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A powered chain hoist — like this 2-ton model from Milwaukee — makes heavy lifting tasks around the shop easy.  Attach it to a rolling frame (or a shop crane) and you can pick up almost anything in the shop up to 10′ high at 8’/min.

Better yet, if you’ve got an overhead beam that can bear the weight, you’re set for life.  My father and I rented a shop space a number of years ago that had a single high-load-rated I-beam running down the middle of the shop.  A “car” rolled along it and featured a hook — on which we promptly hung one of these.  (It was a different brand, but you get the idea.)  I once loaded and unloaded a Bridgeport mill all by myself with it.

This model runs on either 115V or 230V and draws 16 amps at 115V.  It has a multiple-disc magnetic brake to hold your load, and you can adjust the upper and lower limit switches for your particular application/installation.  Operation is dirt simple: just push the rocker switch one way for up and the other way for down.

Street pricing starts around $1,650, but you’ll want to keep an eye on shipping costs if you order it as it weighs a little over 100 pounds.

2-Ton Electric Chain Hoist [Milwaukee]
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3 Responses to The Ultimate Shop Lifting Tool: An Electric Chain Hoist

  1. Waylan says:

    A number of years ago, I was doing some electrical work in a service garage for large farm equipment. Part of the job was wiring the controls for a few hoists that would make this little thing look like a child’s toy. In one bay, an I-beam extended from and rotated on a post (at least 3 feet in Dia.) in the corner. That was the small one! In the adjacent bay, a post was placed at each of the four corners. An I-beam ran between the posts on each side. Then a third I-beam was mounted on trucks which moved via electric drive up and down the length of the the bay on the first two I-beams. The hoist was mounted to a third truck, which moved from side to side, again via electric drive, along the third I-beam. Of course, we had to test (play) everything when we finished wiring it up. I’ve always wanted one for myself ever since.

  2. Last summer, I worked installing equipment that was stored in a warehouse with a crane like that. The long beams ran the entire length of the building (600 feet or so) and the short beam spanned the 40 or 50 feet between them. The crane was good for at least ten tons, it had a number on the side but I don’t remember. A number of times, I watched the warehouse guys unloading flatbed semis with it (our equipment shared the warehouse with a steel stock operation), mesmerized like a grade-schooler at a construction site.

    A rolling stand, or a serious overhead frame, is an absolute must. A few folks every year end up pulling their garages down on themselves, or doing serious joist damage, when they try to lift engine blocks and stuff with unreinforced mountings.

    WARN makes a lot of winches and hoists too (and I’m not entirely clear on the vocabulary distinction), and their site is pretty clear about the safety precautions: Never stand under the load (obviously), but also subtler stuff. It’s worth reading their “basic guide to winching technique” no matter whose gear you ultimately end up using.

  3. Lily says:

    I’ve seen several types of electric chain hoist, this type crane is different from what i saw before. this type is better, the design is more compact.

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