The Wire Rope Hoist: A Durable Lifting Solution

by | Nov 3, 2016 | Industrial Supplier

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Hoists are devices used to help lift heavy loads. Often they are rated to lift loads of more than 1000 pounds, but there are devices for smaller load capacities as well. Leverage is gained through the use of these hoists, enabling heavy objects to be moved with ease.

With a wire rope hoist, the lifting material used is wire. These hoists may be powered either pneumatically or electrically. The capacity of the hoist must be respected and not exceeded at any time. Otherwise, a dangerous or even catastrophic situation may result.

Wire Rope and Chain Hoists
It is important to use the right hoist for the designated application. Wire rope hoists are generally used for greater load capacities than chain hoists. Chain hoists are often used in factories, warehouses, auto repair shops and other similar situations where routine types of loads of relative low capacity are required. It would not be necessary to use a wire rope hoist in these situations. For situations where loads are higher, for instance 3 tons or greater, a wire rope hoist would be recommended over a chain hoist.

Wire rope hoists are more suited for lifting stationary or permanent equipment and when the hoist is required for repeated use in rough weather conditions. They are not recommended for horizontal lifting scenarios since they do not possess same stability for that operation as does a chain hoist.

The Pneumatic Wire Rope Hoist
A pneumatic wire rope hoist is suitable for situations in which the use of electricity is not feasible or safe. Pneumatic hoists are able to spot loads easily, they have variable lifting speed. They also have self-cooling motors. In addition some models come with corrosion and spark resistance features.

Before purchasing one or more wire rope hoists, review your options carefully through a reputable provider of rigging products. There are many lifting and rigging options available when it comes to lifting heavy loads. You want to be sure that your rigging configuration is safe and complies with all necessary construction codes and safety standards. In addition, always make sure the load you are lifting is safely within the capacity of the wire rope hoist or any other rigging equipment utilized on job.

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