Category: Hoists – Manual

Chester Hoist Develops Hand Chain Hoist for Demanding Customer Application

Chester Hoist Develops Hand Chain Hoist for Demanding Customer Application

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Chester Hoist, a Columbus McKinnon brand, specializes in the design and manufacture of high-quality, custom-made hoists for unique and challenging applications. So, when our customer came to us with a special need for a hand chain hoist to raise and move large rolls, Chester Hoist was put to the task.

The customer had a long list of specific requirements that the hoist needed to meet. Requirements included:

  • 4-point pickup hand chain hoist with an incorporated hand geared trolley to run inside of 5” channels
  • Hook spacing that had to be 12” perpendicular to the runway and spaced to accommodate the 12” diameter roll parallel to the runway
  • 42” hand wheel extensions on the trolley and hoist mechanism
  • The ability to time all four hooks to raise simultaneously
  • Chain containers
  • 13” maximum headroom

To meet these requirements, our Chester Hoist engineering team started with a standard 4-plate low head and severely modified the unit. The real challenge the team faced was coming up with suitable hook spacing and to run the hooks in opposite directions with a single hoist mechanism.

Chester Hoist application

The trolley and hoist hand wheels were mounted on a separate support trolley located 30.5” outside the hoist trolley channels.

Special gearing and sheave arrangements were added to the modified low-headroom hoist. Because of low operating height, the customer also required special guards over the gearing. The Chester team fabricated special shields to fit between the outboard and inboard side plates to guard the gearing arrangement.

To achieve the 13” headroom within the compact design, a special roller chain trolley drive was incorporated into the unit.

When the custom engineering was complete, the team provided the customer with a hoist that met all of their requirements and could be used to raise and move large rolls for their application.

Chester Hoist specializes in developing specially engineered products for unique applications ranging from low headroom manual hoists for military applications to spark-resistant hoist and trolley combinations for use on offshore oil platforms. Let us know how we can help you with your application!

 

Joe Runyon
Joe Runyon is a Vertical Market Specialist for Oil & Gas at Columbus McKinnon Corporation.
CM Cyclone is Hoist of Choice for Chimney Construction Project

CM Cyclone is Hoist of Choice for Chimney Construction Project

At Columbus McKinnon, we always enjoy seeing how our products are used in the industries we serve.  So when this application photo (above) from a construction site featuring our products crossed our path, we had to share it. This photo shows 70 of our CM Cyclone hand chain hoists being used for the construction of a reinforced concrete chimney in South Carolina.

The project, completed by Commonwealth Dynamics for Santee Cooper’s Winyah Station, involved a jumpform method of construction that utilized CM Cyclones to lift concrete forms as each section of concrete was poured. Santee Cooper, South Carolina’s largest power producer, built the chimney for a wet flue gas desulphurization (Wet FGD) system. The chimney, which took more than 16 months to complete, measures 407 ft. tall and is 60 ft. in diameter.

Why was the CM Cyclone the best choice for this project?
The Cyclone, which is made in America, is ideal for long lift applications with complex hoist configurations. As you can see from the photo, the chimney construction did not involve a typical hoist setup, but instead required numerous hoists in various positions and angles to lift concrete in a uniform manner.

The CM Cyclone is also built for heavy usage and high efficiency operation, which this project required, as well as applications that require easy inspection and low maintenance.  The Cyclone is part of our comprehensive portfolio of manual hoists that include the CM Hurricane 360 and the CM Bandit ratchet lever hoist.

Cyclone Training
If you are interested in learning more about our Cyclone hand chain hoist, take a look at our recent Safety Webinar featuring maintenance tips for our CM Cyclone & 640 Puller. The webinar walks you through setting a load limiter on the CM Cyclone and and retrofitting and setting a load limiter on the CM 640 Puller.

