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3 July, 2024
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There are various approaches that can be used to measure weight and force in different industrial applications, but load cell is the prime choice - as they are very versatile tools. They are mechanical devices that convert force into electrical si...
11 April, 2024
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Large-scale industrial lifting and displacement of bulk loads can be done using two major pieces of equipment, including overhead cranes and overhead hoists. Despite the similarity in their purposes, there are significant differences between these...
18 January, 2024
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Lifting Materials the Smarter Way : An Introduction to Scaffold HoistsConstruction projects often require building intricate scaffolding structures to safely work at height. However, transporting heavy loads of construction materials up to worker...
13 December, 2023
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As it is nearly Christmas, the season of good will and giving,  Lifting Gear Direct have decided to give a little back by sponsoring a group of disabled and/or disadvantaged children and their carers so that they can experience the joy of the ci...
19 September, 2023
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Working at height brings inherent risks, so it's crucial that proper safety precautions are taken. One of the most important safety measures when working at height is using a safety line. But what exactly is a safety line and why is it so vital?What ...
19 April, 2023
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When you need lifting product equipment whether it is a one off item, multiples or a collection of different items you will be able to buy them all online from one place at Lifting Gear Direct Our UK lifting product equipment store enables easy on...
5 April, 2023
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A chain block is a commonly used lifting device across many industries. Over the years it has gained a number of titles and may be referred to as a manual chain hoist or block and tackle, they are the same thing although sometimes the term block ...
16 March, 2023
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Working in the construction industry involves handling many different types of materials which are often too heavy for a person to lift without risk of injuries. Even if the materials are not so heavy they can be awkward to carry or it could be h...
4 January, 2023
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Electric Hoists Available Now in the UK There are numerous electric hoists available across the UK, however in the current climate many hoists have a long waiting time which can sometimes be up to 6-12 weeks. This long waiting time can be problem...
3 January, 2023
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Solar Panel Lifting Bags for easier Installation With the cost of living rising and many consumers seeking greener electricity, consumers are exploring alternatives to decrease expenditure and reduce their carbon footprint. Installing solar p...
1 November, 2022
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Industrial Lifting Hoists The Industrial lifting hoist description is commonly used in the market today, however, this is a brief description and does not necessarily give an insight into what equipment you are using or looking for. Yes, all ...
20 September, 2022
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Engine Hoist - A must-have for vehicle rebuilds Vehicles are an expensive overhead, especially when things go wrong. Restoring parts or full engine replacement can be a more affordable solution. However, this is not something that must b...
16 August, 2022
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Here at Lifting Gear Direct we have been very busy adding new products to our ever expanding range of lifting equipment and material handling solutions. Here is a breakdown of some of the latest lifting gear to enable the lifting and moving of di...
3 August, 2022
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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 aut...
19 July, 2022
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Lifting Equipment training courses provided by LEEA Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) is the leading trade association for the lifting safety industry, promoting enhanced standards and sustainable development worldwide.As part of ...
22 June, 2022
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What Is Height Safety?Many jobs require climbing above ground level these days, but do you know the risks and how to avoid them? These considerations fall under the term height safety or working at height. Height safety is associated with protect...
10 May, 2022
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Hoist Repair Services Lifting equipment ranges from a large selection of products, from smaller items such as mini hoists up to larger items such as lifting gantry systems. Regardless of the size, when it comes to lifting equipment, it is ess...
27 April, 2022
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Industrial Lifting Equipment Forecast  The Industrial Lifting Equipment forecast describes the current market and competition, listing all the significant regions across the globe, including Europe, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, North Am...
6 April, 2022
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Safety in the WorkplaceThe most common fatal accidents in the workplace are falls from a height, which is why the working at height equipment at Lifting Gear Direct is premium quality and part of an extensive range of products.  Whether you...
8 March, 2022
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Electric Hoists are a type of lifting equipment that is used for lifting, lowering, and moving heavy and large objects. The main types of electric hoists are Electric Chain Hoists and the Electric wire Rope Hoist. There are always newer desig...
10 February, 2022
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When lifting any load to a height, it is imperative that they are fully secure, dropped objects can cause injuries. A lifting bag helps to prevent dropped objects as well as the hazards that occur when trying to lift the load to a height. Lifting...
28 January, 2022
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How to choose the right A-frame gantryBefore purchasing you’re a-frame gantry we advise you get your measurements! The dimensions of your a-frame gantry ultimately decide whether it serves its purpose for you or not. Dimensions you will need to know ...
6 January, 2022
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Buy Liftket Electric Hoists from Lifting Gear DirectLifting Gear Direct now supply the latest collection of reliable electric hoists from German manufacturer Liftket, who were the first manufacturer to the world markets with the horizontal design o...
7 December, 2021
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A mobile lifting gantry is often referred to as a lifting gantry, mobile gantry, or an A-frame gantry. Mobile lifting gantries are a very adaptable piece of lifting equipment due to ability to move the gantry to any location where a heavy load nee...
