The True Meaning of the Name “Lodestar”

The True Meaning of the Name “Lodestar”


Our entertainment trainer, Dave Carmack, travels the world to teach and share important information about entertainment rigging and hoisting safety. At the end of his classes, he likes to stump his students with this question: “Can you tell me why we spell our hoist, LODESTAR, instead of LOADSTAR?”

Dave was asked this question many years ago by a student, which prompted him to do some research. Reaching out to Columbus McKinnon engineers, Dave finally found the answer.

“Lodestar” is defined as a guiding star. In 1955, when the first industrial Lodestar was introduced, many of our hoists had galactic names like Meteor, Satellite, and Comet. It was the first of many unique products that Columbus McKinnon brought to the material handling industry, which also included aluminum hoist frames, the Weston-Type brake, and the first alloy chain.
In a recent CM-ET class, Jamie, a CMCO training course attendee from Canton, Michigan wrote this answer:

“A Lodestar is one that serves as an inspiration, model or guide. The Lodestar hoist was engineered and designed to be a leader and model in the entertainment industry.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

Want to learn more about entertainment motors? In case you missed it, here is a link to the recording for the session noted below. This is one you won’t want to miss!


Gisela Clark

Gisela Clark is an eMarketing Specialist for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.

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7 Replies to “The True Meaning of the Name “Lodestar””

  1. Hello Rick,

    I just checked and if this unit were purchased NEW today, the List Price would be $2819.00 USD. Of course a used unit won’t carry the same value as a new one, but hopefully this gives you a point of reference! Thanks for writing us!


  2. I have come by a CM Hoist-McKinnon, Corp. N.Y.- Lodestar electric hoist, model F, 1/2 ton, 1/2 HP, 7.5 AMP, 110-120/1/60, speed 16ft. per minute. I was wondering what the value of this unit would be. Works perfectly.
    Thank You.

  3. Hello!
    We will need to know more information before we can provide you pricing. Look for an email from us shortly.

    Thank you for your interest!

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