Frequently Asked Questions

HOISTS

  • What capacity do you need?
  • Determine the maximum load to be lifted. If the load falls between standard rated capacities, always go with the higher capacity.

  • When should you use a manual hand chain hoist?
  • A manual hand chain hoist is much less expensive than an electric hoist. Manual hoists should be considered when speed is not important and when lifts are very infrequent. When lifting heavier loads you should consider the fact that in order to lift a 5 ton load by hand, you must pull over 200 feet of chain at 80 pounds of force to lift 1 foot. Manual hand chain hoist can be used for vertical lifting and where accurate positioning of the load is required. For example, installing and removing tools and dyes from machinery.

  • When should you use a manual lever hoist?
  • Manual lever hoists can be used in different positions, such as horizontal pulling and where accurate positioning of the load is required. Lever hoist provide excellent spotting capability. Thus they can be used in small tight areas. Lever hoists are versatile. Electric chain hoists are not made for side pulls much less a true pulling application but ratchet lever hoists can be used at any angle.

  • What is the difference between an electric chain hoist and a wire rope hoist?
  • The main difference between Electric chain hoist and wire rope hoists is in the design of the lifting mechanism. When a wire rope hoist lifts, it wraps the rope around a grooved drum. A chain hoist lifts by pulling the chain through sprockets and depositing the chain into a chain container. Both types use similar motor, brakes, and controls.

    BENEFITS OF AN ELECTRIC CHAIN HOIST:

    BENEFITS OF A WIRE ROPE HOIST:

    • Tolerates greater levels of abuse
    • Requires less maintenance
    • Provides more allowance for "side pulling"
    • Versatile mounting styles
    • Offer very fast lifting speeds
    • Offer a wider array of options

  • How does the lifting method for the wire rope hoist function?
  • Reeving refers to the configuration of the wire rope, blocks and drum of the hoist. Reeving affects the headroom, lifting speed and capacity by increasing the hoist's mechanical advantage. Reeving also determines if the hoist has lateral hook movement or true vertical lift. The three terms used in reeving are: single, double, and part. Single or double refers to the number of ropes coming from the drum. Part deals with the mechanical advantage gained by multiple reeving. For example, with a two part single reeving (2PS) the load is distributed over the two parts, and the mechanical advantage doubles the capacity of one part reeving but reduces by one half the lifting or lowering speed of the hook.

    Some applications require that the load not move right or left of the hoist centerline while being lifted. This is called true vertical lift and requires that the hoist be double reeved. Double reeving also requires less headroom than single reeving.

  • Is there a difference in the heavy duty class between the electric chain and wire rope hoists?
  • Both chain and wire rope hoists are rated H-4 (heavy duty). Duty ratings are a better indicator of hoist durability than hoist type (chain or wire rope). Both types use similar motors, brakes and controls.

  • What options are available for hoists in adverse conditions?
  • Adverse environments, Corrosive, explosive, high temperature, etc., should be considered in the purchase of your hoist. We recommend you contact one of our sales representatives if you have any concerns. Options such as epoxy paint, stainless or zinc chain and hooks, rain covers should be considered in harsh environments.

OVERHEAD CRANES

  • Do I need crane rail for a top running crane?
  • A manual hand chain hoist is much less expensive than an electric hoist. Manual hoists should be considered when speed is not important and when lifts are very infrequent. When lifting heavier loads you should consider the fact that in order to lift a 5 ton load by hand, you must pull over 200 feet of chain at 80 pounds of force to lift 1 foot. Manual hand chain hoist can be used for vertical lifting and where accurate positioning of the load is required. For example, installing and removing tools and dyes from machinery.

  • What is the difference between a single and double girder crane?
  • A manual hand chain hoist is much less expensive than an electric hoist. Manual hoists should be considered when speed is not important and when lifts are very infrequent. When lifting heavier loads you should consider the fact that in order to lift a 5 ton load by hand, you must pull over 200 feet of chain at 80 pounds of force to lift 1 foot. Manual hand chain hoist can be used for vertical lifting and where accurate positioning of the load is required. For example, installing and removing tools and dyes from machinery.

