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  • garage Elevator Man lift project

    I would like to build a man lift/elevator with a 1000lbs capacity.

    I have been looking for a used palette lift but haven't seen one locally for over a year. Shipping is cost prohibitive.

    The attic opening is 4x6' and the total lift height needs to be 9'

    The platform should also fold to save space when not in use.

    I was thinking of hydraulic or worm gear type or even a winch with pulleys.

    Open to suggestions!

    What size/type and thickness of steel should I use?

    Thanks

    Eric

  • #2
    Anytime a post starts with:

    "I'd like to build a XXXX".

    And ends with:

    "What style/type and thickness of steel".

    You know this, the poster has no buisness building "XXXX". Either get someone else to do the job, or educate yourself to the point that you don't have to ask kindergarden level questions. That way nobody will likely get hurt. At your present level of understanding you are a disaster just a waiting to happen.

    Or buy a used scissor lift.

    Either way you need to gain a significant amount of knowledge before embarking, and asking what type of material isn't educating yourself. Price check liability insurance for the work you're contemplating and you'll have maybe an idea what might be involved.

    JT

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    • #3
      JT is correct.

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      • #4
        FYI - Most winches are not designed for a vertical pull/load holding. I Definately would not go that route....

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        • #5
          garage Elevator Man lift project

          "You know this, the poster has no buisness building "XXXX". Either get someone else to do the job, or educate yourself to the point that you don't have to ask kindergarden level questions"

          Thought I would ask the "experts"; if you don't know the answer no need to ridicule me a mere mortal.

          Liability insurance?? Will be used at home for my purposes by myself only. Oh yah I don't live in the USA where everybody is lawyered up and looking for an easy pay day.

          Would I build this for someone else or for money? No as I don't want someone using the lift above capacity or incorrectly and getting injured.

          I can build whatever I want at home and utilize it as I see fit and nobody can tell me otherwise including you!

          Thanks 4 nothing

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ericher69 View Post
            "You know this, the poster has no buisness building "XXXX". Either get someone else to do the job, or educate yourself to the point that you don't have to ask kindergarden level questions"

            Thought I would ask the "experts"; if you don't know the answer no need to ridicule me a mere mortal.

            Liability insurance?? Will be used at home for my purposes by myself only. Oh yah I don't live in the USA where everybody is lawyered up and looking for an easy pay day.

            Would I build this for someone else or for money? No as I don't want someone using the lift above capacity or incorrectly and getting injured.

            I can build whatever I want at home and utilize it as I see fit and nobody can tell me otherwise including you!

            Thanks 4 nothing
            1) Dont come to an AMERICAN website hosted by an AMERICAN company and bash AMERICA because it will get you no where fast.

            2) Wherever this will be installed, used by you and you only does not make it safe. You will not own that building forever - no one ever has and no one ever will. There is always the potential for someone else to get hurt because of someones stupidity.

            3) You build whatever you want at home and utilize it as you see fit - I have a feeling no one here will tell you any different on how to use it or build it.

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            • #7
              garage Elevator Man lift project

              1) If you can't tell the difference between Country bashing and hard facts ; http://www.sixwise.com/newsletters/06/10/05/how-many-lawsuits-are-there-in-the-us--amp-what-are-they-for-an-amazing-overview.htm
              Then I feel sorry for you

              2) you have a point and you are right

              3) Big loss! Lol

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ericher69 View Post

                Thought I would ask the "experts"; if you don't know the answer no need to ridicule me a mere mortal.


                I can build whatever I want at home and utilize it as I see fit and nobody can tell me otherwise including you!

                Thanks 4 nothing


                Well I really do know the answer, but the fact that you asked it means you are in way over your head. And if you actually read my post, I didn't ridicule anyone.

                Of course you can, I never said otherwise, I suggested you educate yourself beforehand and I'll stand by that.

                You're welcome.

                JT

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                • #9
                  Might want to goggle ''homemade elevator.'' Pictures of the area would help including ceiling area. It sounds like you are asking a lot as far as folding goes.
                  Might be cheaper to buy a gantry or copy one for what you require and use a electric chainfall. Your 1000 pound capacity may get used up quick depending on the platform construction. How much do you actually want to lift ? Can the attic hold the weight ??

                  http://www.bing.com/search?q=Wallace...try&FORM=R5FD7

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                  • #10
                    garage Elevator Man lift project

                    BD1;

                    Thanks for the advice and link.

                    I have a ballpark of 1000lbs to lift;

                    This includes platform, myself (250lbs), blower, tiller, blade etc about 400lbs.

                    Yes the attic has rough cut 2x8 joists 12" OC.

                    Largest unsupported span is 15 feet.

                    Will store heavy items over partition/supporting wall

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                    • #11
                      garage Elevator Man lift project

                      Will revise if it makes easier (regulation wise)
                      Will not use as a man lift

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                      • #12
                        Use 10 gauge plate,1x1 angle iron 1/8 will be heavy enough.And just tack it all together.If you don,t feel comfortable with your welds use 1/4-20 bolts.

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                        • #13
                          I wonder if this will turn into another, I want to build, you tell me how with knowing nothing and I will get it right first time threads.

                          Oh wait, it already did.

                          Now, if you want help, we would need to know things like where it will be built, height of building, accessibility, welding knowledge, tools, lifting direction (push/pull), how often you will use it, what it will really be carrying, can you count past 10 with your shoes on... and things like that.

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                          • #14
                            Some of you guys have been very rude. If you do not want to help and just be an ass...stay out of it. Do you want this to be another SFT

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                            • #15
                              A buddy of mine made a similar type set up for his bro. who was in a car accident and is now in a wheel chair.He made a elevator type set up to get from main level in house open door to garage roll on to ramp, push a button and it lowered him down to garage floor level where he just rolled off. It was a very cool but yet simple and effective system I want to say just some mild steel plate, some angle a couple of pullyes mounted to a shaft driven by a motor wich was activated by a garage door opener switch.

                              It still works to this day, I know the purpose is a bit different but the theory is the same, go for it hope this helps u some.

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