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Canopy Hoist - looking for input
« on: August 10, 2017, 08:28:17 AM »
I am in the process of researching options for Hoisting Canopy to the ceiling of Garage/Shop.  I would love to see what options are out there.  I have seen a few via sears and aftermarket companies, but get a little gun shy on the canopy that weighs over 300 lbs. 

Most of the commercially available options I have seen so far are short on weight limited to about 250lbs.

Let me know what you have constructed in home made or if you have suggestions of the commercially available.  I am setting this up on an open span pole building trusses, so I have lots of space to make it stout.


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Re: Canopy Hoist - looking for input
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2017, 08:30:58 AM »
You going to have a rack on top?

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Re: Canopy Hoist - looking for input
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2017, 08:35:36 AM »
I used 4 ratchet straps and foam floatee noodles on corners
I lift with my back in center to break the seals and then crank up the ratchet straps
I did this on a full size Leer on an F250 longbox
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Re: Canopy Hoist - looking for input
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2017, 08:37:26 AM »
yes new Canopy has rack on top.  I have seen folks lifting from those on the internet, but due to the weight of the Canopy a little gun-shy of doings so.  I was going to slide 2x6 underneath and lift from the 2x6, but it is the hoist system that I was hoping to replicate.  14 foot trusses and was hoping someone would share their overbuilt home made pulley system with me.


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Re: Canopy Hoist - looking for input
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2017, 08:37:40 AM »
This looks pretty simple. If you do a rack, you could attach it at 4 points to spread the weight.

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Re: Canopy Hoist - looking for input
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2017, 08:38:50 AM »
I used 4 ratchet straps and foam floatee noodles on corners
I lift with my back in center to break the seals and then crank up the ratchet straps
I did this on a full size Leer on an F250 longbox
easy

I was looking at ratchet straps, but I need to get it up to the 14 foot trusses to be able to use the rest of the shop.  I am doing the same with hoist for the 400lb 5th wheel hitch, so I can do this all myself and don't need 4 people and a tractor.


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Re: Canopy Hoist - looking for input
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2017, 09:07:03 AM »
good luck 14ft up is scary
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Re: Canopy Hoist - looking for input
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2017, 09:54:43 AM »
This looks pretty simple. If you do a rack, you could attach it at 4 points to spread the weight.

Yes, I looked at this format. and I noticed some similar options using a block or a couple of different blocks.  Ideally, I would like this to be as smooth as possible, and get it up and out of the way.  I am thinking boat trailer winch mounted to the post and pulley directly over head on the truss to pulley over the canopy, but am hoping someone else has input.

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Re: Canopy Hoist - looking for input
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Re: Canopy Hoist - looking for input
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2017, 10:30:38 AM »
The guy that built my pole barn said don't use the trusses to suspend things.
They are not designed for that kind of load. Just a friendly warning - I'd hate to have your canopy come crashing down!

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Re: Canopy Hoist - looking for input
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2017, 10:45:41 AM »
I am not sure the weight of mine (Toyota Pickup), but I just got some pulleys from Ace and rope for a single reduction lift and attached mine to the rack on the canopy. 

Looking around I note this, which is probably cheaper than what I spent.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01FOQJUUK/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A1KWDWQRT5FP7U&psc=1


That's only 65' of rope, but you could modify it to add your own.

My biggest concern with lifting from the bottom is that you are lifting from below the center of mass/gravity, and any slight shift could have the whole thing crashing down.   I would look to create a solid attachment to the canopy, somehow (I would try the rack first, I think, low to the ground, to make sure the rack fasteners are solid), and have the lift point from above the canopy.  After that, you only need to be concerned about leveling the load so it goes up level.

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Re: Canopy Hoist - looking for input
« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2017, 11:39:21 AM »
The guy that built my pole barn said don't use the trusses to suspend things.
They are not designed for that kind of load. Just a friendly warning - I'd hate to have your canopy come crashing down!

Thank you for the heads up.

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Re: Canopy Hoist - looking for input
« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2017, 10:16:53 AM »
This one lifts over 400lbs
http://www.caplift.org/
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Re: Canopy Hoist - looking for input
« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2017, 11:08:02 AM »
KISS.  Get 4 straps and a chain hoist.  Done. :twocents:
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Re: Canopy Hoist - looking for input
« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2017, 02:16:10 PM »
This one lifts over 400lbs
http://www.caplift.org/

thank you.  That gave me some good ideas.   a buddy of mine built one for taking off his jeep tub.  He gave me the baseline, and I will take pictures when complete.  a little more significant in size, but way low cost with electric hoist.  very similar to what you all have suggested in Electric Hoist/winch, but gave me the spanning material and format.  more to share in a few weeks.


 

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