Electrical Hoists

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Electrical hoists are both a genre of hoists with many subcategories as well as a specific type of hoist itself. Electric hoists are the most common hoist because they are able to lift thousands of pounds but are still considered cost effective in comparison to hydraulic hoists. They are sometimes mounted to the ceiling, but are most often of stand-alone construction and composed of a metal rails, a long metal chain or wire rope that is employed for the actual lifting, one or more electric motors and a gear box where the controls are located. Read More…

Electrical Hoists An electrical hoist is a mechanism similar to a crane used to lower, raise and relocate objects and machinery too heavy for manual lifting. While some are powered by hydraulics, or for lighter loads, are hand cranked, most hoists are electrically powered for a wide range of lifting applications.

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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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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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Within the hoist family are engine hoists, car hoists, chain hoists and cable hoists just to name a few. Electrical hoists have many different uses within the industrial sector, and are commonly found in factories, manufacturing facilities, construction zones and plants. The automotive, aerospace, construction, engineering, mechanics, agricultural, medical and manufacturing industries, to name a few, all use lifting hoists of some kind to safely move heavy vehicle and aircraft engines, building parts and supplies, injured or elderly patients in a hospital or nursing home who are not able to move themselves, agricultural equipment and vehicles, cars that need work done to their underbodies, and anything else that is too heavy to be manually relocated.

The most important specification when lifting objects with an electrical hoist is the maximum weight capacity-the object being raised must not exceed the weight requirements to ensure that worker safety is not compromised and the hoist will not drop the load or tumble over on its side. The actual lifting is done with either a metal chain or wire rope, which is composed of several metal wires wound around a rubber core. These components are attached to a large hook.

Often, the load being lifted must have a hoist sling attached around it in order to be lifted in a balanced manor. There are several different types of electric hoists, each of which are designed to lift specific objects and weights. Overhead hoists are attached to a ceiling beam or a linear track and are able to move back and fourth. Portable hoists are free standing and composed of a metal frame. They often have wheels, are lightweight and easy to transport from one location to another.

Some hoists are designed to lift whole vehicles, usually for car maintenance and mechanics. They consist of 4 bars, each with a wheel platform. Since automobiles weigh multiple tons, these car hoists must have a great lift capacity, especially since employees work underneath the raised car. Depending on how high the load must be lifted, hoists all have chains and cables of different length. They are wound around a spool by a mechanical lifting device called a winch.