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Fix'n it 07-04-2012 10:13 AM

panel lifts ?
i am wondering what, if any, issues i would have using an inexpensive drywall hoist. like these. they seem to get good reviews, but i am asking anyway.

rubberhead 07-10-2012 08:57 PM

Other than being slow. I've never seen or heard of any problems with them. I've never used one but watched the drywallers I worked with use it a fair bit and it seemed to save their backs on the big jobs.

joecaption 07-10-2012 09:11 PM

I bought my cheap one at Northern Tool, been using it for many years with out a hitch.
If your only do one job with it concider renting one.

Fix'n it 07-10-2012 10:00 PM

i am doing most of my house. over the course of the next few months. so renting is cost prohibitive . i found one, very locally, like new, for $100. its in my garage. when i am finished with it, back on CL.

Maintenance 6 07-11-2012 12:50 PM

They are all made in the same Chinese factory, but with different colors of paint, so buy the cheapest one you can.
I've had one for years and had to get the cable brake adjusted up properly. After that, never another issue.

PaliBob 07-11-2012 06:25 PM


Originally Posted by Fix'n it (Post 957658)
inexpensive drywall hoist.

That price is a steal. Here is one from HFT

Fix'n it 07-11-2012 09:55 PM


Originally Posted by Maintenance 6 (Post 963239)
They are all made in the same Chinese factory, but with different colors of paint,

i was thinking the same thing. as they all look exactly the same.


Originally Posted by PaliBob (Post 963495)
That price is a steal. Here is one from HFT

that looks exactly like mine. i am going to try using it this weekend.

PaliBob 07-11-2012 10:49 PM


Originally Posted by Fix'n it (Post 963692)
that looks exactly like mine..........

And the one from HFT that I linked was $65 more than the deal you got.

Fix'n it 07-12-2012 08:26 PM

and those must have just gone on sale. they were something around $270 in the store, not long ago.

Fix'n it 07-15-2012 09:53 AM

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yesterday i finished stripping the walls and cleaning up. i had extra time, so i set up the hoist. i will be using it shortly.

i asked about issues with these things. well, i found one. the pulleys for the cable. they are not well designed. as in, they wobble on their axles, and are not deep enough. so that the cable likes to fall off.
also, when in use, it "sounds" like the cable is frayed and coming apart. though i do not see any evidence of this.

more pics later.

DangerMouse 07-15-2012 09:57 AM

I just made my own. Saved the money.


Fix'n it 07-15-2012 10:13 AM

yeah, good for you. when i am finished using this lift. i am going to resell it on CL for what i paid for it. so, actually, i am just borrowing it.

DangerMouse 07-15-2012 10:23 AM


Originally Posted by Fix'n it (Post 966152)
yeah, good for you.

Sarcasm noted. Sorry if I came across as smarmy or anything, it was not meant that way. If you're poor like us, it's the only way to go if you have the few necessary pieces laying around, like I did. I had NO $$$ to spend to rent or buy and resell one, so I really had little option. If you'd like to see how it went, I did post it here.

Once again, sorry if I offended in any way.


DangerMouse 07-15-2012 10:25 AM

Oh, and here's more history if you're interested.



PaliBob 07-15-2012 11:03 AM

Fix'n, Thanks for the Pic
Looks like the perfect time to pull in more outlets
and add some foam insulation panels to the outside walls.

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