22 April, 2021
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NASA uses a huge amount of lifting equipment, both here on earth and up in space. The Lifting Device and Equipment (LDEs) that they use include some of the following:Overhead and gantry cranes (including top-running monorail, underhung and jib c...
20 April, 2021
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If you need a bottle jack, there are a few different varieties for you to choose from. To help you decide which is right for you, we have outlined a few questions to ask yourself. From the kinds of objects you are going to be lifting, to the maximum ...
20 April, 2021
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Lifting equipment is an integral part of many different industries; if you want to lift a range of objects safely and securely, then you will need to find the right equipment for you. From smooth camera transitions using jibs to reliable body harness...
22 February, 2021
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Cold weather can vastly affect lifting equipment and it does so in a different way to hot temperatures. Metals, like many other materials, act differently in adverse temperatures. This can affect their strength, how they buckle and act with impact an...
22 February, 2021
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 An electric winch is a very useful piece of equipment, but there are some essential things to keep in mind to ensure you’re using them safely. Because these electrical hoists lift such heavy loads, it is so important that they are used correctl...
22 February, 2021
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Creating a theme park is no easy job and it couldn’t be done without a variety of reliable lifting equipment. It can take years to get a theme park up and running and there is so much to consider when making one. From layout, design, local market res...
22 February, 2021
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All sorts of industries require lifting equipment and lifting devices as they need them for so many different reasons. There are many professions that need to be able to move large objects, construct buildings or even shift wild, exotic animals.There...
22 February, 2021
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Many of us are familiar with pallet trucks and have seen them knocking around warehouses. Usually, they move pallets holding goods that can weigh tons, so they need to be strong, sturdy and reliable.Although they might not look like much, they can mo...
22 February, 2021
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In many industries, a full body harness is needed to stay safe while working up high and offer extra security, while others need to be able to combat explosive atmospheres. Depending on the environment you find yourself in, you might encounter explos...
22 February, 2021
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Manual chain blocks and hoists are a versatile lifting solution that are suitable for a variety of work settings and conditions. There are two types of chain hoists, which include a manual chain hoist and electric chain hoist. As you may expect,...
15 December, 2020
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Why You Need A Snatch BlockSnatch blocks are used to enhance the pulling capacity of a winch, sometimes by up to as much as double the pulling power - this can be very useful when you need to lift heavy items. With so much choice, choosing a sna...
15 December, 2020
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About Beam ClampsBeam clamps, also known as girder clamps, are used for suspending heavy items from a steel beam, a lifting hoist is a typical example. With their durable and versatile qualities, beam clamps provide unparalleled levels of safety and ...
15 December, 2020
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A block and tackle , sometimes known as a sheave block  or rope pulley, is a useful pulley system that can be used to lift heavy weights or transfer forces in different directions. This handy system can be used in construction, in a theatre...
11 November, 2020
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If you’re new to the world of lifting gear or simply looking to learn more about shackles, you’ve come to the right place. Shackles are used to create a connection between a load being lifted and a lifting device. What are shackles used for?Sha...
14 October, 2020
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When travelling with any load, it’s crucial to ensure that load is secured correctly. Loads moving around in your vehicle can be extremely dangerous, if the load becomes loose it could potentially cause injuries or an accident.The ratchet strap and l...
14 October, 2020
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Car workshops and garages are critical in keeping automotive safely operating and to avoid unnecessary breakdowns. In order to MOT vehicles and carry out essential maintenance and repairs, car workshops must have the correct equipment to be able to f...
15 September, 2020
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Heavy-duty eye bolts can be used in more intense environments where heavier lifting is required, whereas smaller eye bolts are better suited for non-load bearing applications. With a loop at one end of the bolt, eye bolts firmly attach a securing eye...
15 September, 2020
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Wearing a safety harness may just save your life, so it’s important to always wear one when working from any height. In this guide, we explain some of the simple questions and answers of safety harnesses, including how safety harnesses work and in wh...
25 August, 2020
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Being able to measure the weight of a load that is being applied to equipment is important in ensuring that operations are performed as safely as possible.Guessing whether or not equipment can safely hold an estimated amount of weight is NOT safe and...
18 August, 2020
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What is a Thorough Examination & Inspection of Lifting Equipment?A thorough examination & inspection of lifting equipment is an essential part of any business that uses any form of lifting gear, large or small, from cranes and hoists to sling...
17 August, 2020
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Best 2020 Winch: Product ReviewChoosing a winch should take time and a lot of consideration. Winches are not universal, so you should choose a winch that suits your needs best. After all, some winches can work best for heavy-duty trucks, whereas othe...
11 August, 2020
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Hoists are used to lift and lower heavy loads and are valuable pieces of equipment in the many industrial settings. When choosing a hoist for your lifting applications, it’s important to choose one that is best suited to your operations in the long t...
