It’s Been A While….

Well, it’s been a while!

Truthfully I have been busy, I have been away abroad also! But I am back and will continue to educate the reader and discuss the latest in Lifting Gear.

Anyway…..Want to save yourself a little on that dreaded carriage? Hit and get FREE SHIPPING over £300! What more could you want? Enjoy it now though because when the rain comes back and we start to feel a little bit cold, its gone! (haha, we’re not that evil really, but it is going, so hurry!)

Electric Chain Hoist Experts

When it comes to Lifting Equipment the experts are Lifting Equipment Store, but when it comes to more specialist hoisting equipment there is

Featuring electric chain hoists from all high quality leading industrial brands on todays market such as Yale, Stahl, GIS, Lodestar, Lodeguard, Donati, Demag, Tractel and Kito.


Supplying all types of motorised chain hoists for standard applications and bespoke applications such as specially designed wind turbine hoists and ultra low headroom hoists providing maximum hook path. With capacities up to 45 Tonnes (45,000kg), heights of lift up to 120m Crane Handling are sure to provide a hoist to suit your requirements.

Crane Handling, owners of have over 30 years of full experience in the mechanical handling and Lifting Equipment industry, their solutions are designed with simplicity and cost in mind.

For a best price quotation on any of the range of Electric Chain Hoists contact

Lifting Equipment Safety Procedures

Safety is always the highest priority when executing a heavy lift. Without correct risk assessment surrounding people maybe at high risk to a heavy load accidentally dropping on their head!

Generally speaking lifting equipment should be inspected every 6-12 months (different products require different inspection intervals) by a qualified lifting inspection officer/company. Gear should also be inspected for wear and tear or damage deeper than the surface, this should be done by the user before each lift.

Most companies that use lifting equipment these days have a system for storing test certificates or certificates of conformity. These are required for each item of lifting equipment by law. It shows that the item has been tested or inspected to the relevant standards with any noted defects listed. In the event of an accident this will become a valuable document, without one you run big risks. Each item of lifting gear will feature a serial number that will tie in with the certificate, copies are also usually held by manufacturers and can be traced using the serial number.

Lifting Equipment inspection has become a growing topic in todays market as health and safety laws are tightened and risk is reduced companies are treating inspection and maintenance very seriously in order to secure the safety of their employees.

For more information on Lifting Equipment and inspection please visit Lifting Equipment Store.

Hoist Repair Service

Our hoist repair service is second to none, with Ex stock of many hoist components and direct links with manufacturers we are sure to get you back into production quicker.

The Four Simple Steps:

  1. Contact our service department to arrange the collection of your hoist.
  2. Once at our works your hoist will assessed and a repair estimate is given.
  3. Payment can be taken by credit or debit card (and on account in some instances)
  4. Hoist Packaged & Returned to yourself fully operational.

The hoist repair service from Lifting Equipment Store; Simple, Practical, Affordable.

Gis Hoist in for repair

Gis Hoist in for repair

For more information on our Hoist Repair Service please contact a member of the sales team.

How often do you lubricate your tackle?

It’s not what you were thinking, I’m talking about Lifting Tackle! This article explains how to correctly lubricate a chain block load chain.

The most common cause of rust and wear; Incorrect lubrication…

One of the most common problems that I see when people return chain blocks after a short time period is a dry load chain. A dry load chain that has been neglected from lubrication can cause more problems than most will imagine such as rusting and weakening of the load chain and internal components such as the chain guide and chain wheel causing avoidable replacements of vital components or worse, a new chain block, this could put you out of time and money and probably less than £3 could save you all the hassle.

Signs of incorrect or lack of lubrication can be creaking of the load chain when it is running over the lift wheel. In fact what you are really hearing is the load chain wearing its self out every time you use the hoist by friction welding the chain links together and breaking the weld due to the lack of lubricant between links.

Rusty Load Chain

Lubricate before it’s too late! The early signs of a neglected load chain.

types of lubrication; there are many different kinds on the market, many manufacturers will suggest alternative products to suit their chain blocks. The key is to ensure your lubricant contains an “EP” additive to make the lube suitable for extreme pressure. Without EP you will be unable to keep lubricant between links under full load.

Ideal methods of lubrication can vary from rigger to rigger however my chosen method is to drop the whole load chain into a bucket and pour over the lubricant (no need to have the chain swimming in it, just enough to evenly cover). Move the chain around to work the lubricant in between every link. Some people like to spray it straight on while the block is hanging upright but that doesn’t always get between all the links. After applying the lubricant hang the block upright and let it drip dry, save as much lubricant as you can and use it on your next block. Take a rag and remove any excess oil, when the block is upright hanging you will be unable to remove oil from between the links with this process.

Correct lubrication of the load chain on every chain block is necessary to prolong the life of your chain block for years as opposed to months, especially when used outdoors.

I hope this article has been beneficial to many and will help you keep your equipment in safe working order saving you time and money…something for free! Please follow the links to view products for sale.

To a good weekend and the success of Lifting Equipment Store

If you have been following our blog you might be wondering when the next discussion is coming, it is on its way, its been a busy couple of weeks and we have had a successful end to the month, Lifting Equipment Store is 90% there on the design front, we have just yet to integrate card payments (waiting for the banks) and many more products to add, but that will never end…


The site has been a development over the last eleven months, i began working for Crane Handling back in September where i saw an opportunity for web development on and the new online store. After a few months of design and sleepless nights at work (yes i really did) Lifting Equipment Store was born, trading as part of Kingsway Corporation the Lifting Equipment Store is run by myself as manager of Crane Handling and Kingsway Corporation. Our sales staff know their industry, with several members having over 30 years experience in the industry they are sure to accomodate your needs.

Our first months sales provided me with the inspiration to struggle on and keep developing, we are now in to our third month of online sales and things are only looking up.

Customers find our product information relevant and unique, the ability to write and read reviews from past customers we have found often raises to confidence of our perspective buyers. Our store is ever growing, if there is anything you think that we could do to make it better please feel confident to comment here and we will do our best.


Thanks for taking the time to read our blog, please check out for all you lifting equipment requirements from hoists to cranes.

I wish all of my readers a great weekend…



Electric Chain Hoists and Stage Rigging

Safety should never ever be compromised when it comes to lifting, but when it comes to lifting in areas where the load is positioned over members of the public’s heads then safety is a majorly high priority. Lifting regulations state that hoists must be rated to perform lifts above people to ensure the loads could not fall and cause the un-thinkable. These hoists maybe far from cheap but what really are you getting for your money? Probably not a Imagelot more than a few modifications to the slipping clutch etc. and re-assurance to the mind, this can be in some peoples eyes a waste of money, but without using the correct hoist you are breaking the law and if the load/ hoist lands on someones head then the responsibility lands on yours, and this is never something you want to deal with.

The Verlinde Stagemaker inverted (upside down) hoists where the motor is hooked to the load and the hoist climbs the load chain in order to reach its highest point, this hoist is said to be a great piece of kit and it can be controlled in a number of ways such as direct control or low voltage control using external control units or via low voltage pendant controls sometimes referred to as a pickle.

All in all if you are operating loads over heads of people then the correct equipment should be used, you should never take the risk of using equipment that is not rated for the purpose of application. To find out more on electric chain hoists visit Lifting Equipment Store.