LIFT 62: A Four-Person Lift Accessing Lake Muskoka

Model: 4-Person (750-pound capacity) with a canopy and an enclosed cabin.
Track: 180' at 23°
Year: 2015

The owners test riding their new lift. Their difficult 7 story climb has become a scenic 3 minute ride.

The owners test riding their new lift. Their difficult 7 story climb has become a scenic 3 minute ride.

A great view up the nearly completed track and into the motor house. The installation hoist seen on the track carries 20' sections of track down the hill where they are fixed into place.

A great view up the nearly completed track and into the motor house. The installation hoist seen on the track carries 20' sections of track down the hill where they are fixed into place.

When the track was done we turned the installation hoist into a flatbed truck and carried ourselves, in this case Matt and Wyatt, and the old track up the hill.

When the track was done we turned the installation hoist into a flatbed truck and carried ourselves, in this case Matt and Wyatt, and the old track up the hill.

The completed upper station showing the canopy and removeable side panels on the car and the motor house.

The completed upper station showing the canopy and removeable side panels on the car and the motor house.

Heading to the water.

Heading to the water.

This aerial view of the lift shows clearly how difficult it is to see.

This aerial view of the lift shows clearly how difficult it is to see.

The future purchasers of this gorgeous cottage property were absolutely clear that, unless we could replace the existing old and dangerous lift with one of ours, they would not purchase it. We saw no problems and they went ahead with the real estate deal and the new lift.

We removed the old lift but left the pieces off to the side. We modified the existing motor house to serve as our engine room though we mounted our winch directly to the track, our standard practice. After we completed the track using the installation hoist we converted it to serve as a mobile platform and used that to remove all the old track. Then we removed the hoist dolly and installed the standard dolly and car.

This was the first lift to use 3/8" compacted aircraft cable rather than the industry standard 5/16" cable. We opted for the thicker cable to make the ride smoother and to add to an already generous safety margin.