Electric Hoists

Electric Hoists

Electric hoists are one of the most common types of powered lifting devices available.
Electric chain hoists enable the easy lifting of heavy loads at the touch of a button. Lifting Hoists Direct specialize in the supply of all top branded electric hoisting devices. We also offer repairs, servicing and inspections by our team of experienced engineers. Yale, Stahl, Demag and Gis are just a few of the leading manufacturers we can supply.

Take a closer look at our branded categories above, you will find electric chain hoists in abundance. We have models with a range of lifting capacities available. From a small 500kg electric hoist, mid range 1 ton electric hoist to much higher heavy weight capacities. They also come with a range of heights of lift and falls of chain (single or double are most commonly used). Single or dual speed, single or 3 phase power, 110v hoist systems and 240v systems are available. We can also supply an electric trolley system to compliment your hoist.

Where are they used?

An electric chain hoist can be used in a huge variety of areas to aid in lifting and lowering heavy loads. Some of the places that this type of hoist is frequently used include; shipping, construction, warehouses, dockyards, car repair garages, marine applications and even the emergency services. Electric chain hoists are also used for more unusual applications. This could be for lowering chandeliers for cleaning, or lifting cars for displaying upright at big events, their possibilities are endless.
An Electric chain hoist will be typically used together with an electric trolley system on a Jib crane, Overhead Crane, Mobile Lifting Gantry or workshop runway. They can be supplied with different suspension types for fitting to a variety of apparatus. Hook or lug suspension points are the most common. Beam / girder clamps and beam trolleys are the easiest way to connect your hoist to a gantry or jib crane beam. A beam trolley allows movement of the hoist across the length of the beam. There are two main types; a manual push travel trolley or an electric trolley.

We can also supply a variety of fittings to fit onto the loading hook. Loose lifting tackle includes many types of chain slings (2,3 or 4 leg), wire ropes, webbing slings and a wide range of different hooks and catches. Our team can advise you of the best combination of equipment for your lifting application.

The benefits of using an Electric Hoist

An electric chain hoist provides a cost efficient, quicker and much safer way to lift heavy and awkward loads. We are all aware of just how easy it is to hurt your back, neck, shoulders and even knees just by lifting the smallest thing awkwardly. Imagine the damage that can easily be done when lifting much heavier or larger loads. The consequence these types of injuries often result in time off work and therefore sick pay and loss of manpower as a result, sometimes long term. By using a powered hoist these risks are greatly minimised.  Because the hoist takes all the weight and strain of the load, the human skeleton is not put under strain..
The fact that health and safety is so predominant within the workplace, all lifting procedures are considered high risk. It is therefore prudent for the employer to do all he/she can to minimise risk. This is fundamental to safe productivity and the safety of employees. An electric hoist will greatly help.
An electric hoisting system also allows the moving of heavy loads to be completed much quicker than man-power.  Faster operations reduces the total time spent on a job and thus reduces costs.
The choice is yours, safer, faster, cheaper and more reliable lifting or more man-power with risks of injuries.

Safety Aspects for using an Electric Hoist

All our electric chain hoists are supplied with instructions for using them safely, and advice on maintenance and inspections. Electric hoists should only be used by trained operatives and/or  those who understand the capabilities of the hoist. How to use associated equipment with the hoist is equally important for safety.
Electric hoists should always be clearly marked with their safe working load limit. The SWL should never be exceeded. If the hoist is to be used constantly with loads close to its limit, then it would be wise to consider an electric hoist with a larger lifting capacity. A larger capacity hoist will be safer and it will also extend the life of the hoist. Electric chain hoists can often be repaired but should be done so by a qualified engineer