  • What is a crane kit?
  • A manual hand chain hoist is much less expensive than an electric hoist. Manual hoists should be considered when speed is not important and when lifts are very infrequent. When lifting heavier loads you should consider the fact that in order to lift a 5 ton load by hand, you must pull over 200 feet of chain at 80 pounds of force to lift 1 foot. Manual hand chain hoist can be used for vertical lifting and where accurate positioning of the load is required. For example, installing and removing tools and dyes from machinery.

  • What crane type is right for me?
  • A manual hand chain hoist is much less expensive than an electric hoist. Manual hoists should be considered when speed is not important and when lifts are very infrequent. When lifting heavier loads you should consider the fact that in order to lift a 5 ton load by hand, you must pull over 200 feet of chain at 80 pounds of force to lift 1 foot. Manual hand chain hoist can be used for vertical lifting and where accurate positioning of the load is required. For example, installing and removing tools and dyes from machinery.

  • What is a variable drive?
  • A manual hand chain hoist is much less expensive than an electric hoist. Manual hoists should be considered when speed is not important and when lifts are very infrequent. When lifting heavier loads you should consider the fact that in order to lift a 5 ton load by hand, you must pull over 200 feet of chain at 80 pounds of force to lift 1 foot. Manual hand chain hoist can be used for vertical lifting and where accurate positioning of the load is required. For example, installing and removing tools and dyes from machinery.

  • What options can I add to my crane kit?
  • A manual hand chain hoist is much less expensive than an electric hoist. Manual hoists should be considered when speed is not important and when lifts are very infrequent. When lifting heavier loads you should consider the fact that in order to lift a 5 ton load by hand, you must pull over 200 feet of chain at 80 pounds of force to lift 1 foot. Manual hand chain hoist can be used for vertical lifting and where accurate positioning of the load is required. For example, installing and removing tools and dyes from machinery.

OTHER CRANES (JIB, GANTRY)

  • What is a jib crane?
  • A manual hand chain hoist is much less expensive than an electric hoist. Manual hoists should be considered when speed is not important and when lifts are very infrequent. When lifting heavier loads you should consider the fact that in order to lift a 5 ton load by hand, you must pull over 200 feet of chain at 80 pounds of force to lift 1 foot. Manual hand chain hoist can be used for vertical lifting and where accurate positioning of the load is required. For example, installing and removing tools and dyes from machinery.

  • What applications are best suited for jib cranes?
  • A manual hand chain hoist is much less expensive than an electric hoist. Manual hoists should be considered when speed is not important and when lifts are very infrequent. When lifting heavier loads you should consider the fact that in order to lift a 5 ton load by hand, you must pull over 200 feet of chain at 80 pounds of force to lift 1 foot. Manual hand chain hoist can be used for vertical lifting and where accurate positioning of the load is required. For example, installing and removing tools and dyes from machinery.

  • What is the difference between a bridge and gantry crane?
  • A manual hand chain hoist is much less expensive than an electric hoist. Manual hoists should be considered when speed is not important and when lifts are very infrequent. When lifting heavier loads you should consider the fact that in order to lift a 5 ton load by hand, you must pull over 200 feet of chain at 80 pounds of force to lift 1 foot. Manual hand chain hoist can be used for vertical lifting and where accurate positioning of the load is required. For example, installing and removing tools and dyes from machinery.

  • What are the benefits of a gantry crane?
  • A manual hand chain hoist is much less expensive than an electric hoist. Manual hoists should be considered when speed is not important and when lifts are very infrequent. When lifting heavier loads you should consider the fact that in order to lift a 5 ton load by hand, you must pull over 200 feet of chain at 80 pounds of force to lift 1 foot. Manual hand chain hoist can be used for vertical lifting and where accurate positioning of the load is required. For example, installing and removing tools and dyes from machinery.

PENDANTS

  • How can you determine which pendant is right for you?
  • A manual hand chain hoist is much less expensive than an electric hoist. Manual hoists should be considered when speed is not important and when lifts are very infrequent. When lifting heavier loads you should consider the fact that in order to lift a 5 ton load by hand, you must pull over 200 feet of chain at 80 pounds of force to lift 1 foot. Manual hand chain hoist can be used for vertical lifting and where accurate positioning of the load is required. For example, installing and removing tools and dyes from machinery.

