I just bought a chain hoist for my garage last week. It's somewhere in the southwest right now on it's way up. I got it from CVF supply and it was pretty cheap, so I'm sure the quality isn't there. When I get it set up I'll let you guys know if it's an absolute piece of garbage or not. It was about $60 for a 2 ton hoist including shipping. I can spend more than that drinking on a Friday night, so I figured I'd give it a whirl. For as much as I'll use it (not much) I won't mind if it falls apart after a couple of years. Especially for the price. I would have just got a cherry picker, but I'm very very very limited on my garage space and it's way too cold and my neighbors complain way to much to work with the door open.
I have a cheap 1 ton chain hoist that I got for 10 bux . Itst hanging from a small pice of chain thats wraped around two 6x2s that are bolted to the 4x4 studs using 4 half inch bolts. I`ve used that to pull many motors and I even used it to pick up a granada that had no spindles or axles so I could back a trailor under it . My 1 ton is still working fine so you`r 2 ton should last a long time :) .
I only paid $149 for my cherry picker- the legs fold up for storage. I think they have gone up a bit now, though.
Yeah, storage wasn't the problem, it was going to be the usage. my ceiling isn't tall enough, so I would had to do it with the front half of the car hanging out of the garage and the driveway has a slope to it. Even if my ceiling was tall enough there's not enough room to maneuver a cherry picker. It's barely a 2 car garage. Not much fun. When I get my super duper garage built with the 12 foot ceilings it won't be a problem. :)
I personally dont like cherry pickers because of the height limitations. I've used both but only owned a chain fall. For those of us that usually work alone, one thing nice about a chain fall is you can drop the chain down to the floor and lay under the car and shift the motor around while you raise or lower it. Try doing that with a cherry picker by yourself.
Well, it's somewhere between Phoenix and Indianapolis right now on a Fed Ex truck. I should probably start shoring up the roof and figure out where the best place would be to put this guy. I'm probably going to have to spin the car around too. hhhmmm.... not much fun with no way to power it. I'm glad these cars are so light.
Well, i got the hoist today. Not too bad. It's definitely beefy! The actuation is a little clunky, but it's definitely going to get the job done. It looks like a reman which might explain the low price. Oh well.... I'm happy.