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
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.
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.