I should probably have clarified this a little more. If you're under the impression I'm using this to hoist engine blocks, please let me assure you I'm not. Christmas trees and drop fertilizer spreaders are the mission here - things in the 10 pound range that are too cumbersome to easily get up and down the ladder with.
If Northern Tool had a 15 pound winch on the shelf I would have bought that instead.
We get an inch or so of ice a couple times each year in these parts that covers the entire roof - that's got to be more stressful on my house than lifting a small bucket with some rattle cans of paint in it. If not I probably shouldn't be in the house to begin with
I appreciate your concern.