Get Manuals, Reduce Downtime

   Having the proper operation and parts manuals for your hoist can help build a solid maintenance schedule, keep you in OSHA compliance, and reduce dreaded downtime. Like most vehicle manuals, hoist operation manuals have schedules for recommended routine maintenance such as inspections, oil and brake pad changes. Hoist Experts offers a manual library here: If you can't find the manual you're looking for, let us know, and we can get it for you -- (866)579-0160.

Hoist Operation & Parts Manuals

Weatherproof Your Hoists

Freezing? Hoists get cold too -- weather resistant nylon covers are available for most Budgit, CM, and Coffing hoists. Prevent rust, extend life, and reserve yourself the peace of mind that your hoist will operate properly when you need it. Call the Hoist Experts for more info (866)579-0160.

 Coffing Weather Cover

Reduce Stress!

Reduce stresses introduced to load-bearing components on your lifting equipment by considering variable-frequency drives, pneumatic hoists with soft starts, or even pneumatic or spring balancers. Abrupt starts and stops or 'jogging' can be very stressful on load-bearing components. Replacing necessary components with soft-start counterparts will reduce stress, increase longevity, and reduce overall down time!

Used Hoists 50-70% Off List

We just revamped our eBay store Hoist Outlet to sell certified used hoists at heavily discounted prices! Great options at 50-70% off of list price available. If you don't see what you're looking for, drop us a line and we'll be happy to help! -- (866)579-0160. Here's a link to the new and improved store:


Have you considered going paperless?

Switching to electronic inspections for lifting equipment will save time and money! Save time by being able to organize, search, and send electronic files in a matter of seconds. Save money by eliminating waste and a need for file cabinets and storage space!

Harrington TNER Now Available!

For the longest time, CM ET (Entertainment Line) has been the authority in the entertainment hoist market. Now, the Harrington TNER enters the market as a major competitor. Check it out here:

Call/email with questions or to build your perfect entertainment package today!

Building a Hoist Insurance Policy

It's always a good idea to have extra hoists on hand, particularly as backups for production-integral hoists. Both the maintenance and plant managers' worst nightmare is a production line hoist going down during peak operation without a replacement or viable means of repairing it readily available. Most plant's down-time is MUCH more expensive than the cost of a backup hoist. Keep a good inventory of all hoist equipment in your facility, and store backups with identical specifications for hoists your process is dependent on. Contact us, and we'll be happy to help build spec sheets for you.

Another good practice is to keep a small stock of recommended replacement parts for important hoists in your facility. Typical recommended replacement parts lists may include the following for your standard electric chain hoist:

  • Load chain
  • Load hooks
  • Safety latches
  • Brake discs
  • Contactors

Most hoist parts/users manuals will include a list of hoist-specific recommended spare parts -- take the CM Lodestar for example (recommended spare parts on pg. 138). Check out our Literature page for hoist brochures and manuals -- if you can't find what you're looking for here, contact us, and we'll be happy to track it down for you. As a last resort, if literature is not available for your hoist, call/email Hoist Experts, and we'll be happy to build custom hoist-specific recommended spare parts lists for you. Thanks, and we'll talk to you soon!

Hoist Inspections & Maintenance

Get your hoists inspected regularly -- OSHA requires that routine inspections be performed on all overhead cranes and hoists. OSHA 1910.179 includes the full description of what the schedule and depth of these inspections should look like, but here's a brief overview:

1) Frequent Inspections: to be performed once a month by a competent person (who may work for your company)

2) Periodic Inspections: to be performed annually by a certified crane and hoist inspector (who must not work for your company)

It's also a good idea to have replacement hoists on hand, or at the very least, a recommended replacement parts bin for important hoist in your facility. This way, if these hoists go down, they can quickly be replaced or repaired. Our next blog will outline good practices for replacement parts stocking. Be safe, and have a good one!

Factors in Choosing - Power

Now that you know your capacity, how will your hoist be powered? When choosing a hoist, you have three main options:

Manual, Electric, and Air. Manual hoists are powered by hand. The two most common versions of hand-powered hoists are ratchet levers (also known as comealongs) and hand chain hoists (commonly referred to as “chain falls”.)

A ratchet lever hoist is powered by a ratcheting mechanism located at the body of the hoist. Common applications for a ratchet lever or come-along  hoist are for short lifts or for horizontal pulling. While ratchet levers can be fitted with long lifts, the jerky motion associated with lifting takes a good deal of energy.

For longer vertical lifts, a hand chain hoist or chain fall can be a good solution. A hand chain hoist operates by pulling a “hand chain” over a wheel. The smooth, constant hand over hand motion of lifting or lowering a load makes it a good choice for manual hoist applications requiring longer lifts. Electric hoists are another option. If you have power available to the hoisting area and you are making multiple lifts within a short amount of time, an electric hoist can be a great solution.

Common information to know before choosing your electric hoist is voltage and phase of your power. Also, when planning to purchase an electric hoist, be mindful of how you are going to get the power to the hoist itself. Simply allowing the power cord to drop down from the hoist can lead to tangles with the lifting chain, so be sure you have a plan in pace as to how to route your power.

Air Hoists are another great option. Although generally a bit more expensive than an electric hoist, an air hoist is usually considered to be better equipped to perform heavy duty hoisting functions. Because they are powered by air, they run cooler than electric hoists. Also, because they are pneumatic, they have no electrical contacts that can generate an arc.

Factors In Choosing a Hoist - Capacity

How much does the material you are trying to move weigh? Most of the time, this is a simple decision. Obviously, you don’t want to undersize your hoist, or choose a hoist that cannot safely lift the load. Another less obvious problem is oversizing your hoist. If your load is 750 lbs,  why not just buy a 1 ton hoist rather than a ½ ton if the price isn’t that much more?

This may be okay, but if you do decide to oversize the overhead hoist you choose, be sure to keep in mind that a high capacity hoist may weigh more, or have a larger frame size that could prove to be troublesome when it comes to installation. Make sure you have the clearance and capacity on the support structure!