During one of my somewhat sporadic efforts to clean up the garage/workshop so I can actually do something once in a while without rearranging stuff, moving cars, and cursing, I decided I needed an easy way to get some of the heavier stuff off the floor, and somehow stored higher up. A bit of Googling turned up the RacorPro HeavyLift. Its reviews on Amazon were generally favorable, although many panned the installation instructions. When assembled, the HeavyLift consists of a 4’×4′ wire mesh platform, steel support beams, a hand crank, and a pulley/winding axle system that can handle up to 250 pounds. The platform lowers 8′ from the ceiling.
A bit of products Googling a few weeks ago found some reasonable prices, so I bit the bullet and ordered one — when I ordered, the best price I found from well-known vendors was at DoItBest, and it included free shipping (they call it “Ship-to-Store”) to a local store; it now appears that Amazon, among known vendors, has the lowest price, $122.95 with free shipping for Amazon Prime. I picked up the unit today. Using the revised installation hints found on Amazon, I will be assembling and installing the unit “soon” — I need to clear some space in the garage first — and will post results when I’m done.