Frequently Asked Questions

8/4/2012

What can I store with a Harken Hoister?
Harken Bike/Utility Hoisters are great for storing bikes, light deck chairs, and gardening tools. Harken Storage systems efficiently store small boats, rowing sculls, truck caps, convertible hardtops, van seats, canoes, train sets, ski equipment, car-top carriers, and many other items that fit in the Hoister's 60 - 200 lb weight range.

What's the difference between 1-point bike and 4-point storage Hoisters?
It's easy to tell the difference. The single-point Bike/Utility Hoister has a single attachment point in the ceiling. The 4-point Storage Hoister has four (4) attachment points in the ceiling. Both systems lift loads evenly no matter how the weight is distributed.

How much can Harken Hoister systems lift?
The Bike/Utility system is engineered to lift up to 45 lb (20.4 kg). 
The 4-Point Hoister Storage systems can lift up to:
#7801 - 60 lb (27 kg)
#7802 - 90 lb (41 kg)
#7803 - 145 lb (66 kg)
#7806 - 200 lb (91 kg)

How do I lift that much weight?
The mechanical advantage provided by a block and tackle system makes it easy for one person.

How high can the Hoister lift a load?
We have systems designed to hoist up to 10' (3.05 m), up to 12' (3.7 m), and up to 16' (5 m).

How do I tie the system off when I'm finished using it?
You don't have to! The beauty of the Harken Hoister is the patented stainless steel self-locking cleat automatically locks and holds the load when you release the rope. It makes your job an easy, one-person operation.

Is it hard to install a Harken Hoister?
For the Bike/Utility lift all you need to do is install the single screw eye (included) into your truss or garage rafter. 
The 4-Point Hoister Storage system comes complete with a well-illustrated instruction manual. If you have questions, you can contact Harken's technical service department: technicalservice@harken.com or call 262-691 3320.for help. Basic installation video.

Do I need to buy additional parts for installation?
Bike/Utility lift: No. The system comes with everything you need. 
The 4-Point Hoister storage systems come with all the mounting hardware. However, you should buy two 2" x 6" x 6' boards to help align the lift directly over the object you're lifting.

I have a roof rack that is heavier on one side than the other. Will the Harken Hoister lift the load evenly?
Yes. Because of the system's patented design, the Hoister will lift your load evenly, no matter how the weight is distributed.

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