Learn something new every day
More Info... by email
You must examine several aspects of a hoist machine if you want to choose the best one for your use. Lift capacity, length of chain/cable and ease of operation are some of the key features to focus on when attempting to choose a quality hoist machine. Other factors which you may choose to examine are the motor amperage rating, case design and hook size. Motor power supply is a concern with most buyers, and two of the most popular options are the electric and the air-powered hoist machine. Features such as braking systems, spur gears and trolley capability should all be examined before you make a decision on any hoist.
A hoist machine is a device used to raise and lower loads in a shop or garage environment. The typical hoist machine can be powered or hand-operated. When attempting to choose the best hoist for your particular application, the operational style of the hoist should be a major concern to you. While a winch is often used to raise materials up in the air, the hoist machine is different in that it can travel on a trolley system. This allows the hoist to be used throughout a shop and even outdoors, if enough trolley track is provided.
Finding a hoist machine equipped with a ratchet and pawl locking system will provide a safety feature that might save an expensive replacement cost should the hoist give way and allow the load to come crashing down. When searching for a heavy-duty hoist, you may choose to settle on a hoist equipped with a braking system. The band brake is the most common style of brake used on larger hoists and can often save an overloaded or weakened hoist from dropping a load. You will also have the option of either a worm style gear drive or a spur gear, which is commonly used in severe duty applications.
For the occasionally-used hoist, a manual operating hoist may serve your needs. For more frequently-used applications, an electric or air-powered hoist may be chosen to save time and man hours. It also can provide an easy-to-use system for a variety of users, from the smallest to the largest workers.
You may find that a hoist machine equipped with a drop-down controller is suitable for all of your lifting needs, or you might wish to select a wireless remote-controlled unit that can be activated from a variety of locations and positions within the building. If your budget affords it, you may find it wise to choose a hoist machine slightly larger than is actually required. This will allow you to expand your lifting capabilities in the future.
One of our editors will review your suggestion and make changes if warranted. Note that depending on the number of suggestions we receive, this can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Thank you for helping to improve wiseGEEK!