Alternative Mounts And Lifts:

Handihelp has been reluctant to publish this page online because of concerns over how the different lifts should be anchored. It is extremely difficult to give general directions to do this when each situation requires a unique evaluation and recommendation by an individual with a skilled construction background. Please seek out a professional, in your area, to make an evaluation and recommendation for your unique situation. The examples shown here are only to show what is available and can be done when proper construction techniques are used. They are not being shown to be copied or reproduced by the consumer.


For an individual confined to a wheelchair who was only transferable with some type of lift, life can become limited very quickly. In order to facilitate my ability to be transferred in a variety of environments I designed a piece of adaptive equipment that fastens into work standard trailer hitch. It was built by a local welder and has served me well. You can see all the information on this adaptive bar at  Portable Lift. There seems to be a growing trend for individuals in wheelchairs to become more active. We have tried to come up with some viable solutions for inexpensive power lifts and anchoring systems.  Hoyer manufactures a model known as the Extended Range Lift which is the only Hoyer lift that can lower an individual all the way to the ground.


There are a few commercially available surface mounting systems that are "relatively" inexpensive. Hoyer makes a Surface Mounting Bracket which can be used as a base for portable lift on both wood and concrete. The cost of this bracket right now is approximately $355. I believe it would be relatively easy for a welder to make a replica of this bracket and at a much more reasonable price. The condition and fitness of the wood, the bracket would be mounted to, is critical and so should be done by somebody with the expertise to assess the strength of the wooden surface. I would certainly advise a plate should be used on the underside of the wood.

Hoyer mounting brackets

            Mounted on Wood                            Mounted on Concrete

If you look on the right column there is a pool lift that's mounted in a cylinder that was placed in the concrete while it was hardening. The cylinder, which is another option, is similar to the idea I used for my Portable Lift.

LX Mini Puller

In a continuing effort to find different ways to make a lift as portable as possible Handihelp purchased a 1/4 ton Harrington LX Mini Puller for $160 which is raised and lowered by a ratcheting lever. My nurse was able to operate it easily and it lifted and lowered me with little effort.  It will also be possible to attach the crosspiece from the manual Hoyer lift.

Mini puller lifting 260 pound man

Below is a ratcheting cargo strap which is used as an anchor point for the mini puller.  One end of the webbing is thrown over an object which will hold my weight such as a tree branch or beam assuming sometrhing is available.

The cargo strap draws tight as the buckle (red arrow) is levered back and forth. The two ends are fastened together using a carabiner (green arrow), the belt is tightened and then the hook from the mini puller is hooked up and I am lifted from my chair.

Ratcheting cargo strap and carabiner

Please understand, as in anything you do, there are certain inherent risks involved. Try these adaptions at your own risk. Before using any of these lifts they should first be tested with an able-bodied individual. The purpose of these procedures is to reduce any possible problems prior to your use of the adaption.

Homemade Winch Lift

Andy bought this winch and he and his son set it up. The electric winch is bolted to a piece of steel that is screwed to the wall studs in a few places. The support bracket in the ceiling is anchored in place by a chain which is wrapped around a piece of 4"x4" that has been laid across several ceiling joist above the sheet rock. A couple links of the chain are hanging below the garage ceiling and connected to a metal bar which hold a pulley on one end and the terminal end of the cable on the other. The cable runs up from the winch through the pulley in the ceiling bracket, then back down to another pulley and hook near the floor and finally back to the metal bracket where it ends. This double pulley system cuts the lifting weight in half.

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Crane part of Hoyer Lift

Commercial anchor


Crane in cylinder in cement

Truck adaption for lift

Mini Puller closeup

Mini Puller

Web belt

Winch motor

Ceiling anchor

Off Andy goes

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