Electric Chain Hoist

This article was made to assist you, the customer, on how an electric hoist works, and how to select the best electric hoist for your application needs. Uesco cranes is a supplier of many different brands of electric hoists, tonnages and capacities, and voltages options. These include two different power supplies, single phase and three phase, and different speed options, including single phase, dual speed, and variable speed. When deciding on an electric hoist you also need to determine the voltage (110V, 115V, 230V, 460V), capacity (1 ton electric chain hoists), lift (extendable from 10 FT-50FT), speed (FPM), suspension (hook, lug, plain, geared trolley, motorized trolley), chain containers, manual trolleys, and other options. Hoists are used to lift heavy loads in smaller machine shops to warehouses. Once selected, you can view which manufacturer meets your specifications so that we can offer you the finest product at an unrivaled price.

What Is An Electric Hoist?

An electric hoist is a key part for an overhead crane, on a beam or gantry in construction settings. This lifting device attaches to either a fixed location of the crane or moves along a beam or rail using a trolley device. Electric chain hoists are easy to handle and its electric powered motors and controllers can be serviced effortlessly, reducing the costs of labor.

A modern electric hoist consists of either a heap wheel or rope drum needed to lift the required load. The features of an electric hoist is to turn on the motor, lift the haul to the height, and move the crane’s beam or rail to move the weight by a trolley motor if necessary. On an electric hoist, an electromagnetic brake is included to prevent the haul from falling during the lifting process. Electric hoists are useful in moving heavy weights from one area to another with one push of a button. The key part of an electric hoist is its electric motor and electric control box. The electric motor uses electricity for fast performance and the electric control box or panel controls the hoists motor speed, and the brake system can be used to signal sensors and safety devices. Other features included on an electric hoist are acceleration/deceleration of the speed of the hoist when picking up a load or putting it down, and  automatically lifting loads when the container is filled. 

Types Of Electric Hoists?

There are two types of electric hoists available at Uesco Cranes, an electric chain hoist and electric wire rope hoist. When considering a purchase of an electric chain hoist or a wire rose hoist, it is important to compare the lifting tasks, environment, capacity and duty cycle of the two available hoists. It is a serious discussion about which type of hoist (electric chain hoists or electric wire rope) you want to choose for the handling of materials in your business. A 1 ton Electric Chain hoist may be misused and have been better applied if a 3 ton electric chain hoist was used instead. This could result in excessive maintenance or long periods of downtime that could result in a higher cost. You should look for speed of lift ( single phase or dual phase), capacity requirements (1/4 ton, 1/2 ton. 1 ton, 2 ton, 3 ton, 5 ton etc.), operation speed and duty cycle, chain container, and suspension type (hook, lug, clevis) before you shop from our category of brands.

Electric Chain Hoist

Electric chain hoists are used in light and medium lifting areas, which are classified as H3 and H4 service by HMI, the Hoist Manufacturers Institute. Electric chain hoists in turn range in capacity from 250 LBS to 5 ton, and should be applied to lightweight and fast working applications that include construction, healthcare or social care settings, and industrial areas. This means electric chain hoists are perfect for lesser loads and has the advantages of ease of use on jib cranes, gantry cranes, and hand-push cranes which require movement of load hooks. This greater level of dependability provides an increased reliability in your work environment.  Because of their lightweight design, electric chain hoists are easier to move around than rope hoists, and can be moved around with ease with adequate room. This allows for the switching of positions when a load needs to be deposited. The Electric chain hoist is designed to work perfectly for these forms of applications, and its lightweight and compact design allows for maximum usage for your needs. Electric chain hoists are generally suspended using a safety latch to prevent heavy loads from falling. An oil bath lubrication is added to electric chain hoists so that the friction clutch can prevent accidents and mishaps at warehouses.

