Investing in an industrial hoist is not something you do every day.

This is a lifting tool that is meant to last for years in your warehouse. But, you may find yourself in need of a new hoist sooner rather than later if you buy the wrong one.

Don’t worry – our buyer’s guide of industrial hoists is here to ensure that doesn’t happen.

Keep reading for all the information you need to make the right hoist decision.

1. Load Weight and Lifting Frequency

The first thing to consider when buying an industrial hoist is the load weight.

Some industrial hoists just aren’t meant for large loads. Others can carry anything you need, provided they are attached to the right machines and power source.

Still, start with the average weight of materials you work with. If you notice there is a big difference between certain projects and items you lift and load, you may need to purchase more than one hoist, or go with the one that is meant for your maximum expected load weight.

Look for something that is strong as well as durable. Consider how often you plan to use your hoist throughout one day, one week, or the span of each new project.

2. Power Supply and Required Movement

Once you’ve got the basic requirements of your new industrial hoist identified, it’s time to narrow things down even more.

Take a look at the kind of voltage your facility is working with. You need to make sure this matches the frequency your new hoist operates on. Otherwise, you could cause some significant electrical damage – which is much more than many industrial hoists combined.

Voltage isn’t the only thing that ensures a strong, steady lift, though.

Don’t forget to account for how far your lift will need to travel. This includes height as well as distance traveled. Some requirements will fit certain hoists better than others.

3. The Different Kinds of Hoists

To get a better idea of the compatibility between some hoists and the functions your work requires, you need to understand the different types of industrial hoists to choose from.

Here is an overview of what each hoist can do.

Manual Chain Hoists

This hoist is made with close quarters in mind.

It can lift anything from .75 to 9 tons, depending on the kind you buy. Every option comes with the ability to lift vertically, horizontally, or at an angle.

Air Chain Hoists

An air chain’s power ranges from 250 to 500 pounds.

This may not sound like much, but it is a convenient tool to have to keep your projects running smoothly. Considering the hoist only weighs 12 pounds itself, this alone makes it worth the investment if you tend to work with many kinds of loads and materials.

It is high speed, low noise, and ready to perform unlimited duty cycles.

Electric Wire Rope Hoists

On the other end of the spectrum, an electric wire rope hoist can hold up to 20 tons comfortably.

This is the hoist you need for large-scale operations. They comes with a cooling fan to keep everything working as well as possible. More so, the rope security and hoist motor brake add an extra touch of safety and efficiency to your projects.

Electric Chain Hoists

Electric chain hoists come with all the motors and cooling of a wire rope hoist – and more.

These hoists are ready to work in the most extreme of weather conditions. They are corrosion and wear-resistant, made with smooth lifting and longevity of the chains in mind.

Take Your Pick from Our Selection of Industrial Hoists

There are many types and models to choose from, but only one is the right hoist to add to your lineup.

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