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I'm considering installing a chain hoist in my garage. We just moved into a new home, and a three-bay garage came with the package.
I'm tying to set up a small shop for woodworking projects -- (e.g., cabinetry, furniture projects, etc.) I've been a general contractor for 30 years, so I know something about construction, but I've never installed a chain-hoist, and that's the route that I'm considering for removing these heavy machines from their skids, and installing them on mobile bases.
in most cases, the machines weigh under 1000 pounds, and they won't be lifted more than once.
I've ordered a Min Max MM16 bandsaw, a Powermatic 2000, a Grizzly 8" jointer, a drill press, etc., etc. Most of these machines weigh in the 400-600 pound range, so we're talking about significant weight in people terms, but not when contemplating mechanical lifting devices.
I want to install an overhead, mechanical chain hoist and use automotive, nylon recovery straps to pick up these tools, when necessary, and also to pick up the occasional heavy finished project for loading into delivery vehicles.
I'm looking for advice on the best, safest rigging techniques. The ceiling is 10' 2" high, I have 9' garage doors, and the ceiling framing members are 12" TJI floor joists laminated with 5/8" drywall.
I'm thinking I can use perforated steel angle iron and span several joists, then construct (also of angle iron) some kind of cradle for the chain hoist's upper attachment hook.
Has anybody done something similar, and can you point me in the right direction. I'm not locked into this approach, if there's an easier way. I'm looking for any sort of solution that is both manageable, safe, and repeatable.
The thing that worries me about these truss joists is that you have to be very careful about messing with their bottom chords, and I'm worried that drilling holes and attaching bolts through them might compromise their engineering.
As I said, though, I'm open to a non-ceiling method of hoisting this equipment. I don't have a lot of extra storage space, or I'd seriously consider purchasing a floor-mounted, portable engine hoist.
Any thoughts/advice would be greatly appreciated.