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    Duct lifts

    What type of lifts do you guys use for equipment?

    No more Genie lifts. Ridiculously heavy and too bulky.

    We will be using it for raising, up to 5 ton, condensers or air handlers on high platforms or ceilings.

    Has anyone heard of Vermette Machine Company? They have "one man" movable lifts. It weighs around 220 lbs. Can lift up to 500 lbs. 12' high, and come with 10" wheels. They have a couple different models that range in different heights and able to raise up to 1000 lbs. All are extremely lighter than Genie or Sumner.

    Thanks.
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    I have the 758T that I purchased from United Refrigeration. Best money I ever spent.

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    We have used the Vermette since I became a SMW a long time ago. the weigh about 1/50th of those damn genies. IMHO they also outperform the genies.



    We also use this for working the band iron into hangers and belly bands. (bohn-combi)



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    Quote Originally Posted by arpa View Post
    I have the 758T that I purchased from United Refrigeration. Best money I ever spent.
    It's heavy.

    How many people do you need to move that around?
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    1 man easily can move it around. Up and down stairs 2 guys. the masts are removable also

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    Quote Originally Posted by zzonko View Post
    We have used the Vermette since I became a SMW a long time ago. the weigh about 1/50th of those damn genies. IMHO they also outperform the genies.
    I've been looking at three different models. All are lighter than anything else I've seen.
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    we have 2 of the lifts that look like the vermette lift. one of them we have had over 25 yrs. only thing we have done to it is replace the cable once and welded plates on the mast sections to make them easier to knock apart.

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    I'm gonna get this one. The 6515.



    Specs are just about exactly what I'm looking for when it comes to weight (219lbs.), capacity (650lbs.), and height (15').

    And for under $1500, can't beat it.
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    Thats a good one. You will come to love it

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    I used to use them all the time... I love duct lifts... so many uses!

    Not that I recommend doing this.... but if you make an attachment to hook a hole hog up to the crank pin, it makes them even easier to use! Course, it can tear stuff up too... so be careful.

    I wish we'd get a small one where I work. Another guy and myself almost took a dive off 10' ladders trying to hang a furnace.
    "If you call that hard work, a koala’s life would look heroic."

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    I use a Genie material lift, for duct work and air handlers.
    GO GREEN HEAT

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    I have one of those, paid $50.00 for it at a garage sale, the lady was glad to see it go!

    I was jumping for joy!

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    We use the SLA 20 Genies. It's expensive, it's heavy and it ain't for sissy's



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