Lift 86: 346' 3-pitch lift, 220’ @ 26°, 63' @ 32°, and 60' @ 36°

Lift 86: 346' 3-pitch lift, 220’ @ 26°, 63' @ 32°, and 60' @ 36°

Model: 4-Person (750-pound capacity)
Track: 346' long, rises over 168’ and runs over 300’
Year: 2018-2019

We started this lift about 3 years ago, working with the owner, Rodco Construction, and the local municipality to get a minor variance.

Without the lift, getting to the water involved a scary 15 minute drive in a 4 x 4 vehicle on a steep, rough track. With the lift it’s an idyllic 4 minute ride over the terrain with a great view of the lake..

This is our longest lift to date and our first 3-pitch lift. But it’s really just 2 2-pitch lifts in a row, 3 single pitch sections are connected by 2 curved sections and the 3-pitch car is no different than the 2-pitch car. The only truly new procedure was connecting two sections of straight pipe track with a section of curved pipe.

To set the track line the owner and I went for a boat ride and I took a compass reading of the line connecting the cottage to the dock they wanted to reach. Then I followed that compass line from the cottage down the hill to  come out at the dock. We were really fortunate, that line was a great track line, only a few small trees needed falling. We opted for building the track with 3-pitches to keep the track nearer the ground.

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The top section of track was set so the lift entrance will be just off the corner of the existing deck, a perfect, out-of-the-way yet right-there location. Rodco Construction will integrate the new access platform, railings, and self-closing self-latching gate into the existing structures. The gate will be interlocked with the lift for safety.

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Two views of the track running down the hill. The machine on the track is the installation hoist which we’ll use to carry 20’ sections of track down the hill to the end of the track.

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James and Cody are building the top curve between the top and middle pitches.

Looking up the track at the finished top curve and 200’ on to the cottage. The installation hoist is carrying a 20’ section of track to the third pitch. This change in angle is small in degrees but pretty obvious at 20’.

Looking up the track at the finished top curve and 200’ on to the cottage. The installation hoist is carrying a 20’ section of track to the third pitch. This change in angle is small in degrees but pretty obvious at 20’.

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Wyatt, Cody, and James working on the second curve.

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The last section is all but in. We used the installation hoist to carry these sections of track form near the top to their installed location. Next we install the car and the pipe track, paint the track, and install the control system.

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The lower end control system is all but wired in. The wood on the car is all but done too.

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Ron Hunt’s crew is making the new access platform happen. We designed this platform with Ron and the owner to maximize the utility of the lift while keeping it out of the way..