100 bottles of beer on the wall

26 crates of tools in the shed
26 crates of tools
And when one of those crates gets unpacked
There’ll be 25 crates of tools in the shed.

Still slowly working through the boxes and crates of tools packed over a year ago, finding them new homes, or at least placing them where their home should be so I get an idea of just what storage options I still need.  Getting to the point that I will need to start making some, which will be good. I’m also looking at some other options to complement some cupboards, such as a collection of Festool systainers on roll boards stored under the TWC for all the miscellaneous items (abrasives, glues, various handtools etc).  Have to have a chat with my local Festool dealer (and yes, I mean that in the drug-dealer way – damned addiction that it is 🙂 ).

I am still finding items that will no longer be required, and so the sales pile is slowly growing.  Latest items include a Makita 3612 router, a Triton 184mm circular saw, a Triton Router table and stand, a scrollsaw, and a Dewalt radial arm saw.  This is also related to the Festool drug – as I look to upgrade tools, my current ones go on a hit list.  Still looking for expressions of interest (or preferably, offers to buy!) on the Torque Router Master, and the TS10L 52″ 3HP cast iron tablesaw.

On the mezzanine front, I decided the best option was a small crane arrangement from Hare & Forbes.  Costs only $209, so quite reasonable for what it is.


I will work out the best method to securely fix it to one of the main support beams, and add additional reinforcement to counteract the bending moment it will create for the beam.  It will still use a chain hoist to lift I expect, given its operational range is less than the height of the mezzanine, but that will be a bit of suck and see when I get it installed.  2200mm of operating height isn’t too bad, given the mezzanine floor is at something like 2800.  It might just mean something that needs lifting only needs to start from about the height of a workbench, which is an interesting proposition (but I still can’t see it working without a chain hoist being involved).

Irrespective, once the item is lifted above the mezzanine floor, the crane rotates easily allowing the load to be deposited onto the floor, rather than having to be collected from above the hole.  Still need to sort out some balustrading around each of the openings.

13 Responses

  1. Just a thought Stu, hoist on deals direct. David


  2. Would you consider adding a 12 car/trailer winch of some sort to do the lifting for you?

    • I actually have one, but I am concerned where it specifically says it is not for lifting. Not sure why, other than the potential issue that it will not like having to deal with a continual load when not being actively powered. Otherwise it would be a convenient option (and a lot cheaper (1/10th the price) than ones designed for lifting goods).

  3. Stu. Why not fit a universal beam across the apex and use a chain hoist on a dolly that you can lower down through the opening and then deposit any where down the centre of the mezzanine?

    • Did consider that, but there was no good structure to attach the beam to. To build a structure resting on the horizontal members would be feasible, but a lot more expensive than the crane solution.

      • If you could get a 4×2 down through to the concrete slab at either end of the mezzanine you could sit the steel universal beam, possibly a 150mm deep section (span tables are in my office and I am not there at present) on top of the timber supports. If the timber is fastened to the steel frame it would stiffen it sufficiently to carry a reasonable load.
        This way there is no point load on your new floor that was designed for live and dead loads that are in keeping with residential buildings.

  4. I was looking for a manual pallet lifter the other day and came across these. I don’t know the weight your planning on lifting but this rig lifts 200kg to a height of 5.1m (Price ?)


  5. You could make a beam on two a-frames, that wheels across the opening, with the hoist in the middle. Looks a bit like an oversized saw horse, but needs no overhead support. This would be a lot smaller, and easily fit in the corner while not being used. You coul weld it yourself, but have it tested and certified for insurance purposes. If you use the engine hoist instead, you would need a 2-meter tall rolling trolley. Lift up the item with a long chain, roll the trolley underneath, put item down on trolley, then use short chain and pick up again to lift the rest of the way.

  6. I’ll offer for the 6th time to buy your frontline clamps off you 😀

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