How To Choose The Most Suitable Chain Hoist

When It Comes To Lifting Equipment, Consider Your Options Carefully

Let’s discuss the attributes of a chain hoist. It uses a combination of levers and pulleys to lift things off the ground. It’s also characterised by a heavy-duty chain and due to its efficiency and high carrying capacity; the machine spares you the hassle, stress and time spent in lifting heavy items. However, for it to offer you maximum results, you must ensure that you are using the correct equipment for the tasks you aim to carry out. Choosing the right chain hoist can be a hard task and requires caution and careful consideration. Both manual and electric chain hoists are used for different lifting tasks, and the tips below will help you select the chain hoist that will work best for you based on what your business needs.


Consider The Chain Hoist Capacity

If you are looking for an electric hoist for your plant, the first thing that you must know is the weight of whatever you will be lifting. This is the first and minimum requirement. Safety is a key consideration in your selection and its best to err on the side of caution when selecting the safe working load of your hoist. Standard increments in lifting machinery and chain hoists are 125kg, 250kg, 500kg, 1000kg and 2000kg for small cranes, but the load capacity can reach 100t for larger cranes. So if, for example, your constant load is 500kg and the likelihood is that you would exceed that weight, then don’t risk it. Go for the 1000kg chain hoist to optimise your production and ensure the safety of both your workers and your cargo.


Check The Speed

Lifting speed is your next step and also needs careful attention. If high production is your goal, then a faster lifting speed will be required to get the best possible return on investment on your chain hoist purchase. If you are simply offloading delivered goods and shifting them  sporadically then look at a more modest speed. Hoist speed is determined by several factors including motor power, gearbox ratio and the reeving of your chain. RGM Cranes have experienced sales engineers to assist in making the optimal choice for your electric chain hoist.



What Is Your Height Of Your Lift?

After the capacity and speed, next, you have to consider the height of lift that your lifting task requires. The biggest constraint in this regard is your proposed building. Don’t assume that because your building is a certain height, that you will attain that same height in lift. The size of both your lifting structure and your chain hoist or electric wire rope hoist need to be ascertained prior to any decision. If you are uncertain in any terms, then seek help from a lifting professional such as RGM Cranes. Errors at this stage of your progress can be very costly and can be avoided with a mere phone call.

Do not overlook your future needs

A 4-tonne chain hoist may be suitable to lift your items now, but what about future needs? Do you see yourself lifting heavier objects in future than you are today? It wouldn’t be cost-effective to upgrade each time you need to lift heavier items.

Go for something that can cater for both your present and future needs and chose critically.

Chain Hoist Fact


Electric Chain Hoists are the most commonly sold hoists in South Africa!

If you’re looking for ease of use, reliability and consistency, contact us to find out how to get the most out of our electric chain hoists.

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