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Recommended Winch for Lifting Platform in Garage

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I plan to build a pulley system to lift a platform of seldom used items like paint cans and file cabinets. I have an 11 foot ceiling on my garage and I want to use this to lift the platform up above my head to free up space until I need it again. This appears to be exactly what I need since I can use a drill to lift and lower it faster. I saw you recommended this for someone else that was doing this with a kayak. I anticipate the platform and everything on it to not weigh more than 300lbs. Would this winch be suitable for this task? Do I have to mount it on the ground or could I mount it on the ceiling and use a 5/8th hex bar extension attachment from the ground?

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While you certainly could use a worm gear winch such as # DL11001, I recommend using the Dutton-Lainson Hand Winch # DL10976, which is designed for what you are trying to do. This winch can be mounted to your ceiling and you can use Hex Shaft # DL406102 which will allow a drill to crank it, and you'll also want Hand Winch Cable with Safety Hook # DL24045. This winch has a capacity of 2,000 lbs which will be more than enough for your 300 lbs of gear.

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Kyle S

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I was wondering if you have an extension that allows me to uses a drill to raise and lower the winch if it was mounted on the ceiling. I can't find it anywhere but I know they exist for basketball hoops and lift systems. Any advice on that?

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The Hex Shaft # DL406102 is going to allow you to use a drill with Dutton-Lainson Winch # DL10976, though there is not an extension for this. So you would need to use something like the Telesteps Folding Step Stool - Aluminum - 300 lbs Item # TE97FR, which at 12" is the tallest folding we carry and may help you reach your garage ceiling.

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Kyle S

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