A Simple Guide to Electric Hoists

24 February 2020
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If you are in the market for an electric hoist for your business, there are a few things you need to know:

The Two Categories of Electric Hoists

You may come across fixed electric hoists and motorised trolley electric hoists. Fixed electric hoists are those that operate on a particular point and cannot be moved. Motorised trolley electric hoists can be moved along a slider bar and can be used from multiple points. So, before purchasing an electric hoist, find out whether your business needs a fixed or motorised trolley electric hoist.


Each electric hoist you come across has a particular maximum weight it can lift. You should evaluate your business and find the heaviest items or commodities. This helps you get an electric hoist with a slightly higher load-bearing capacity than your heaviest commodities.

You might also want to buy an electric hoist that has a feature that allows you to be able to prevent overloading or damage caused by overloading. This can either be a setting configured at the gearbox or the presence of a friction clutch.

Operation Button

In most scenarios, electric hoists are operated by pressing a button connected to the hoist through cables or cords. If you have special requirements that might require you to operate the hoist through a remote, you can find out whether the electric hoist company can provide a hoist operated by a wireless or cordless remote button.

Material Composition

The most common material you may come across is stainless steel. This is because stainless steel has an impact, moisture, corrosion, rust and heat resistance. Also, stainless steel is strong and durable. This is what you want, and you might find it hard to come across electric hoists made from other materials. Some parts might be made from a kind of durable rubber or plastic, but the crucial parts are made from stainless steel.


Of course, the larger the electric hoist or the heavier it can lift, the higher its price. Additionally, if the electric hoist has additional features (unique features that either facilitate comfortable, easy and safe use), it can also have a high price tag.


Each electric hoist will have a manual; ensure you read the instructions left by the manufacturer, especially on maintenance. Since you are lifting heavy objects, you don't want the chain snapping or the occurrence of electrical problems that could lead to dropping whatever is being lifted. This can lead to damage to property or injury.