How Do You Choose a Chain Hoist?

Hoists are great for vertical lifting projects. However, given the many options available, how do you choose a chain hoist for your job?

Here are the three types of hoists provided by us:

  • Air chain hoists (from 200kg to 30T)
  • Electric chain hoists (from 500kg to 30T)
  • Manual chain hoists (from 125kg to 6T)

So, what are the other differences?

Air chain hoists

2 tonne air chain hoist
2-Tonne Air Chain Hoist

Since air chain hoists do not need electric motors, you can use them in remote locations or in underground mining applications. They are low-maintenance, dust & vapor resistant, and can withstand above normal temperatures as they are self-cooling. Air Chain Hoist are prefect in areas of high humidity or areas that are at risk of explosion and even where organically flammable chemicals are in use.

Also, air chain hoists are mobile, simple to use, and easy to handle (typically 40–50% lighter than electric hoists). To compare, you do not need to hire a qualified person for their installation. Unlike most electric chain hoists, air chain hoists are 100% duty cycle rated.


Electric chain hoists

Electric Chain Hoist 2T
2-tonne Electric Chain Hoist

Heavy lifting chores are made easier with electric chain hoists as they function faster and more efficiently than manual chain hoists.

They have a vast range of applications due to their superior braking power, faster-lifting speed, and greater hoisting height. You can use electric chain hoists to raise machines and large goods in construction, docks, factories, and mining.

Moreover, since they run on electricity, these chain hoists save some time on work and increase job efficiency. Besides, electric chain hoists have basic controls and provide a smoother and more consistent vertical lift than their manual counterparts, with a high degree of precision.


Manual chain hoists

5-tonne Manual Chain Hoist

Manual chain hoists have weaker lifting effects than electric chain hoists since they rely on manpower. Typically, you may utilise them to lift spare parts in smaller courtyards and garages.

Furthermore, manual chain hoists are far more cost-effective and portable than electric chain hoists since they do not require energy or a power source. Additionally, as there are no cables or sophisticated equipment, they are easier to repair and maintain in the long run.

Hopefully, now you’re all set and know how to choose a chain hoist!


Disclaimer: This article is written for educational purposes. Make sure to consult with a manufacturer/supplier and conduct a job safety analysis before using the equipment. Use it for intended purposes only. Also, it is your responsibility to comply with relevant work health and safety laws.