In Reply to: Re: Will this work for lifting the lift cover? posted by Kimberly on March 03, 2019 at 10:45:30:
It is heavy enough that unless it was absolutely necessary I would not attempt to lift it off the tractor without assistance - either another person or a mechanical assist. I am not a weakling but I don't feel the need to prove my manhood by hurting myself. Plus it is a "delicate" maneuver in and out of the connecting linkage and easy to damage something if you can't control it perfectly.
A roll around shop crane (aka cherry picker, engine hoist) is the most commonly used mechanism for these types of jobs and work great - it's exactly the type of job it is designed to do. IMO, an overhead hoist like yours has the advantage of keeping the floor clear and I have a chain fall in the shop for heavy lifting. Your little winch should be more than up to this job and the remote is real handy. I also have a similar setup on overhead tracks in a shed that I use for lifting heavy items into the loft.
You are looking at something in the neighborhood of 100 plus pounds and that is a bit more than I would want to apply as a point load to the middle of a floor joist span. Probably fine but personally just to be safe (engineering overhead lifting safety factor is 4:1 or greater) I would still use a couple 2x4 props (columns) under the 2x whatever you have fastened to the joist. Cut/shim them to length so they fit snugly up under the bottom edge of the bolted on piece and the floor. Fasten the tops to the joist with a couple screws so they stay put. Quick, easy, and cheap insurance. Now get that top cover off the tractor and on to fixing teh problems.