ease of use. The electric motor is mounted on the ceiling,
and has corded remote control and automatic shut-off when maximum height is reached. There is no worry about losing your grip with the electric version.
One feature of our design that sets it apart from other hoists are the rubberized rear hooks that truly make this the easiest hoist to use. No straps running beneath the top that need to be 'unthreaded' after mounting or 'rethreaded' before lifting. With our hoist, it's as simple as placing the hooks in position prior to lifting, and sliding them out after lowering. All our hoists also feature a metal support bar with padding and adjustable buckle, which allows for precise tilt of the top, so that it lowers cleanly and evenly.
All component duty ratings greatly exceed the weights and forces exerted during the lifting process, assuring safe operation.
This hoist is priced at $429 plus shipping.
The Rope Hoist:
This is the simplest and least costly solution. Most people would be happy with this choice, but you do need a certain degree of grip strength and arm strength. If you have any concerns about that, or if you are getting older and possibly in declining health, we suggest you order the winch or electric version.
A 7:1 block-and-tackle compound pulley reduces the effort of lifting the top, so that most folks can handle the task. Upon raising the top to its full height, you wind the rope around a cleat that you will have installed on the wall.
This hoist is priced at $199 plus shipping.
The Winch Hoist:
The winch is mounted to your garage wall. There is no worry about losing your grip with the winch's cog-lock. As soon as you stop cranking, the cable locks.
Two ceiling pulleys are placed so the metal cable runs up and over to where your top will be lifted or lowered.
This hoist also has the advantages that the other versions have: The metal rod with padding that runs under your top's roofline, rubberized hooks, and adjustable buckle.