I have a place up north. There is substantial elevation from the lake to the house. There is currently a homemade lift system comprised of a large electric winch, angle iron rails, and a homemade cart. In the 4 years we have had the place, it has given me a lot of problems. Recently, I've also heard some horror stories with homemade systems due to the lack of safety features. My tram currently isn't working, and I have no idea why. I'm not sure what to do to about it. Even if I can find someone that can get it running again, I'm now concerned about riding it again and I don't think I'd ever let me kids ride it knowing the lack of safety features.
I've just started doing some research, and I've found a couple of companies in Hillside Trams and Hill Hiker that appear to install legitimate systems that are safe and reliable. I'm curious if anyone here has had a system like this installed. I'm trying to understand ballpark figures to see if this is even going to be a possibility. I just don't have any idea. Is it $5K, $10K, or $50K. I know there are a ton of variables, but I'm just trying to get in a ballpark here. I'm also hopeful that some of the things about my site will help with cost. There is already electric, a concrete slab for winch installation and a cleared lane for the track.
Either way, I'll post what I find out as well as pictures in case anyone else is interested for their property.