Has any of you roofers ever made or have plans in your head(s) about building a lift that attaches to your ladders and does the "humping" for you.... one that is powered by a 110 volt electric motor or 12 volt(s) DC powered ???????
These things have been on the market for years. We ran one in Chicago back in the '90's that had a Briggs and Stratton attatched. It was purchased through the local roofing supply/distributor (not Lowes or HomeDepote). We hoisted 2 bundles at a time over 40 ft. up. It got up so much momentum it would toss the bundles up at the catcher. We also use to hoist plywood with it.
I have a 36' (further extendable) laddervator with a briggs 3.5 horsepower engine and a 400# capacity.
It definetly tosses the bundles at the catcher I have the bruises on my arms to prove it. It takes a little getting used to as the catcher and control man at the ground so it doesn't throw the bundles.
Even though mine is capable of 400# we only lift one bundle at a time. Not many guys can catch two bundles at once.
my advice would be this. I was talking to the contractor who did my house ask him about those he said he has one and only gave 200 dollars for it. Said he bought it from a women whos husband passed away. He did say a new one would be in the 1200 dollar ballpark. So just keep you eyes open and maybe you will get lucky. :Thumbs:
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