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    Hoist installation

    Has anyone put an I beam hoist in their shop? How was the I beam supported?

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    It may not be what you are looking for, but I have a stowing I-beam hoist for lifting stuff to my second story shop.







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    To be effective, it really needs to be able to travel on 2 axes. I had to shift some heavy equipment around my shop, so I built a mobile gantry. It scared me a bit when I lifted some of the equipment off the pallet, but it did the job. Unless you have a particular need for a dedicated hoist, maybe a mobile system would be adequate.

    Alan's hoist looks as impressive as his dust collection system - is there no end to his inventiveness?

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    I have an I-beam between my old garage and the new addition. It is mounted on top of 4x6 posts with lag bolts. It spans a 10' opening in the wall and holds up the roof trusses. It was sized to hold the roof loads plus a 3500# point load. I have a one ton hoist on a trolley. It makes it nice for pulling engines (my other hobby) and lifting machinery out of my pickup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Hawthorne View Post
    Alan's hoist looks as impressive as his dust collection system - is there no end to his inventiveness?
    Thanks, and I hope not!

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    One of the best things I have added to my shop!
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    Nice

    Alan,

    that's a modern version of an old barn hoist. I lived on my grandfather's farm as a child and we farmed it for two years. We put up loose hay using a mixture of grandfather's old wagons and modern tractors and cutter bars. The loose hay came up to the barn on a wagon and was lifted, by hand with ropes, pulleys, and a large fork attached to the hoist on a track that ran from the door to the other side of the barn.

    If I ever build the shop I want, I think some form of what you have would be ideal for the second floor.

    John

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    Alan I just saw your shop featured in the new fine woodworking magazine! Including the hoist. Great job!! And excellent shop and use of upstairs space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brett gallmeyer View Post
    Alan I just saw your shop featured in the new fine woodworking magazine! Including the hoist. Great job!! And excellent shop and use of upstairs space.
    Thanks!

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    That's pretty awesome, Alan. Makes my simple hoist look like a joke.

    Nice work. Sure must beat carrying up stairs.

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