 

Gisela Clark
Gisela Clark is an eMarketing Specialist for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.
CM launches the Bandit – our lightest and most compact ratchet lever hoist ever

CM launches the Bandit – our lightest and most compact ratchet lever hoist ever

Bandit-BlogColumbus McKinnon is very excited to introduce its newest product, the CM Bandit 3/4 and 1-1/2 ton ratchet lever hoist, to the Canadian marketplace. The CM Bandit is loaded with Bandit-imagefeatures and benefits that will make it one of the most versatile hoists on the market today.

What makes the CM Bandit so great?
We listened to our customers and took the time to fully understand what they needed from a ratchet lever hoist. With that in mind, we designed the CM Bandit to be lightweight and compact for easy portability and use in confined spaces. We also included features like easy free chaining, a 360°rotating handle and bolted-on hooks with wide throat openings for ease of use.

As always, we kept user safety in mind. The Bandit has a screwed-on, comfort-fit rubber grip to prevent slippage; forged safety latches on the upper and lower hooks for positive and secure load engagement; double reduction gearing for lower handle effort; an enclosed Weston style break to prevent contaminants from entering; and an optional load limiter to help prevent overloading of the hoist. It also includes 100% load-tested, zinc-plated chain and parts for corrosion resistance.

Bandit-HMIWe are proud to say that the Bandit is the world’s first ratchet lever hoist to be HMI-Certified. This means that Columbus McKinnon and the Bandit has met strict HMI requirements,  including a Declaration of Conformity for technical, service and support.

We are very excited to bring this new product to our customers, knowing it addresses all of their ratchet lever hoist needs. To learn more about the CM Bandit, check out our product videos available on Youtube. These videos explain how the product works and show you all the features in action.

Our videos include:

Coming Soon to the USA
For those of you in the U.S. stay tuned. We’ll be launching the CM Bandit here in America on October 17. Check back closer to our launch date for more information.

Tim Lewis
Tim Lewis is a Business Development Manager at Columbus McKinnon Corporation.
Webinar Teaches Inspection & Maintenance of CM Hurricane 360 & Short Handle Puller

Webinar Teaches Inspection & Maintenance of CM Hurricane 360 & Short Handle Puller

Do you want to learn how to inspect our new CM Hurricane 360 chain hoist?
Peter Cooke, our Training Manager for Rigging & Load Securement, will teach you how to properly disassemble, inspect and reassemble our popular CM Hurricane 360 hand chain hoist in our free Safety Webinar.  Peter will also walk you though how to set the brake on our CM Hurricane 360 and explain how it can handle your most challenging applications.

Do you have applications that call for drifting a load, standing above a load, or working in confined spaces?
Unlike traditional hand chain hoists, the Hurricane 360 may be used in any direction due to its patented hand chain cover. It rotates 360 degrees allowing a convenient way to move loads without standing under or near the load. The hoist allows for positioning, pulling and lifting of loads from virtually any angle – making it the only hoist of its kind in the industry.

If you have dealt with these tough conditions when operating a hoist, check out our above videos and see how well the Hurricane handles the job.

Plus, Learn How to Inspect a CM Short Handle Puller
During the webinar, Peter will also cover proper inspection techniques for our CM Short Handle Puller. This hoist has a similar brake, yet requires a different approach to set it than your typical Weston type brake. This mechanism was designed for precision positioning and is weatherized.

CM Hurricane 360˚and CM Short Handle Puller Safety Webinar

 

 

Gisela Clark
Gisela Clark is an eMarketing Specialist for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.
Benefits of the Short Handle CM Series 653

Benefits of the Short Handle CM Series 653

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Our customer asks: “Why did you develop a CM Series 653 ratchet lever hoist with a shorter handle? What are the advantages of the shorter handle?”

Answer:  We are continuously looking to improve existing products. The main reason why we redesigned our lever hoist with a shorter handle was to facilitate usage in confined spaces, a highly sought after feature. Other advantages offered by a shorter handle include:

  • Reduced weight of the overall hoist, making it even easier to carry and operate;
  • Allows the operator to take full advantage of the 360 degree rotating handle with less worry of obstructions;
  • Easier to fit and maneuver in confined spaces.

