While working in the industry i have herd many people discussing about how they feel the process to aquire an electric chain hoist is more than its worth. This is not true, there are not many useful chain hoist guides out there on the internet however i have found a couple that are quite informative. These will be listed at the end of my blog post.
Mounting: An electric chain hoist can be suspended in a number of different ways. This can be by a top hook on the hoist unit that easily attached to a beam clamp (static) or a beam travelling trolley (for horizontal transport along I beams.) Some unit’s have a suspension eye, this is similar to a shackle, just designed for purpose.
Height of Lift: EASY! How far is it from your load’s level to the hoisting unit? Always give this in meters. This will determine the length of the load chain and if applicable, the hand chain (usually for geared trolleys)
Safe Working Load: What is the maximum weight of lift? Always quote this in Kg. 1 Tonne is equal to 1,000kg so that keeps things pretty simple.
Duty cycle is nothing you should worry about, just inform the supplier of when and how long the unit will be used for and they will do the rest.
There are a few other simple questions and answers that are detailed on this electric chain hoist jargon buster.
Another great site to check out for information and sales is electricchainhoists.co.uk Friendly staff and simple non-techie advice.