We have a “Do Not Buy” rating on almost every ceiling pulley we’ve examined. After writing the Bike Storage article, we found two well-engineered ceiling pulleys. The Floatherhoist BA1 has been out of stuck for months, which leaves us with one outstanding pulley you can still buy to store your bike or ladder. The Store Your Board Hi-Lift is designed to store kayaks and ladders. Bicycles are lighter weight and so should be no problem for the Hi-Lift pulley.
When you store the ladder on a ceiling rack, you need a way to get the ladder down. You need a step ladder (at least) to get the ceiling ladder down from its storage rack. But a pulley brings the ladder to you via the magic of a simple rope and wheel system.
Always determine your ceiling’s maximum load before storing anything from the joists. The Store Your Board Hi-Lift Hoist stores up to 60 lb. So the largest ladder you would store using this pulley would look like this Louisville 32 ft. extension ladder, which weighs 59 lb.
The Hi-Loft is the best pulley, but it’s not perfect. The instructions could be better. You can safely store the maximum 60 lb., but it will be a bit tough to pull the rope at max load.
But if you’re looking for a ladder ceiling hoist, this is the safest and best designed. Check the latest price on Amazon.