch electric for a garage hoist unless you were loading and unloading trucks all day , for lifting motors in and out electric is way to jerky , not enough or too much . A chain fall is precision control . Hydraulic is better than electric If you just have to have power lift . My garage hoist is a fork lift , easily moved around wherever it needs to be .
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  8. mitchntx

    mitchntx Visit The wick in Seattle

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    I had a 800lb HF electric hoist in my previous shop.
    Did everything I asked it to do.
    I do agree that the starting and stopping was not smooth. The nylon sling would stretch and the load bounce.
    Lifting a V8 motor was sketchy at times.

    For the new place I opted for a chainfall.
    Not because of the issues outlined above, but the lack of power to run the hoist and the logistics of routing said power as the trolley traverses the width.
    A chain fall is just as fast lifting and lowering, takes little effort and is just as versatile.
    The trolley was $60 and the chainfall was $80 from Amazon.


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  9. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    I use a Chinese HF chain-fall hoist 1.5 tons that has hung from a beam on back of my sawmill shed for like 20 years. Used to turn large logs using a nylon sling. It is weather exposed, under a roof and yet you can use it whenever needed. I'll question why OP needs electric? Manual works pretty good?
    In my e.g., cheap is best.
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  10. yokesman

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    when at the local HF the pick a parts -salvage parts, was buying several HF chain hoists, commented that the liability wouldnt cover the electric.
    I have lifted several engine-trans -(fwd) small units with a come along, fitting up a beam across the single car garage with its own uprights.
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  11. gmiguy

    gmiguy You rode a what to where?

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    I'm very sure that I wouldn't trust a person's life to any hoist that is not rated for safety-critical use, regardless of the manufacturer or purchase price.

    Ingersoll Rand seems to agree, and says on the first page of their electric hoist safety manual:
    If a person is using any of these things in such a way that somebody gets killed if it fails then they're doing it very wrong.

    Regarding the original question I submit that a manual chainfall is probably a better choice for most home garages, unless the application is very frequent or the user has physical limitations that prevent them from using one.
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