A manufacturer or a construction professional has just added a new chain hoist to their capabilities. They can now lift three or more tons. The price was fair and expectations are high for a machine that can handle lofty tasks in the facility. But, one big question remains, and it is something that can go somewhat underappreciated. The chain hoist can handle incredible weight limits and it can do so without having completely exhausted the budget account. But, how fast can it do the weight lift?
The Virtue of Speed
The speed in which a chain hoist can lift may be just as important, if not more important, than the weight in which it can lift. The reason is that the speed is directly connected to efficiency. Take a chain hoist that excels in weight but is poor in speed. It can accomplish fantastic lifting feats, such as lifting four tons in a single maneuver.
Unfortunately, it takes nearly four hours to move it. In the meantime, the chain hoist is busy here and not being implemented elsewhere. Capabilities are spent overseeing the extended lift because no one can just leave that level of weight to its own devices. Resources are expelled in committing to such a large lift at such a slow pace. Another lift can work circles around this cumbersome and slow-moving lift. It always returns to the balance between weight and speed.
What is the standard in speed?
Buyers should try to find a nice balance between speed and weight lift capacity. A typical chain hoist may lift about 10 feet per minute. This is relatively standard, though some machines can lift 100 feet in a minute depending on the weight. Others are much slower and will advertise a lift speed of only about three feet a minute. It is always relative to the weight of the content. A one-ton item at five feet per minute is not unreasonable to expect.
Hoisting Equipment Specialists can highlight some of the best lifts on the market, and help manufacturers find the productive balance between working efficiently and working hard on big lifts.