A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Make the Mess Disappear
We've all got it. Stuff. Too much of it. And if you live in places like Arizona or Florida or Washington or Texas or South Carolina, you probably don't have a basement, and that means your stuff is all in the garage. Heck, here in Minnesota we have basements... and our stuff is sill in the garage.
Then, you get that really nice bike. And your spouse gets a nice bike (because everybody deserves a nice bike) and of course your kids have bikes. And before you know it, your stuff owns you.
Your really nice stuff deserves a place of honor in your garage. A place where it is safe, yet accessible. A place where cars don't crush it, garbage cans don't scratch it and kids don't handle it. A special place.
How to Get A Special Place?
You could spend thousands of dollars for a garage organizer specialist to sell you all kinds of stuff. Or, you can set up that special place with the new Tilt 'n Store from Lift and Store. We've been in the storage business for more than 27 years and are now offering our first consumer-oriented product.
You'll normally find us in mass retailers like Target or REI or Toys R Us, specialty retailers like your local high end bike shop, or in industrial situations where space is at a premium. We build our machines to last for 20 years or more, and our focus has always been a high quality, US built product.
You Bought a Good Bike--Take Care of it
Lots of thought went into purchasing that bike. You should give storage the same thought. The Tilt 'n Store quickly takes your bike (and other stuff up to 250 pounds) off the floor and puts it up and out of the way. Designed to be raised and lowered by hand in just about a minute, you can also use a simple electric drill to raise and lower the machine in a few seconds. (Oh, and let us know if you have a fat tire bike when you buy--we'll ship you a special big hook for that.)
The lifting mechanism is driven by a worm gear winch. An adolescent child can turn the crank with no trouble, and the safety mechanism means you can leave the machine in any position and it will not move. There is no possibility of the winch spinning on its own. The gears are enclosed to ensure safety while the device is moving. You have 100% positive control over the mechanism.
Can it Do More?
We can all always do with more. The Tilt 'n Store comes with a 5.5 foot long bar and five bike hooks. But you can use the bar for anything. Toy lawn mower? Check. Winter coat storage? Check. Weed wacker? Check.
Anything you can hang on a bar or a hook and store in your garage can go on the Tilt 'n Store. We are even considering a specialized holder for Winter/Summer car tire storage... so email us if that's an interest as part of this project.
Who Needs It?
We think the simple answer is everyone. If you've got stuff in your garage that should be safely off the floor, we can help.
But wait, you say. Can't I just put a few hooks in the ceiling and hang my bikes? Of course you can! But you kind of need three hands. Basic ladder safety says you should have three points of contact with a ladder at all times. That means you need two feet, one hand and then the other two hands to lift up and store the bike. Unfortunately most of us just have the two hands...
According to the CDC, 43% of fall fatalities happened on a ladder.* More than 90,000 people go to the emergency room every year after falling off a ladder.** What do you think that costs? The answer: Much more than a Tilt N Store!
Dimensions: Unit on Wall: 46" wide by 24" high Arm Length: 43" Weight: 46 Pounds installed Ceiling Height: Minimum 10 feet to allow storage underneath lift. Maximum 16 feet. Lifting Winch: Safe worm gear design requiring 15 pounds of force at full load to raise or lower Weight Capacity: 200 pounds with machine attached to three standard studs, 250 pounds with recommended ledger board spanning four or more studs
We suggest you grab a friend and a beer to simplify set up. Plan for two hours, but you really should be able to get this done in one.
We'll send a detailed manual, but simply the process is to 1) locate the studs in the wall at your desired location. 2) Mount 2x6 ledger board (not included) into four or more studs 3) Level machine body and screw into wall with provided screws 4) attach the arms and the winch cable. 5) Haul up your stuff!
For extra strength we recommend adding a ledger board that attaches to more than three studs, but if you're only picking up a few bikes this is a nice to have, not a necessity. Buy a 12 footer and cut it into two 5 foot pieces and one 2 foot. The manual tells you how to do the rest!
The Tilt N Store ships to your door in a fairly large box, but don't worry, overall weight is under 50 pounds. So we recommend you lift the box with a friend.
Every project has its challenges! I've been part of Kickstarter projects that promised delivery in March... and must have forgotten to name the year because more than one March came and went.
Lift and Store is in a unique position with our project. Initial development ideas and funding came from a large Midwestern retailer who wanted a cost effective storage solution for clothing in their back office. The prototype you see here was developed for them. This prototype is now about to go into production. And it is that production order that allows us to be on Kickstarter at a reasonable price to you.
Our machines are designed and built in the US. So there won't be any sob stories about how our stuff got stuck over the Chinese New Year. We'll build it here and send it directly to you.
This project will be developed and delivered on time and it will last you a lifetime of normal use. Back us with confidence!