 

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Download a brochure of our 653 Lever Hoist to learn more about one of the most nimble hoists on the market today.

 

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Gisela Clark
Gisela Clark is an eMarketing Specialist for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.
Coffing and CM Ratchet Lever Hoists: Great Benefits and One-Handed Free Chaining

Coffing and CM Ratchet Lever Hoists: Great Benefits and One-Handed Free Chaining

Ratchet lever hoists by Columbus McKinnon have countless benefits. Their lightweight design makes them easy to handle and transport. Some are even small enough to fit into your lunch box! Lever hoists are an extremely adaptable tool that can be used for a variety of applications.  When you choose a hoist with one-handed free chaining feature, you have one of the easiest to use ratchet lever hoists on the market.

True One-Handed Free Chaining

Our Coffing LSB Lever Hoist and CM 653 Lever Hoist features true one-handed free chaining. This feature allows tslack chain to be pulled in either direction for easy chain adjustment or connection to the load. The LSB and 653 lever hoists have a neutral position that allows smooth free chaining with just one hand while the hoist is in a vertical or horizontal position and not under load. Many competitive hoists require you to hold the chain while re-engaging the mechanism, forcing you to use both hands. The Coffing LSB and CM Series 653 offer TRUE one-handed free chaining operation which makes it easier for you to get the job done.

If the hoist is under load and the lever is put into the free-chain, or neutral position, the load will not lower, which is an ASME requirement.  All Columbus McKinnon hoists made for the US and Canada meet ASME standards.

The Coffing LSB and CM Series 653 capacities range from 3/4 to 6 tons, with 5, 10, 15 and 20-foot standard lifts. We have just published a video which explains the free chaining of our Coffing LSB lever hoist in more detail. Take a look and let us know what you think!

Tim Lewis
Tim Lewis is a Business Development Manager at Columbus McKinnon Corporation.
Hoist’s 360 Degree Rotation Tackles the Most Challenging Applications

Hoist’s 360 Degree Rotation Tackles the Most Challenging Applications

Columbus McKinnon is proud to announce its most versatile hand chain hoist yet; the CM Hurricane 360!  Unlike traditional hand chain hoists; the Hurricane 360 may be used in any direction due to its patented hand chain cover that rotates 360 degrees allowing a convenient way to move loads without standing under or near the load. The flexibility and productivity of the Hurricane 360 has been captured in video to showcase just what a little hoist with big muscles can do!

Have you ever dealt with these tough conditions when operating a hoist? Check out these videos and see how well the Hurricane handles the job.

 

This post was written by Joshua Karczewski, former Distributor Marketing & Product Launch Manager for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.

Solving tough Applications for More than a Century

Solving tough Applications for More than a Century

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Having some of the most recognized brands and products in the industry does not happen overnight. At Columbus McKinnon, users have relied on quality products and expertise for 135-years. From the days of horse and buggies to supplying key products for the aerospace industry, thousands of applications have utilized a Columbus McKinnon product for reliability. This ad for Budgit Electric Chain Hoists showcases features that were of utmost importance to users from small repair shops to farms decades ago.

With hoists, actuators, cranes, etc., installed all over the world, user stories arrive regularly. One of the most recent ones came to us from Bill Whittle of Riverside, Missouri. Bill was doing some cleaning for a friend and came upon this cover of a four-ton Cyclone Hoist dated 1905. He looked up Columbus McKinnon online and was soon swapping stories with Sharon Gallagher in our customer service department. Practically in pristine condition, the Cyclone cover arrived to our Amherst, New York, headquarters within days. No internal components, but that’s likely due to them still being in use today!

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This post was written by Rob Beightol, former Director of Marketing Communications for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.