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    I'm looking to build a dumbwaiter for use for firewood. This unit needs to travel from ground height about 8' up to a sun deck. I picture using an ATV cable winch where the winch is at the bottom, pulley at the top that pulls a box of some sort up with the wood inside for unloading. Weight of the box via gravity descends the box to the bottom. Pretty basic design I suppose but I'm wondering if anyone has made something like this, has pictures, plans etc.

    If not, any ideas, suggestions etc?

    (this is of course so that my kids can do firewood now rather than me schlepping it up the flight of stairs to our living room!)

    Piper

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    No plans or ideas, but be sure to add a limit switch or the kids will bring the whole house down around your ears.
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    • #3
      Kids......

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      • #4
        Hand Winch

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Northern Piper View Post
          I'm looking to build a dumbwaiter for use for firewood. This unit needs to travel from ground height about 8' up to a sun deck. I picture using an ATV cable winch where the winch is at the bottom, pulley at the top that pulls a box of some sort up with the wood inside for unloading. Weight of the box via gravity descends the box to the bottom. Pretty basic design I suppose but I'm wondering if anyone has made something like this, has pictures, plans etc.

          If not, any ideas, suggestions etc?

          (this is of course so that my kids can do firewood now rather than me schlepping it up the flight of stairs to our living room!)

          Piper
          Let the kids schlep it up the stairs. Builds muscle and integrity.
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          • #6
            Northern sells a low-end electric winch with mounting hardware (four bolts to whatever you bolt it to), they put them on sale a few times a year with free shipping.

            I've used them for light duty theatrical rigging.

            I'd worry about clipping someone's fingers off with a home-brewed rig like this, though.

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            • #7
              HF puts there electric winch on sail all the time. i have had mine for a few years now used mostly for lifting my riding mower to clean under the deck or remove the deck. it comes with a pulley to double the lifting capacity and slow it down as well. it has a built in stop switch and runs off 120V. thats what i would use for a power lift.
              i agree 100% about the lil fingers, so maybe let them load but don't plug it in till they come up and tel you its ready to lift with you watching. depending on there age and responsibility level. i would build an outer cage door that must be closed to allow power to the lift ( just like an elevator)

              i have this one.
              http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=44006

              good luck and be shore to show us what yo end up with .
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              • #8
                My thoughts on the project are,

                A hydraulic ram inside a pipe in the ground, put limiting orifices in the ram fittings this would prevent a runaway in case of a hose break. if you have a wood splitter all you would need to do is install quick disconnects for both rams. Hydraulics has safety advantages due to pressure control adjustments in the spool valves..

                The lift needs to be enclosed with safety limit switches switch or exposed with no pinch / entrapping points...A basket attached via rollers to an I beam (tilted or vertical) would be a good conveyor system..
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by fun4now View Post
                  HF puts there electric winch on sail all the time. i have had mine for a few years now used mostly for lifting my riding mower to clean under the deck or remove the deck. it comes with a pulley to double the lifting capacity and slow it down as well. it has a built in stop switch and runs off 120V. thats what i would use for a power lift.
                  i agree 100% about the lil fingers, so maybe let them load but don't plug it in till they come up and tel you its ready to lift with you watching. depending on there age and responsibility level. i would build an outer cage door that must be closed to allow power to the lift ( just like an elevator)

                  i have this one.
                  http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=44006

                  good luck and be shore to show us what yo end up with .

                  That's the one I used- mine had four threaded mounting holes in the sheet metal body that took supplied metric bolts.

                  Using this winch within it's limits can get you a lot of bang for your buck.

                  ...now I gotta buy another one after all this

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