While the name “Ladder Lift” sounds like an old person sitting in a chair that takes 30 minutes to creep its way up a flight of stairs, it’s actually a way to reclaim valuable wall space by putting any rig up to 150 lbs. on the ceiling instead.
As far as we can tell, it operates much like blinds: link the top rung of a ladder to the hook mounted to a ceiling joist, attach the strap from the line to the bottom rung, then haul away and lock the cord. Even heavy ladders are manageable because you’re not lifting the entire weight of the ladder, and the block-and-tackle provides an 8:1 mechanical advantage.
Expect to shell out $50 for the system if you’re in the market. We suspect the big question will be whether that 8-10 feet of wall space is valuable enough to spend $50 to get it back. It looks like a neat system, even if you’ve now traded space for a dangling cord in the middle of your shop.