Why Hoists Are A Critical Type of Industrial Lifting Equipment

Air-chain-hoistIndustrial lifting equipment is an essential part of many industries, as heavy lifting and shifting allow products to be transported to their destinations, cars to be raised, anchors to be weighed and building beams carefully moved into place.

Having a tough and reliable piece of lifting equipment improves efficiency and safety, creating an overall better working environment. As manufacturers continue to innovate design and technology, there is a wide range of industrial lifting equipment to suit any task.

Are you looking for ways to improve the lifting capabilities of your warehouse or construction business? We recommend looking into hoists. Hoists are designed for lifting or lowering a load and have a range of practical applications. Before you get to work, check out our guide on Hoisting and Rigging Safety. There are a few different types of hoists: manually operated, electrically operated or air-driven and you may use chain, fibre or wire rope to lift a load.

We’ll break down how each works, different applications and general benefits unique to each one, in the hope that you can select the most suitable industrial lifting equipment for your particular needs.

1. Air Chain hoists


The first hoist is an air chain hoists, which is one of the most versatile. Like the name suggests, its mechanism operates via air supply from a compressor. This eliminates the restrictions that come with the requirement of a suitable electric power supply whilst giving you more lifting power than handheld.

Other advantages include a floating functionality, which allows for weightless vertical movement, plus they are lighter and therefore more portable than electric hoists. A true workhorse for any working environment, air hoists are designed to be low maintenance and can withstand dirt and dust, as well as humidity and heat – exactly what you’ll need in the challenging conditions we experience in Australia. Air motors are also self-cooling, which allows them to run for longer periods. The main disadvantage of air chain hoists is the noise levels they produce, which can be significantly higher in comparison to electric or manual hoists.

Situations, where an air chain hoist is most suitable, include warehouses, storage areas, factories, construction, mining and shipping yards/docks. Find out more about Air Hoists.

2. Electric Chain hoists

Another type of industrial lifting equipment is an electric chain hoist. These hoists are ideal for lifting heavy loads with the help of a powerful motor. The electric drive is very reliable and consistent for long periods of time and also operate silently, which is a big advantage for a worksite where noise levels are already uncomfortably high. There’s also the possibility to reduce the work-related costs of staff as less are needed to complete tasks with electric chain hoists because they can lift heavy loads with ease.

The downsides of electric chain hoists are that they require a constant connection to an electric power source, which can become a challenge if there is a power outage on site. In case this ever happens, make sure you have an emergency brake-equipped to prevent an accident from happening. For any other issues, check out our Troubleshooting Hoists Guide.

Applications wise, this equipment is effective at lifting or lowering for a variety of industrial applications such as load restraint, rigging and underground mining. Learn more about Electric Chain Hoists.

3. Manual Chain Block

manual-chain-block-hoistThe simplest option is a manual chain block (also known as a hand chain hoist), which has no motor and uses a pulley mechanism that is operated by hand. By pulling down on one end of the chain loops, it turns a pulley which lifts up the other end of the chain where the load is attached.

Manual chain blocks are tethered with a high quality, durable steel chain that is resistant to damage and usually has short headroom making it ideal for use in confined spaces. They’re designed to be long-wearing and provide protection against jamming of the load chain, making them a reliable piece of industrial lifting equipment to have on-site.

Renowned for its ease of use, a manual chain block can be operated with single-handed free-wheeling. As the most affordable of all hoist types, they are ideal for temporary or infrequent use, low weight capacities and short lift heights, such as in a mechanical garage to maneuver engines. Also handy to have around when there isn’t a source of power available like on a farm. Browse our full range of Manual Chain Hoists.

Contact Winch Hire Australia for Your Next Project

Winch Hire Australia is a trusted industry leader and deliver outstanding quality of service, are committed to safety and have over 20 years of experience. We provide a range of hoists available for hire and also the technical support needed to ensure your project succeeds. Part of our after-sales service includes offering quality assured spare parts with quick delivery and also upgrading your hoisting equipment as required, so you can always count on us.

If you have any questions regarding hoist failure or would like to hire equipment for your next project, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.