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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.

RacorPro PHL-1R HeavyLift [Manufacturer’s Site]
Racor PHL-1R Pro HeavyLift Via Amazon [What’s This?]
Street Pricing [Google Products]

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19 Responses to RacorPro HeavyLift

  1. rob says:

    built one years ago for Wrangler hard top. took two guys but you just pulled under it and slowly lowered into place.

  2. Old Coot says:

    Great concept, but I’m in earthquake country and would want to install some sides to restrain things that are hanging over my head and vehicles.

  3. Rick says:

    I built one with sides a few years ago. 2×6’s, 2×4’s 3/4″ Ply, rope, pulleys, eyebolts, and a hand crank winch. Weighs about 35lbs, and can carry more than the ceiling rafters can support. With the winch I think it cost me about $100.

  4. Rembreto says:

    OK… I’m looking at that photo and there’s a track for an overhead door to the left and then there is the face of an overhead door to the right. Does that door to the right open to the outside? Another interior perhaps? Do photographers really think no one will notice?

  5. Chris says:

    I guess I’m unlucky. I don’t have 20′ garage ceilings.

  6. TommyP says:

    Thanks, I was curious what those ran. Just not curious enough to call some salesperson.

    That’s less than I had thought.

  7. Gil says:

    No not the Audi! They need to put sides on it.

  8. David says:

    What I want to know is if these will work with engineered joists rather than solid wood joists?

  9. Spyrus says:

    I’d be interested to see what the plans looked like for what Rick built. I am curious how many pullys you used and how it all came together.

  10. Dave B. says:

    I too would like to see some pictures or plans of the one built by Rick.

  11. numb3rsix says:

    Why is it not possible to have doors on perpendicular walls of one’s shop?

  12. numb3rsix says:

    To further clarify, I’ve seen many a shop set up like this where the other garage door that faces into the main shop opens to a paint room or something similar. Buddy has just such a setup.

  13. kyle says:

    I saw one that came with a crank to go in a power drill, it may have been in the 09-10 craftsman cataloge

  14. Gordon DeWitte says:

    @kyle: This one has that option. If you don’t connect the hand crank (via a bolt through the shaft), there’s a hex section that will fit in a power drill.

  15. Mitch says:

    This looks like it would take 25,000 cranks to pull it up. Or if it pulls up fast, then it would take a lot of force.

  16. Gordon DeWitte says:

    @Mitch: one or more of the comments on Amazon did indicate that using the hand crank was a good workout.

  17. KoKo the Talking Ape says:

    If a power drill would work, then you could use a pneumatic drill that runs off compressed air. More powerful and reliable.

  18. Karl says:

    check out this guy’s design for a hoist to store his trailer: http://panofish.net/garage-trailer-lift/
    It seems like you would want to be very careful not to overload the trusses if you were to try something like this

  19. PharmDGuy says:

    Bought one from Sears and Installed it this weekend. After I loaded it, I remembered that I should have check the cable clamps. The next day, I did and noticed they were all loose from the factory. I used Loctite threadlock on all of the cable clamps and while at also used the thread lock on all the nuts for the j-bolts. I noticed the bar twisting when the J-bolts were tightenned too much. I secured a 2×2 around the platform perimter to act as a stop to keep items from sliding over the edge from an accidental push from the other side. I also bolted the grates together to ensure they stay connected. I like the idea, but this product needs a lot of improvements. I didn’t like the quality of the nuts and bolts. I got the sense they were not high grade steel fasteners. I will be keeping my total load to under 200 pounds.

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