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Old 04-12-2005, 10:20 PM   #1
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Storage space is always at a premium. No matter how big the garage or barn they seem to fill up.

I was looking at storage racks that use lifts to raise your sleds one over the other. When I built this house I had a 3 1/2 car garage attached with a 13ft ceiling for a hoist so I have height. I was thinking to save floor space I could use one of these to stack 2 sleds on the top two spaces and tuck my lawn tractor in the bottom. I don't like the barn because it is damp and has a half dirt floor so I thought this may be a good alternative.

Has anyone used one of these EZ Lift storage systems or another brand that worked out well?

Anyone fabricate there own similar rack?

Any suggestions or other ideas for inside vertical storage?

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Old 04-13-2005, 09:22 AM   #2
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You mentioned a "hoist". I have a 4 post 12 ton car lift (hoist?) in my garage. Built a shelf over the work bench and use the lift to raise sleds or ATV's high enough to drive onto the shelf. I can store 3 of either there for the off season. Never used any like you are asking about. But thought your "hoist" may be a lift and my concept might give you some ideas.
When I'm not using the lift I store my 2 place trailer on it.

Friend of mine has a lift on wheels that he puts his Vette on to store things under.
He has a bad back also and raises the car to easy work height to clean the wheels, rocker panels exhaust etc.
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Old 04-13-2005, 02:03 PM   #3
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Originally posted by SnoKing@Apr 13 2005, 10:22 AM
Friend of mine has a lift on wheels that he puts his Vette on to store things under.
He has a bad back also and raises the car to easy work height to clean the wheels, rocker panels exhaust etc.
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Old 04-13-2005, 05:11 PM   #4
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I believe he bought his from a dealer in the Chicgo area and spent about $5,000.00

Here is a link for similar automotive products

http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/sto...CMID=osclrp8039
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Old 04-13-2005, 07:14 PM   #5
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A rope and pully system works for me...Hook the rope to the front bumper , pull sled vertical..Takes very little wall space to store sleds...
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Old 04-13-2005, 10:59 PM   #6
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Thanks for the suggestions.

Snoking< I never though of the suspended shelf idea. I do have lots of overhead room around the perimeter that is wasted space. I&#39;ll look closer at that idea. I&#39;ll take a picture and post it.

I don&#39;t have a lift in that garage now. That was the intent. I have decided to put another shop up out back 30X30 as a working shop only. No vehicle or sled storage at this point. Due to a few contractor errors when building, my main garage has a few major screw ups I never noticed until it was too late. There was so much going on and I was managing a project 2 hrs away at the time so I was in a fog.

Garage was designed 36X26. Pad was poured incorrect and it was framed to 32X26. End bay where the hoist is supposed to be now ended up 4 ft too narrow and there is not enough clearance for the vertical columns and access around them.

Putting it in the double bay in the middle would cost both spaces. (the wife parks her car there and likes the big space and larger door). So I have a 13 ft high ceiling in a parking garage. Doh. I was looking at moving the doors but it is a major structural project and a new shop is more cost effective in the long run.

Hardcore 2 are you serious? What did you do to support it. I never though of a vertical literally solution.

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Old 04-14-2005, 05:57 AM   #7
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I used to do as Hardcore suggests. A little hard on the mud flaps. You just leave them there leaning against the wall - nearly straight up and down. I used a boat winch on a bracket that fit over a rafter to crank the front ends up. This does let you store 2 sleds in a space with the same size footprint that one would normally have. Eventually, the sleds became too long to do this in a standard garage though.
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Old 04-14-2005, 07:53 AM   #8
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You could consider standing on their nose which reduces the lifting weight but may keep them farther off the wall. I put 6 sleds inside a 4 place trailer by lifting the rear and supporting them on home made jack stands and driving the nose of the next sled under the track. You could use this technique along (parallel) a wall to reduce the length. I had posted some pics of the trailer loading last year.
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Old 04-14-2005, 04:42 PM   #9
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I don&#39;t have space issues anymore, but back in the day when I just had a small 2 car attached garage, I always parked 2 cars and 2 sleds in there. Just built myself a big, heavy-duty floor out of 2x6&#39;s and plywood that hung from the ceiling joists by more 2x6&#39;s that I slid right through the drywall on the ceiling. I climbed in the attic and used a bunch of nuts/bolts put through the supports into the cieling joists, and made sure to put solid ties between all the cieling joists in the garage to help spread the load. Built a ramp and drove the sleds right up there so basically I had a fixed, hovering floor about 5 feet off the ground that hovered above the hoods of our cars. Other than wacking my head on the thing a few times, it worked great. Unfortunately I can&#39;t find any photos, so hopefully my description does some justice.

If you want to do something like this &#39;homemade&#39; you might save a lot of work and materials by just buying an older 2 place trailer and remove the axle and tongue. Hang that from the cieling or put it up on posts.

If you want to spend money on a lift, check out www.northerntool.com. They seem to have a lot to choose from. I also see a lot of them advertised in the back of Hot Rod and Car Craft, and other such car magazines. I&#39;ve seen inexpensive car lifts for $1,600 to $2,000. Quality may not be as good as these $5K ones, but for just occasional storage use I bet they&#39;d work fine. Last time I went to a home show I saw a cool lift that had just one support, rather than 2 or 4 posts...handled less weight than a car lift, but didn&#39;t have all the posts in the way and looked pretty useful for a couple sleds. Unfortunately I can&#39;t recall the name brand! Sorry....
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Old 04-15-2005, 08:32 AM   #10
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Some great ideas here.

Below is the lift rack I was thinking about originally for the sleds.

I was thinking more about the shelf idea and I think I could build one beside my attic steps and above the stairs to the basement. I could fashion an I beam and trolley set up so I can lift them up and then roll them along the I beam into position. I could use the same I beam and trolley system for lifting and servicing other things like engines, mowers etc. I hadn&#39;t thought of a shelf before but it may proove to be the best idea as it uses no space and in sled season I could put the mower and lawn gear up there along with the bikes.

In the picture below beside the stairs is where I&#39;m thinking I could put a 2 sled shelf/deck hung from above.

Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I&#39;ve got a whole bunch of new possibilities.

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