I'm torn between an electric hoist or a chain hoist for my new home built jib crane. I already have the electric hoist that I use for lifting bales up and down from the hay loft and it works great for that but I like the idea of a chain hoist due to the fact that they give you an infinite amount of adjustment when it comes to getting an engine in place. The electric hoist has a tendency to bounce with a load when you start or stop. You also have to tap the controller repeatedly to get it where you want it. I know that it sounds like I've already made up my mind but wanted to run it past you guys with hoist experience. thanks, Steve
I think it comes down to how much you want to work at it .(& maybe time )
I might suffer with the bouncing ...
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Chain hoist. Use one for pulling and installing engines. Great with the small adjustment ability. And the bouncing could get a little dangerous if someone is helping you out and happens to hit the wrong button.
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For home or occasional use a chain hoist is pretty tough to beat and they're cheap these days too.
I worked in a Fork Truck shop where we had a five ton gantry crane over about a 30' X 200' area. You punched the buttons and it went anywhere and picked up almost anything we had under it. We used it a LOT and it would be difficult to imagine our work without it.
In a home shop OTOH, a chain hoist is reliable, you have plenty of control and it can be easily thrown up over a beam or something to get it out of the way.
A chain hoist would be really tough to beat for your needs unless you're using it on a full time basis.
The shop I'm working at now has an overhead trolley crane with a chainfall. It's fairly easy to use, and while it does involve more physical effort than pushing a button, it's tough and reliable.
Skip the HF one though. Find a good used Budgit or Coffin spur gear hoist, and you'll be miles ahead.
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