Types of Hoists: Chain Hoist vs. Air Hoist

types of hoists

Hoists are designed for lifting or lowering a load and have many practical applications in a range of industries. There are several different types of hoists, some are manually operated, electrically operated or pneumatically (air) driven, and may use chain, fibre or wire rope to lift a load. Determining the right hoist for your project requires careful consideration of factors such as the weight of the load, the height of the lift, the on/off duty cycle, the speed and control of lift, as well as the space required to install and transport the hoist. By comparing the different type of hoists, it becomes simpler to select the most suitable hoist for the job.

Chain Hoist

Chain hoists are purpose-built for use in warehouses, storage areas, factories, construction and mines. Chain hoists can easily be shifted from one place to another, making them suitable for a large working space where you are able to change positions while depositing loads. Chain hoists are compact, relatively lightweight and are available in manual hoist or electronic hoist alternatives.

Manual Chain Hoists

types of hoists

Featured product: Manual Chain Hoists (500kg to 30-Tonne)

Manual hoists (chain blocks) feature high quality, durable steel that is resistant to impact damage. They typically feature short headroom, which is ideal for use in confined spaces. They are long-wearing and provide protection against jamming of the load chain.

Chain blocks are typically operated with single-handed free-wheeling. They are the most affordable of all hoist types, which makes them ideal for temporary or infrequent use, low weight capacities, and short lift height. They are also a fantastic piece of equipment when a power source isn’t available (eg. rural applications).

Electric Chain Hoists

types of hoists

Featured product: Electric Chain Hoists (1-tonne to 6-tonne capacity) 

An electric chain hoist is used for lifting heavy loads by the help of a powerful motor. They provide a reliable and consistent service for long periods of time. They have a high load capacity, are versatile, silent in operation as well as durable. An advantage of this is, with the ability to lift heavy loads with ease, work-related costs may be reduced as the number of staff required to complete a task is lessened. Electric hoists can also be equipped with special motors (if required) to make them suitable for use in hazardous areas.

It’s important to consider that electric hoists require electricity, so a power outage can disrupt work on the premise. Hint* when choosing an electric chain hoist, always ensure it comes standard with emergency braking in case of a power disruption.

This equipment is effective at lifting or lowering for a wide range of industrial applications including load restraint, lift and shift, rigging and underground mining.

Air Hoists

types of hoists

Featured product for hire: Air Chain Hoist (30-tonne capacity) 

Air hoists are one of the most versatile types of hoists. Their operations are very similar to that of an electric hoist except the hoist is powered by an air compressor to eliminate the restrictions that come with the requirement for a suitable electric power supply.

The compressed air that powers the hoist allows for a floating functionality, which is essentially a weightless vertical movement. Air hoists are typically much lighter than electric hoists, making them easily portable. Air hoists are designed as low maintenance equipment and can withstand dirt and dust, as well as heat and humidity. Their air motors are self-cooling which allows for increased run time capabilities and increased high duty cycles. A disadvantage of using an air hoist is that they are quite noisy to operate in comparison to electric or manual hoists.

This equipment is purpose-built for use in warehouses, storage areas, factories, construction, mining and shipping yards/docks. Find out more about Air Hoists – Big Lifting Solution for Small Spaces.

Making the Decision

When deciding which hoist is perfect for your project, you must take into account a variety of factors including installation, portability, noise restraints, availability of power, duty cycle, lifting speed requirements as well as the operating environment. All types of hoists are available at Winch Hire Australia in an extensive range of sizes and models and each piece of operating equipment comes with relevant safety documents including Safe Operating Procedures and Test Certificates.

To determine which type of hoist is most suitable for your project, visit Winch Hire Australia, or get in touch with one of our specialist team members for advice, to see how we can help with your next project.