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Old 11-07-2014, 09:30 AM
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Default Winch for moving stuff downstairs?? Need ideas!

This is a real life idea/problem I need to solve.

Say you had a storage room downstairs and you constantly take stuff in and out of the room. How would you make it easier on your legs and sanity?

I'm thinking -
Simple track on each side of the staircase
A piece of ply (or whatever) that lays on the track (I can put metal on the edges so the track is metal on metal).
A winch at the top of the staircase to pull up and let down loads

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1. Can winches pull and release safely with a load? I.e. to take the load downstairs, will an electric winch hold the weight and unwind or is it only meant for pulling weight? We are talking very light weights. Max weight is 150lbs. Most times much less.

2. Do you have a better idea other than not be lazy and look at health benefits of doing it manually? Elevators are a bit out of the Budget as well.
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There are stair dollies used to move safes up and down stairs. I don't know the cost. But that sounds a bit safer. No pun intended.

here is one link

http://www.powermate.info/
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Who's gonna be down stairs to load the thing?
If you have to go down to load it you're already half done !?!?!?!
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^Pretty cool dolly. I think it would be too slow though. It's usually a lot of smaller boxes so weight and size aren't usually an issue.

Safety? Ha. Not required.
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For an elderly friend, I put up one of the cheapie Harbor Freight 12v boat winch and a lawn tractor battery. Mounted on a 6x6 support that held the roof over her 2nd story entrance way, cable went to a pulley on an exposed rafter. Used a milk crate with a 10lb dumbbell weight attached to the bottom. Worked great for her, think it cost me about $100 total
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Originally Posted by KeithS View Post
Who's gonna be down stairs to load the thing?
If you have to go down to load it you're already half done !?!?!?!
Fair point....although up and down stairs with extra weight is different.

It's more taking things downstairs than up. As we bring in inventory, we unload it all and take it downstairs for storage. As there are sales, it's brought upstairs a bit more piecemeal.
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I once used a Powerwinch to winch an old furnace out of a buddy's basement. It wasn't pretty, but we got it done. A power in/power out winch may get the job done. Bear in mind that if employees are using it, you may have some liability exposure there.
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Do the box toss..
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This is sort of long but entertaining PDF of making an inexpensive DIY stair-lift that could possibly actually be made to work for your needs.

Build your own stair lift
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How about a conveyor belt or roller conveyor that can be placed on the stairs when needed or left there if its small enough
http://conveyors.apluswhs.com/roller-conveyors/

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Check out these things I just found. That stairclimbing dolly is sick!

http://www.hercules.com.au/index.php...irclimbers=yes

http://www.harmar.com/products/CL350
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How many stairs? How wide are they? Are they straight?
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How about a conveyor belt or roller conveyor that can be placed on the stairs when needed or left there if its small enough
http://conveyors.apluswhs.com/roller-conveyors/
Good find. I tried looking for a smaller one that was portable or foldable but no such luck unless it's the gravity ones. Going to poke around this site.

Holy smokes, they have a "mini" one that goes 25'.
http://conveyors.apluswhs.com/power-...wer-conveyors/
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How many stairs? How wide are they? Are they straight?
New place and I'm not in yet (nor have access) so can't give exacts. Straight although there is a landing at the bottom then another two stairs at a 90 degree but it's wide open and that's easy enough.
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Do like we did in lighthouses. Cut a trap door in floor and lower with a chain hoist . Moved generators, and other heavy items easily into basement.
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Here are few ways.



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http://www.stairtamercargolifts.com/
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New place and I'm not in yet (nor have access) so can't give exacts. Straight although there is a landing at the bottom then another two stairs at a 90 degree but it's wide open and that's easy enough.
For smaller safes that aren't too heavy but just too heavy to carry I use a couple of 2x4 covered with commercial carpet. Put the safe on it and lower with a rope around your waist. At the landing repeat with shorter 2x4 or use a hand truck with the V belts at the bottom to let the boxes down the last couple of steps.
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