Electric Wire Rope Hoist

Electric wire rope hoists are different from their chain counterparts in that they are better designed for higher capacity lifts, which occur frequently throughout the day. Our electric wire rope hoists come rated in at 1 ton to 30 ton capacities, and can resist heat better than electric chain hoists because of its much larger components( gearing, body) that withstands heat better that's generated from lifting throughout the workday. Electric Wire rope hoists are ideally applied in high capacity lifting, where the production environment requires duty cycles of medium to heavy lifts. The Hoist Manufacturers Institute classifies most Electric Wire Rope hoists at H4 and H5. A rope hoist is mostly used in permanent situations where the loads need to be handled and delivered in short times. They can also be used in more extreme circumstances than electric chain hoists, allowing them to be handy in extreme heat or very harsh conditions. With that said, wire rope hoists are also generally more expensive than chain hoists, and are normally larger and more complicated than an electric chain hoist. 

Why Use An Electric Hoist?

Convenience to be used in any environment, once you figure out your necessary options, Uesco supply electric chain hoist sellers, that include Budgit, CM, Coffing, and Harrington which offer capacities that start at 250 LBS and go to 20 Tons. The Hoist Manufacturer's Institute and American Society of Engineers have established standards for hoists, including electric chain hoists, including factors to help the consumer understand the ratings the manufacturers provide for their electric hoists. These factors include maximum load, average distance the load is raised and lowered, and the maximum stops and starts an electric hoist should do per hour. To prevent going above stock load capacity, the motor requires a friction clutch to stop the motor from racing when overloaded. An electric hoist can help save time and energy, since only one person operates this hoist, workers can focus on other aspects of their job and not have to potentially carry an item or use a forklift.  This gives smaller machine shops more operating space in shop.

Voltage/Electricity Options Of A Electric Hoist

Electric hoists are designed to operate on different voltages according to the available power supply. Generally, the higher capacity, the higher the voltage hoist you will need. For example, 1 ton electric hoists run off of 110 to 115 volts and 5 ton electric hoists require a higher voltage of 230 to 440 volts. Single-phase chain hoists can be plugged into a standard electrical outlet, making it perfect for smaller shops. A three-phase electric hoist can normally be found in larger operations that require heavier loads often.

Brands & Manufacturers

Columbus McKinnon has a history of over 145 years of service in the material handling industry. It’s hoists are known for their strength and performance with it wide variety of capacities, features, and specifications. Uesco supplies electric chain hoists of CM, Coffing, Budgit, Yale, Chester, Shaw-Box, and Stahl brands all from Columbus McKinnon. Determine which brand of high performance industrial chain hoist is best for your operator.

Harrington brand of products is recognized as a leader in the hoist and crane industry, Harrington Hoists provides a wide array of hoists used in lifting solutions for its manufacture and industrial applications. The Harrington brand offers the highest quality production and has a passion to provide the best service possible to its customers.

R&M Materials Handling strives to be the leading supplier of electric hoists in a wide range of industries. R&M is strategically located in Springfield, Ohio and is committed to develop, build, and support crane packages that help provide the best equipment that is more efficient, safe and reliable. This complete amount of features allow this brand to make durable, reliable, and safety when lifting and operating.

  • R&M LK Electric Chain hoist
  • R&M Spacemaster SX

1 Ton Electric Chain Hoist

With the one ton being the most popular electric chain hoist, we break down what electric chain hoists are typically composed of and things to consider when price and brands matter. The first thing to consider when choosing an electric chain hoist is the safe working load, which is the maximum weight you intend to lift. For a 1 ton electric chain hoist, 200kg is the safe working load (SWL). Heavy loads are reliably transferred using the power supply to lift the load. For a 1 ton electric chain hoist, the next point to consider is the suspension method. A static suspension includes top hook or lug suspension. Hoists that travel horizontally require a push-beam trolley that can fit onto I-beams and RSJs. A low headroom type allows for access in locations with restricted headroom. Adding a chain container to a high lift will allow the facility to operate safety and reliability. A geared and motorized trolleys allow for either the operator activating the control device to lift and lower the for You should never just an electric chain hoist by its pendant control. The next thing to consider for a 1 ton electric chain hoist is the supply voltage. Supply voltage comes in three voltage types . 110v, 230v at single phase and in industrial applications, 460v which is three phase. A single phase hoist always the operation of loads smoother then a manual lift.