14 July, 2020
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See pictorial information about industrial lifting clamps in our infographic: ...
14 July, 2020
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Find out about our lifting equipment testing and inspection services in our infographic ...
14 July, 2020
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Our A to Z Infographic gives some visual information on the lifting gear products we supply ...
3 March, 2020
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For any company with lifting requirements, obtaining the ideal lifting equipment to operate can be an expensive investment and many companies may choose to hire equipment instead of purchasing them outright. Here we explore some of the reasons for an...
18 February, 2020
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A jib crane can be a very beneficial tool for any business with a requirement to lift and move heavy materials, whether it be construction, storage or manufacturing. However, as the equipment’s purpose is to lift and move heavy loads there are of cou...
21 January, 2020
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If you’re business works in the shipbuilding industry thenthere are a variety of tools which are needed in order to work on them. One ofthese pieces of equipment is the lifting gantry and though dock yards willusually use large-scale gantry cranes, i...
7 January, 2020
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In this blog we will be continuing our series of looking at different industries and how they can makeuse of A Frame lifting gantries, a form of lifting gear which can sometimes beoverlooked.Using lifting gantries in the construction industryHou...
10 December, 2019
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If your company operates within the manufacturing sector then there are many tools and equipment that you will need to operate efficiently – one of these pieces of equipment is a lifting gantry. Here are a couple of reasons why these can help yo...
5 December, 2019
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If you own a warehouse or storage business then one of the crucial tools your company must have is the lifting gantry. Here are just some of the reasons why.Lifting Gantry Portability for warehousesMany warehouses in today’s distribution and logistic...
20 November, 2019
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A lifting gantry can be an important tool for many different types of businesses, including the automotive industry. Here we explain some of the main benefits using a lifting gantry can have to your business.So how can a lifting gantry help your auto...
26 September, 2018
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A beam trolley is used to suspend a hoist from an overhead beam, enabling it to travel up and down the beam with ease. They are mainly used in industries where heavy loads need to be transported from one side of a warehouse to another whilst simultan...
22 May, 2018
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Why choose an aluminium gantry crane over a standard steel mobile gantry crane? We’ve listed the main benefits and differences here.What is aluminium?To briefly cover the basics, aluminium is a metal. Steel is the most commonly used metal, but alumin...
22 May, 2018
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Wire rope can be used in many different ways, in a lifting operation for example, equipment will typically be comprised of a crane, a hoist, and probably multiple types of loose lifting tackle. While the cranes and the hoists can vary greatly in...
7 March, 2018
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Lifting equipment is used in a whole range of industries, from construction to engineering and shipping to mining. Regardless of the sector that it is being used within or the purpose it is being used for, it will be subject to a high degree of stres...
26 February, 2018
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For anyone operating lifting equipment, which can be in a whole range of industries, lifting safety will be at the forefront of your minds. Whether it’s huge industrial operations, or it’s just small one-time jobs, proper precautions and safety measu...
14 February, 2018
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With any lifting operation, there are many things that you need to think about and to consider. There are often dozens of moving parts and pieces involved, and there can be several factors involved with the planning of said operation. One factor that...
7 February, 2018
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We have a range of high quality winches here at Lifting Gear Direct. As with many of the categories of products that we stock, we have a number of different items, each offering their own benefits and unique features. For that reason, here we have la...
31 January, 2018
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Those operating within the lifting gear industry will find that working at height is often a common task that must be performed. Perhaps it’s at great towering heights on large construction projects, or maybe it’s just a few metres off the ground.Reg...
24 January, 2018
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Lifting slings are one of the many types of lifting equipment products that we offer here at Lifting Gear Direct. As you can see from our site, we have 13 different categories of lifting equipment alone, so you’d be forgiven for sometimes wondering w...
15 January, 2018
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Hoists and hoisting equipment make up one of the largest categories of our lifting equipment. Within this fairly large category are sub-categories, with dozens of items and gear included. For this reason, it can often be hard filtering down between t...
20 December, 2017
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When operating within the lifting gear industry, it is commonplace that workers will need to be operating at height. Lifting equipment, which often finds itself in industries such as construction, engineering or shipbuilding, can involve use on extre...
15 December, 2017
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Crane gantry systems, also known as mobile gantries, mobile lifting gantries or A-frame gantries, are extremely useful pieces of lifting and lowering equipment used in many environments. Here at Lifting Gear Direct, we stock various different gantry ...
12 December, 2017
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Working at height is an extremely common everyday occurrence in many businesses and operations around the UK. It can mean working at great heights, many storeys above the ground, or it can also mean working at much smaller distances.Regardless of the...
6 December, 2017
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Handling Steel Drums SafelyIndustrial drums such as streel drums or plastic drums have an extensive use within industrial environments, and are often heavy pieces of cargo, especially when full. Often made from steel, they are primarily used for both...