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Hoists & Hoisting Equipment

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Welcome to the Hoists and hoisting equipment page, here you will find all types of hoisting equipment within their respective categories.

There is a wide variety of hoisting equipment to choose from which will be best suited to specific lifting applications and therefore it is a good idea to think carefully about the type of hoist you need, and which will be best suited to your lifting operations in the long term.

Powered Hoists

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.

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, Gantry hoists and Scaffold hoists fall into this category as they too are electrically powered.

Manual Hoists

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.

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.

 

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