  • What should I use to control my crane system?
  • A manual hand chain hoist is much less expensive than an electric hoist. Manual hoists should be considered when speed is not important and when lifts are very infrequent. When lifting heavier loads you should consider the fact that in order to lift a 5 ton load by hand, you must pull over 200 feet of chain at 80 pounds of force to lift 1 foot. Manual hand chain hoist can be used for vertical lifting and where accurate positioning of the load is required. For example, installing and removing tools and dyes from machinery.

  • What is the difference between a maintained and momentary pendant?
  • A manual hand chain hoist is much less expensive than an electric hoist. Manual hoists should be considered when speed is not important and when lifts are very infrequent. When lifting heavier loads you should consider the fact that in order to lift a 5 ton load by hand, you must pull over 200 feet of chain at 80 pounds of force to lift 1 foot. Manual hand chain hoist can be used for vertical lifting and where accurate positioning of the load is required. For example, installing and removing tools and dyes from machinery.

LIFTING MAGNETS

  • What is the difference between a permanent magnetic lifter and an electromagnetic lifter?
  • A manual hand chain hoist is much less expensive than an electric hoist. Manual hoists should be considered when speed is not important and when lifts are very infrequent. When lifting heavier loads you should consider the fact that in order to lift a 5 ton load by hand, you must pull over 200 feet of chain at 80 pounds of force to lift 1 foot. Manual hand chain hoist can be used for vertical lifting and where accurate positioning of the load is required. For example, installing and removing tools and dyes from machinery.

  • When should I use a lifting magnet?
  • A manual hand chain hoist is much less expensive than an electric hoist. Manual hoists should be considered when speed is not important and when lifts are very infrequent. When lifting heavier loads you should consider the fact that in order to lift a 5 ton load by hand, you must pull over 200 feet of chain at 80 pounds of force to lift 1 foot. Manual hand chain hoist can be used for vertical lifting and where accurate positioning of the load is required. For example, installing and removing tools and dyes from machinery.

  • How does the lifting magnet operate?
  • A manual hand chain hoist is much less expensive than an electric hoist. Manual hoists should be considered when speed is not important and when lifts are very infrequent. When lifting heavier loads you should consider the fact that in order to lift a 5 ton load by hand, you must pull over 200 feet of chain at 80 pounds of force to lift 1 foot. Manual hand chain hoist can be used for vertical lifting and where accurate positioning of the load is required. For example, installing and removing tools and dyes from machinery.

LIFTING ACCESSORIES

  • How can you determine which beam clamp will suit your lifting needs?
  • A manual hand chain hoist is much less expensive than an electric hoist. Manual hoists should be considered when speed is not important and when lifts are very infrequent. When lifting heavier loads you should consider the fact that in order to lift a 5 ton load by hand, you must pull over 200 feet of chain at 80 pounds of force to lift 1 foot. Manual hand chain hoist can be used for vertical lifting and where accurate positioning of the load is required. For example, installing and removing tools and dyes from machinery.

  • What are shackles? When should a screw pin anchor shackle be used?
  • A manual hand chain hoist is much less expensive than an electric hoist. Manual hoists should be considered when speed is not important and when lifts are very infrequent. When lifting heavier loads you should consider the fact that in order to lift a 5 ton load by hand, you must pull over 200 feet of chain at 80 pounds of force to lift 1 foot. Manual hand chain hoist can be used for vertical lifting and where accurate positioning of the load is required. For example, installing and removing tools and dyes from machinery.

  • What is the difference between polyester and nylon slings?
  • A manual hand chain hoist is much less expensive than an electric hoist. Manual hoists should be considered when speed is not important and when lifts are very infrequent. When lifting heavier loads you should consider the fact that in order to lift a 5 ton load by hand, you must pull over 200 feet of chain at 80 pounds of force to lift 1 foot. Manual hand chain hoist can be used for vertical lifting and where accurate positioning of the load is required. For example, installing and removing tools and dyes from machinery.


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