Powered hoisting devices come in 2 forms; electric or pneumatic air powered. Pneumatic air hoists
are commonly utilised where electric power is unavailable or not appropriate for the working environment; for example, where chemicals are used and electrics could cause sparks and therefore fires or explosions. Areas such as paper mills, paint factories, oil refineries and chemical industries will all most probable utilise air powered hoists. Air powered hoists will require an air compressor unit, which can be located outside the factory and piped inside to run many air tools. Additional
lifting equipment such as lifting
Air Hoist Brands & Capabilities
When it comes to air-powered hoisting equipment, there are a number of market-leading brands to grab your attention. At Lifting Gear Direct you can buy compact, cost-effective pneumatic hoists from JDN, with capacities starting out at as little as 125kg for smaller tasks. The two chain hoists from Red Rooster come in a number of configurations, putting up to 2000kg of lifting power at your disposal in their most basic form. Higher up the range you can find models that are built to bear loads of 50 tonnes, which demonstrates just how versatile and potent an air hoist can be in the right hands. Check out the air hoist section of our site to see every product we offer in this category. Electric hoists
are a common occurrence in a vast array of industries because they are easy to use, enable lifts to be completed quicker and moreover allow them to be done safely
; protecting individuals and the load. Electric hoists are available with different lifting capacities, some of which are able to lift loads of around 20,000kg and more. These hoists are robust and require little maintenance providing they are looked after and professionally inspected each year. They do however use electricity to work and so will have additional running costs. Wire Rope Hoists, builders Gantry hoists
and Scaffold hoists fall into this category as they too are electrically powered.
Electric Hoist Brands & Features
The electric hoists segment of the market is particularly competitive. If you are looking for reliable models from Demag
, Stahl, Kito
and many more, our site is the best place to find them. One of the advantages of choosing an electric chain hoist is the speed with which lifting and lowering can be completed. Even the slowest models allow speeds of up to 1.5 metres per minute to be achieved. The quickest units can hit 12 metres per minute, which will help you to complete tasks efficiently without compromising on safety. Modern electric hoists also boast quiet operation and low maintenance designs. This means they are easy to work with and affordable to own over the expected lifespan. When you do need to replace parts, we also have an extensive catalogue of spares, including everything from chains and fixtures to wire ropes and accessories. Lifting Gear Direct is the best place to find the electric hoists and accessories you need to get the job done.
Manual Hoisting Equipment
The main types of manual hoisting devices are chain blocks
also known as manual chain hoists and lever hoists.
Both of these types of hoist work by hand so no power is required; this allows them to be used pretty much anywhere, as long as they can be hung securely. Chain blocks, work by attaching the load on the bottom hook and then pulling down on one of the chains, this guides the chain over a gear to increase the power and the mechanical work being carried out by the gear ratio inside the devices housing. The load is easily lifted and lowered by pulling on the other chain. There are some types of chain blocks available which can lift at any angle, these are the 360 degree models.
Lever hoists are not only used to lift loads but also to pull and tension, in practically any position. A lever hoist works by cranking a handle/lever up and down, the chain moves over the ratchet and pawl system to raise, pull or tension. Most ratchet lever hoists have a free chaining mechanism, which enables the chain to be pulled out freely to the length required to connect to the load. Ratchet lever hoists are ideal for exact positioning in small spaces and for tie down operations.
Manual Hoist Brands & Benefits
You can find all of the best manual chain block hoist brands here at Lifting Gear Direct, including products from Hacketts, Yale, Tiger and Tractel. Our lever hoists come from companies such as Gunnebo and GT, as well as many of the manufacturers mentioned above. One of the main advantages to buying any one of the manual models we offer is that they are much more affordable for light lifting work where a more expensive, bulkier alternative is not appropriate. There is still a solid selection of lifting capacities to choose from, starting at as little as 125kg and peaking at 30 tonnes in some cases. The heavy duty models can compete well against their powered counterparts, so you can expand your search and consider a wide array of hoist products when you shop with us.
We can conclude from the above that both powered and manual hoists have great benefits
, but it really depends on where you need to use them and for what type of application that will influence your choice of hoist.
Your Hoisting Equipment Questions Answered
We believe in keeping our customers informed, so if you need to learn more about any of the powered electric hoists or manual models we sell, please get in touch today. Call 01384 76961 or email our team
using our straightforward contact form. We can also provide you with a quote if you need to take advantage of the maintenance and inspection services that Lifting Gear Direct can perform.