Hoists make it easy to lift heavy loads into place when on the job. The versatile tools can easily handle movement of large boxes and pallets as well as lifting engine blocks and similar mechanical components. Many hoists feature additional safety features to ensure safe operation.
Hoists simplify the process of lifting heavy items. These mechanical tools run on a simple, unpowered pulley system that eliminates the need for batteries or generators. The lifting power of a hoist is much greater than that of unaided workers, which lets workers using the equipment do more in a shorter period of time.
Most hoists feature safety brakes that catch whenever specific load weights or chain speeds are reached. These help prevent accidents that could potentially cause harm to operators or goods. Safety brakes activate automatically to keep items from falling and the chain from breaking.
Hoists often feature durable iron or stainless steel construction. The sturdy hooks used for connecting chained pallets and other goods to the hoist are commonly made of extremely strong metal material. The same is true for the hook that holds the connecting hooks in place. This added strength ensures that the hoist can lift and hold weights up to its maximum-rated value.
Some advanced hoists feature lever action instead of traditional pulley setups. These employ levers to crank the pulley for added leverage that can help lift many of the heaviest of goods and construction equipment. Lever action reduces the personal strength needed by workers for operation, allowing workers with less strength to use the hoist to lift loads that would normally require much more strength using traditional pulley setups.