Custom build options are welcome.

  • Units can be modified for auger or core boring geotechnical work
  • High Pressure piston pump may be added for core boring
  • Cat Head hydraulic drive hoist may be added for soil testing
  • Hydraulic rear jacks may be optioned

Options available for Pro models
Cost as added to SD base model if applicable:

Rail Hoist G9

A cost effective, compact and versatile material hoist for construction, farm and home use. Able to hoist 350 pound payload with base unit, up to 24′ with proper options.

​One-person setup of most heights, plus easy transport and storage.

Hoist to upper floors, roofs, windows decks and more: framing, insulation, roofing, blocks, bricks, drywall, trusses, feed sacks, hay, boxed storage and endless other materials.

The Rail Hoist carriage travels up and down on site built rail stringers allowing for infinite heights and functions. One-man set-up of 20′ system and easy transport makes this a tool that will get used time and again saving time, money and providing safe hoisting.

No bulky metal ladder sections to transport, store and lose parts to. No Tools or small parts needed to assemble the Rail Hoist to your site-built rail stringers, just slide the stringers into the locking receivers, tip into place and you’re ready to hoist.

You can even use the rail stringer materials on your job when you are done using the rail hoist.

Powerful commercial hoist allows for 20′ standard hoisting and 24′ with the long cable option. The Rail Hoist has five major safety features allowing for the best in operational comfort and security. With the fold down platform and sheathing hook the Rail hoist provides safe and efficient material handling for all around flexibility. The rail hoist is compact, fast to set up and easy to use.​

Specification, directions, and safety information

The Rail Hoist is designed to use wood ladder stringers as guide supports. This hoist is for material only and recommended for up to 350-pound payloads. The standard hoist comes with enough cable for a 20′ stinger set up, a Long Cable Kit can be ordered that allows up to 24′ stringers. You may use heavier stringers than 2x6 but they must be structural grade 2 or better. The 2x4 face rails should also be structural and free from large knots and edge wane.​

(You may use 2X4 structural grade #2 stringers up to 20′ and grade #1 up to 24′)

If you need more specific information, please contact us.

Specifications may change without notice.

  1. Make the stringers of desired length (no more than 3′ above the point of support contact on the structure) from structural grade #2 or better 2×4 stringers up to 20′ (or 2×6 with 2×4 face rails up to 24′) by cutting to exact length and joining these pieces together on 16 inch centers with 16d nails or #8 screws (or larger). They are to form an “L” shape with the 2×4 fastened and flush to the edge of the 2×6.
  2. Layout bottom power frame where it will be used and insert the stringers then using the thumbscrews tighten them until secure
  3. Place top frame on the other end of stringers making sure they are fully inserted and tighten the thumbscrews until secure.
  4. Run out cable until you can latch pulley to center anchor bolt found on top frame, making sure the cable is not crossing as it runs up and down the frame.
  5. Bring the cable hook down to the power frame and latch it there for a temporary standing time.
  6. Pull the small safety stop hook from the line reel up to the top frame black catch lever and hook it into the hole provided.
  7. At the power frame end take this line and wrap it once around the safety stop lever thumb screw, under the washer provided and tighten so this line will activate the safety stop switch built into the electric hoist.
  8. Tip the unit up against a sound structural surface and resting on solid level ground, placing it at a minimum angle of 4 in 1 as you would a ladder. The angle of the carrier platform may assist in this, as it should have a slight slope inward if set up properly.
  9. Secure the top of the unit with either a lag bolt through the provided chain to the roof making sure this chain is tight and not a trip hazard or by toe nailing or screwing to the building at the point of rest.
  10. Set in place the carriage against the stingers and lock the rear rollers in place. The safety stop arms will have to be held up or they will not allow the carriage to move back tight against the stringers.
  11. Take the hoist hook and place it in the large center O-ring of the carrier. If the cable should ever break, this allows the hook drop actuating the stop arms. Never compromise this safety feature.
  12. Splices of rail stringers may be done by using 4′ sections of rated splice material and proper fastening. 
  • Check operation and safety stop before hoisting any materials.
  • Wear a hard hat and gloves for your personal safety.
  • Avoid hoisting panel products in high winds
  • Lock the bottom of the unit down with stakes or lag bolts if on hard or slippery surfaces.
  • Never hoist materials high on stringers that are over 3′ above the resting pivot point of the stingers as this may cause a kick out force at the base of the unit.
  • If any part is damaged, it must be repaired or replaced before use.
  • Long stringers may require two people to raise safely.
  • You should bungee down light materials to limit fall off issues.
  • Never allow the operator or others to stand under the unit when used or in its fall zone, the 5′ control cable allows the operator to stand clear while hoisting.
  • Any sign of damage to the stringers or rails is cause for replacement.
  • Stingers over 16′ should have a structural spreader 2×4 placed at mid span and nailed or screwed in place securely.
  • Lag bolt top of unit to structure using the safety chain or toe nail the stingers to a sound part of the structure so the top can not shift during use.
  • Do not overload the hoist as this may cause serious injury to those nearby or damage to the unit.
  • Improper use of this equipment may cause serious injury or death, and will void all warranty and liability.
    • Three part frame for locking to site built rail stringers up to 24 ft in length (longer if engineered). Standard unit has 20 ft cable option. Optional long cable available.
    • Payload of base unit is not to exceed 350 pounds.
    • Carriage has front side and back rollers to keep unit on rails.
    • The platform may be folded down and sheathing hooks used to hoist sheathing. Top safety hooks extend out to hold sheathing from tipping or blowing off of hooks.
    • Safety features include-back rollers, lift stop, sheathing hooks, pin down base, strapping top chain and cable break dogs. These all allow for safe and comfortable full day use.
    • The unit stacks on itself like a handcart for easy site transport and storage.
    • There are no small parts to lose or break. The unit has spring-loaded locking settings and thumbscrew locks.

Rail Hoist G9 pricing:

Rail Hoist G9

​Plus Shipping
24′ Lift option cable – $35