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3 Key Benefits Of Electric Hoists

March 15, 2023

Electric hoists can be extremely useful in environments where heavy lifting is a requirement. After all, they offer far greater capacities that could be achieved from manual lifting devices, or if no lifting equipment is currently present. The systems are easy to install and operate, making them very popular, especially within manufacturing. 

But before purchasing an electric hoist, it’s good to consider the potential benefits your operations could reap to ensure you make the right purchase decision. Here are our 3 key benefits of electric hoists to guide you. 

What Is Material Handling?

Ease Of Lifting

The purpose of a hoist is to be able to lift an item without the user having to physically absorb the load. Instead, the user simply has to ensure the load has been safely connected and then use the electrical controls to determine where the load is lifted to. 

Compare this to trying to manually lift an item, particularly something which is large, heavy or both and having an electric hoist take the strain offers no comparison. Ease of lifting has a wide array of benefits since it will mean tasks can be completed quickly and with a far reduced chance of an injury occurring. Also, fewer personnel will be needed to assist or supervise the lift, since the machine does the work on their behalf. 

So, when it comes to aspects such as avoiding injury and reducing insurance claims not to mention improving employee job satisfaction, electric hoists help tick these boxes for any member of your team whose responsibilities involve lifting. 

jib crane hero from Metreel

Increase Lifting Capacity

When the lifting capacity increases, so do the potential for the business’s operations. As an example, the Stahl ST chain hoists we supply here at Metreel have a lifting capacity that starts at 125kg. 

The total capacity for electric hoists differs depending on the brand but is typically superior seen as they are designed for industrial environments. All of this means electric hoists not only lift incredibly heavy loads but offer unrivalled precision too, meaning the possibilities of your business become endless.   

Wall Crane 1000 Kg edited from Metreel

Hoists Are Cheaper Than Cranes

On average, electric hoists are cheaper than cranes. For any business that requires increased lifting capabilities, the cost can often be a barrier. But hoists offer another solution, without skimping on lifting capabilities. 

This means that hoists are more accessible, including to smaller businesses or startups. Without this option, the business could struggle to expand, and workers would be at increased risk of injury. 

Seen electric hoists are installed in a wide variety of environments including for personal projects or industrial settings alike, they provide a solution that easily meets the needs of users without having to fork out for extremely costly equipment. 

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Beam Trolley Mounted Electric Chain Hoist 1T.H03.2k edited from Metreel

Electric Hoists FAQ

We’ve answered some of the most common questions about electric hoists below. 

Don’t see your question? Skip to the end of this post to find out contact information, where one of our team would be more than happy to assist you. 

What Is An Electric Hoist?

An electric hoist is a mechanical device that is used for lifting and lowering materials. The system works using an electric motor and a controller, which in tandem control the hoist including its positioning and speed. 

How Does An Electric Hoist Work? 

As the name suggests, an electric hoist works using electricity rather than a manual hoist. The hoist is operated via a set of controllers, which offers precision lifting and lowering of the material. 

What Is The Difference Between A Hoist And A Winch?

This happens to be a very common question since both are involved in the material lifting process. Simply put, a winch is designed to pull a load horizontally, and it does so over a slight incline or a level surface. However, a hoist can lift heavy loads vertically, and it can also do so over steeper inclines, including inclines that are greater than 45 degrees. 

What To Consider When Buying An Electric Hoist?

We would highly recommend giving us a call so that we can determine the best electric hoist for your needs. That said, some of the top aspects to consider include the load weight, power supply, speed of lifts, frequency of lifts and the duty cycle. 

Electric Hoists UK – TER Electrical Hoist Controllers 

Metreel has partnered with some of the leading suppliers in the industry to offer a range of electric hoists, balancers and winches to meet the requirements of your project. We would be more than happy to work with your individual needs as a business to develop a complete package for all your electric hoist and lifting needs. 

If you would like to find out more about our products, or if you’re interested in any other of the services we provide, please give us a call on 0115 932 7010, or drop us an email

Alternatively, check out the Metreel Brochure to discover our full range of products and services.