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Hoisting equipment is an invaluable resource when it comes to moving bulky or heavy loads from one place to another. Whether you are looking for a manual or powered hoist, these pieces of machinery come in various forms and can meet almost any need. From warehouses and factories to loading docks and production lines, hoists are essential tools for helping workers lift safely and efficiently.
Columbus McKinnon offers an extensive range of hoisting and lifting equipment, including electric & air hoists, manual chain hoists, winches, rack and pinion jacks, hydraulic jacks, trolleys & trolley clamps, and lifting trucks. Whether you need to lift or handle loads manually or with power, we have the right solution for you.
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Versatile and convenient, manual hoists are an effective solution for lifting and moving heavy objects. By using a ratchet or hand-chain-operated system, manual hoists can be easily operated by one person without the need for complex machinery or power sources. Manual hand chain hoists generally cost less than other solutions, making them ideal for applications involving temporary or infrequent use, low capacities, short lift height, and unavailable power sources.
Pneumatically driven motors allow air hoists to run non-stop without overheating like electric hoist systems might, making them ideal for high-speed environments with constant starts and stops. Due to their efficient design and power source, air hoists are useful in many heavy-duty commercial and industrial settings, such as manufacturing plants. With the ability to lift up to 100 tons, they provide powerful lifting capabilities while being offered with spark resistant features such as brass or stainless parts. This level of durability makes them ideal for use in even explosion-proof environments.
Electric hoists are a great option for many applications that lift and lower heavy loads. They provide efficiency and ease of use, with a wide range of types and configurations to meet different application needs. Electric hoists offer many advantages for heavy-duty lifting applications; however, electric hoist motors should be given time to cool between cycles to prevent overheating. This means they cannot be operated continuously. Despite this limitation, electric hoists still provide powerful lifting capabilities with quick speeds for high capacities and long lifts.
Wire rope hoists are popular in many production environments because they can lift faster, higher, and heavier loads than other types of lifting technology. They employ a wire rope cable that wraps around a grooved drum to perform the lift and can be powered electrically or pneumatically. Furthermore, these hoists can be rated for severe duty classifications — Class D, E, and F cranes.
Lifting tables are a versatile and safe way to move heavy loads in industrial, warehouse, and manufacturing environments. Employing a scissor-style mechanism to lift or lower, they provide an efficient and effective solution for moving large, heavy loads – ensuring both safety of personnel and the accuracy of product placement.
Columbus McKinnon's trolleys are versatile, durable, and easy to use in the most demanding lifting and moving applications. Hoists are positioned on a beam or other attachment point with the help of trolleys so they can be safely and easily moved, either manually or with a motor.
Winches are a powerful tool used to pull heavy objects horizontally over flat or slightly inclined surfaces. They provide an efficient means of relocating loads while saving time and energy. Winch drums are motorized with the use of electrical, pneumatic, or hydraulic power.
Columbus McKinnon manufacturers all components that comprise a workstation crane, from the chain and hoist to the end trucks and rail trolleys. Whether your application requires intersecting runways or is a linear workstation, our workstation crane specialists are here to help you create the perfect solution.
When lifting loads with a hoist, proper rigging is imperative to ensure the safety of operators and your facility. Columbus McKinnon's Rigging Pocket Guide is now available online to help you ensure safe rigging practices at all times. The guide includes charts, important calculations, and more. Download the PDF to your smartphone for instant availability, no matter where your job takes you.
Purchasing or specifying hoists to lift heavy objects in close proximity to equipment and/or personnel is a decision that deserves thoughtful consideration. In this article, we will identify some important items to factor into your decision-making process.