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LF Ideas for hand cranks on a light rack

Discussion in 'DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Projects' started by SynDen, Feb 4, 2019.

  1. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    So working on getting my light hung up on the big tank. Building a fairly simple pulley system that will let me raise and lower all the lights. I want to attach the cable for it to a hand crank of some sort, so that I can easily raise and lower it to where I want it.

    Thinking to use a hand crank similar to this
    https://www.amazon.com/Vestil-WALL-S-Mounted-Winch-Single/dp/B01CPHW3UU#feature-bullets-btf
    but its big and bulky. I also thought about going motorized but that gets even bigger.
    I only need to lift the lights about 18 inches or so, and wont weigh much more then 50-100 pounds max, so dont really need something that will lift 1000+ pounds

    So wondering if there are other options out there. Anyone know, or used any other type of compact, and affordable winches, hand or motorized?
     
  2. kchristensen8064

    kchristensen8064 Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    Ram Pro Heavy Duty Hand Winch, Hand Crank Strap Gear Winch Steel Construction Provides Excellent Load Lifting Facility Solution for a Wide Variety of Applications https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MDXFFVG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_i.kwCb542ZMJ9

    This one is not terribly big.
     
  3. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    Thanks, but that one pretty much the same just handle on the side.

    Found one that looks better with the handle on the front. looks a bit better and decent price. Still bigger then I would like though.
    https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200670594_200670594?cm_mmc=Google-pla
     
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2019
  4. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Tuna Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Why do you need the winch part at all? I use these for bike storage in my garage, they lift the bike up more or less level. And then it has a "rope cleat" that you wrap the rope around to hold it there. You could do this at any height you'd like. Just have to rig the connections probably, from hooks to carabeaners or something. If you are not going to motorize it, I would think this is a faster and sleeker approach than 150 turns on a crank to get it to move 6 inches up....
     
  5. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    I don't 'need' one. I have used the the cleat before but the crank just makes it nice and easy, plus I can use a coated cable which wont stretch of fray like those ropes.
     
  6. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    Why not get a motorized lift? I think Harbor Freight has smaller ones that would work for this purpose.


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  7. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Tuna Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

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  8. halmus

    halmus Prawn Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Secretary

    Second vote for the motorized lift. You know me, why go with the simple solution when you can automate it? Only you need to wire it up to “the clapper” so that you don’t have to do something complicated like turn a switch. Just clap your hands twice for up, once for down.
     
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  9. halmus

    halmus Prawn Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Secretary

    To add something useful to the conversation (compared to my normal remarks), you might want to consider some sort of safety lanyard system or failsafe so that the light rack can never possibly touch the water if your lowering mechanism fails.
     
  10. neil82

    neil82 Cuttle Fish M.A.S.C Club Member

    +1
    Love the idea of a crank or pulley system, but a safety mechanism is a must!
     
  11. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    Ended up ordering this guy. Still big and bulky but at least it came in black. 1549936857515.jpg

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