A powered chain hoist — like this 2-ton model from Milwaukee — makes heavy lifting tasks around the shop easy. Attach it to a rolling frame (or a shop crane) and you can pick up almost anything in the shop up to 10′ high at 8’/min.
Better yet, if you’ve got an overhead beam that can bear the weight, you’re set for life. My father and I rented a shop space a number of years ago that had a single high-load-rated I-beam running down the middle of the shop. A “car” rolled along it and featured a hook — on which we promptly hung one of these. (It was a different brand, but you get the idea.) I once loaded and unloaded a Bridgeport mill all by myself with it.
This model runs on either 115V or 230V and draws 16 amps at 115V. It has a multiple-disc magnetic brake to hold your load, and you can adjust the upper and lower limit switches for your particular application/installation. Operation is dirt simple: just push the rocker switch one way for up and the other way for down.
Street pricing starts around $1,650, but you’ll want to keep an eye on shipping costs if you order it as it weighs a little over 100 pounds.