Lift 19: A Cargo Lift That Helps Clear the Beach

Model: Light Cargo Only
Track: 40' at 40°
Year: 2008


These cottagers have a beach that was always cluttered with weeds and debris, made worse by a prevailing wind that piled up dead water weeds. Keeping it clean was a full-time chore on the weekends. The debris had to be hauled up  stairs then placed in a lawn trailer and moved to a compost heap. The couple's young children seldom used the beach.

The lift we devised has a tip-able wheelbarrow-type bucket. When the bucket is full, one remote-control button sends the car 90% of the way up the track where it stops. A second button sends the car up the last 10% and tips the contents into the waiting garden trailer. Another click of the remote sends it back to the bottom. The owners opted not to have button boxes for greater safety. The lift turns itself off after 15 minutes of inactivity. 

Powered by a low-cost 110-volt hoist, the lift plugs into a standard 110-volt protected outlet.

It took about six weeks from the initial site visit to watching the lift carry its first load. 

The best part: the children are enjoying the beach and their parents are not spending their weekends hauling dead weeds up the hill.