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13 of 13 found the following review helpful:
The best little windlass for the moneyOct 11, 2011
By Sherman A. Thompson
I am elderly and losing more strength every year. I have a very heavy glass and metal window in the utility room that must be raised and lowered manually as the weather changes. I realize that one day I will be physically unable to manage this window and must plan for that day now. I decided to rig a small block and tackle arrangement with a heavy old fashioned window sash weight to pull a raising cable. I drilled two holes in the bottom window flange and ran a small braided metal cable through the flange holes to attach the cable. This worked OK except the weight hit the floor before the window was fully raised. That's when I realized I needed a small windlass that could wind and store more cable. Small, simple, windlasses are hard to find in my area.
Searching local stores revealed nothing but big expensive boat haulers Then I ran across this little gem on Amazon. I drilled two bolt holes in the 2 x 4 above the window and It's now mounted. It winds the cable perfectly and effortlessly. With a 300 - 600 pound stress range I'm well within the limit. It also has a neat little locking lever that can be engaged at the selected window height. This unit is perfect for my purpose, inexpensive, and well made of good steel. I couldn't be more pleased. Window raising and lowering can now be done with one finger. It will last the rest of my life.
10 of 10 found the following review helpful:
Disposable JunkAug 23, 2011
By Craig Warrington
Buyer beware - these should be sold in the dollar store and I'm not so sure you still wouldn't be overpaying.
I bought this rope hoist to help me lift items up into the attic above my garage and hopefully help me raise and lower a folding trailer I store against the wall, but after using it once it was clear it wasn't going to make the job easy.
The first issue with it is the nylon rollers. When under a load they don't spin as freely as metal rollers and as such they add a lot of friction to the lift. This might not be an issue with one or two rollers, but when you are going through six rollers it adds up. Just pulling the two halves of the lift apart to start the job requires more effort than you would think is necessary which tells me there is a lot of resistance in the rollers.
The second major issue is the super slick nylon rope that is provided. Aside from the fact it was super slippery and difficult to hold on to, it also wanted to continually twist and get tangled. After using the hoist once it was clear I would need to replace the rope with something else if I wanted to have any grip, so I opted to replace the rope with 1/4" braided nylon rope that is stronger and less prone to tangles.
That said, the second time I used the hoist was the last time. I was using it to lift an item with a known weight of 85lbs and it made it feel like I was lifting it with a single pulley rather than a block. At one point when the load was about six feet off the ground I released some tension on the rope and the load very slowly started coming back down almost as if there was a brake engaged on the rollers.
As I continued to raise the load it became more difficult and was obvious the resistance of the rollers was significant. When I had the load fully raised into my attic I started releasing the rope and the load never moved. After pulling on it I was finally able to lower the load at which time I discovered that one of the rollers had broken from the shaft holding it in place and locked in place, so what I was actually doing is pulling the rope against it the entire way which had actually worn through about 25% of the roller.
I could have tried to bypass that one roller and continue to use it, but considering it couldn't handle a simple 85lb load without failure I wouldn't feel safe trying to lift anything heavier. I did examine the other rollers and although they would spin freely with no load, any load on them at all would cause them to turn with much more difficulty, so in the name of safety the entire hoist went in the trash.
I'm going to opt to replace it with two pulleys that contain metal rollers instead. Yes it will cost a few bucks more, but metal pulleys are known to last for decades with no issues as opposed to something that is only sufficient for two jobs. I wouldn't trust this hoist for anything over 20lbs, and I surely wouldn't recommend it to others.
9 of 9 found the following review helpful:
Rope HoistOct 24, 2010
By J. Bredehoft
We purchased this item to suspend our light-weight greenhouse to the rafters of our barn. It works beautifully and our greenhouse will be ready for spring without re-assembly.
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
Rope HoistDec 11, 2010
By K. Weerts
This rope hoist is great. It uses compound pulleys that allow me to easily hang a sixty pound piece of equipment high on the inside wall of my garage. The price was right too!
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
flimsyAug 18, 2011
By J. S. Boster
I have been building a shed by myself and so have needed pulleys to help move components into place. These pulleys were not up to the task -- the rope is thin and slippery making it difficult to grip tightly enough to lift anything; the links connecting the pulley to whatever you would like to lift are weak and bend easily; under strain the ropes bind around each other such that the friction overcomes whatever mechanical advantage the pulleys might give; and the overall quality is poor. Even though it is inexpensive, it is worthwhile buying a more substantial block and tackle system for most jobs in which someone would actually need the use of a pulley system.
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