Chain Hoists

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Electric chain hoists consist of an electric motor which turns multiple gears. A chain is placed along the teeth of these gears, so that once the motor begins to run, the chain will be lifted or lowered, depending on the direction of the motor. Typically, a lifting hook is attached to the chain which can be attached to the objects being lifted. Read More…

Chain Hoists Chain hoists are devices used to lift heavy objects, like equipment or large industrial products. These devices come in varying forms. Most chain hoists are electrically powered while others may be manually or pneumatically operated.

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Springfield, OH  |  937-525-5533

KCI Konecranes, since 1910, has provided products, services and industry applications worldwide. KCI Konecrane has a worldwide network for maintenance services to cover all our customers' needs. We also have chain hoists, engine hoists and overhead hoists for the automotive industry. For more information call us today or explore our website to see all our products and services.

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Konecranes, Inc. $$$

Indianapolis, IN  |  800-632-4451

Brehob is a leading provider of high-quality electric hoists in addition to many other related products and parts. Brehob’s seasoned professionals provide outstanding fabricating services, 24-hour emergency service, inside repair, customized training and more. Not in Brehob’s inventory? Brehob can get it for you. With ISO 9001-2000 certification, Brehob has been in business since 1953.

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Fishers, NY  |  800-821-0086

Gorbel®, Inc. is an innovator and leader in producing bridge cranes for the industry. Gorbel® provides a wide variety of overhead handling solutions that handle loads from fifty pounds up to forty tons. Contact us today and we will work with you to find the best product for your unique application. Call or visit our website for additional information.

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Gorbel Inc. $$$

Stoney Creek, ON  |  866-949-3587

Zelus distributes and services electric chain hoists, electric wire rope hoists, air hoists, manual hoists, chain trolley hoists, variable-speed air chain hoists and a variety of other chain hoist types — lever, hand, ratchet lever. We have the product to help you hoist it, move it or place it.

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Zelus Material Handling $$$

Rochester Hills, MI  |  248-652-8700

For over 50 years, Crane Technologies Group, Inc. has provided our customers with the finest quality custom engineered hoisting systems available. Crane Technologies can also provide standard hoists to accommodate specific requirements along with complete parts availability and in-house service. Meeting the most demanding applications with great prices & unmatched service!

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Crane Technologies Group, Inc. $$$
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Most other hoists utilize cables instead of chains. Whereas a cable can be wrapped or wound around a spool, a chain cannot be reliably wound or unwound in this way. Therefore, these electrical hoists must use an extra length of chain to allow the hooked end to reach the ground while keeping some chain engaged in the gears. When the hoist rises up, this excess chain then runs out the back of the hoist and lowers to the ground. However, devices called chain falls can be attached to the hoist to get rid of the surplus chain end while improving lifting capacity. These devices operate much like a block and tackle for rope hoist systems, but accommodate the shape and structure of chains.

Chain hoists offer many benefits. First, metal chains are more durable than rope. In addition to their durability, roller or link chain hoists are popular because they are fairly simple and inexpensive. They also require a low level of maintenance and are able to survive high temperatures without suffering damage. In industrial settings, chain hoists are most often used to lift items vertically. Chain hoists are available in multiple varieties; they differ by diameter, load capacity, line material, length, and maximum loaded line speed. Choosing the hoist that fits the needed specifications is important, because safety issues can arise if hoists are misused.