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Air Hoist vs Electric Hoist

3 August, 2022

Air Hoist vs Electric Hoist 

A hoist is a device that is used to lift, re-position and lower loads that cannot be done without risk by a person alone. Hoists play a big part in many day-to-day activities that we easily overlook, such as the medical industry, automotive, social, and construction industries. Different hoist designs are employed depending on its need and surroundings.

Here we look at the differences along with the pros and cons of 2 of the most popular hoists on the market today!

Electric Hoist vs Air Hoist 

Both an air hoist (pneumatic) and an electric hoist are in the classification as material handling equipment. These are both put to use for lifting and lowering loads in all industries across the world. They both visually look very similar but do have differences.

Air / Pneumatic Hoist

An Air Hoist, also known as a pneumatic hoist is controlled by compressed air pressure and is manoeuvred using a pull cord or pendant control. Although an air hoist increases manual work for the person utilising it, there are still many benefits to its use. Due to the pull cord operation, it means the hoist can be moved at a safe distance and at a slower pace than an electric hoist. Having manual control gives variable speed and handling which can be used for more delicate projects and accurate positioning of loads. The unit weight is also a lot lower compared to an electric hoist due to having fewer components, this makes them more mobile and easier to handle for the user. Air hoists also have no cool-down time, complete with a self-cooling gearbox means they can be operated continuously with no risks to the user or breakages to the hoist.

Electric Hoist

An electric hoist is effortless, it is powered and controlled by a push-button control panel. These are complete with an induction motor and brake to ensure loads are manoeuvred correctly and safely. A higher load capacity is available with all-electric hoists due to their heavy-duty chain function. Electric hoists also work at a faster pace than an air hoist which in turn will increase the level of productivity and reduce costs. The flexibility in design and lifting techniques is a significant benefit to both electric and air hoists, heavy loads can be moved and repositioned in any direction or place needed. Using hoist equipment reduces strain on the user resulting in less injury and long-term health issues usually caused by the movement of heavy loads manually.

Choosing which hoist is best for you depends on the service and area you wish to use the hoist for and the power supply – electric or compressed air. Many hoists can be used for multiple lifting tasks however if you want the best for you as a user and are unsure which to choose, feel free to contact Lifting Gear Direct where we will be happy to assist with any lifting equipment questions.