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Hoisting systems are needed by the construction, mining, agricultural, transportation and manufacturing industries, as well as large retailers that must warehouse large amounts of products. The following list of terms might help you to understand the different types of manual and mechanized hoisting mechanisms:
Lift Wheel: A lift wheel, or wheel lift, is a component of a hoist. It is a drum around which a chain, cable or rope wraps. The lift wheel is then revolved either manually or electrically in order to wind the cord or lifting medium and thereby raise whatever material being lifted.
Pneumatic Device: A device that is powered by compressed air or other pressurized gasses. Lifting mechanisms are often powered by pneumatic or hydraulic systems.
Forklift: A mechanized vehicle that is outfitted with lifting prongs or levers for the purpose of lifting and transporting heavy objects relatively short distances.
Winch: A hoisting mechanism consisting of a rotating drum and wire, cable or chain that is powered either manually or by a mechanized device.
Gantry: A bridge-like structure typically made of steel that is used to stabilize heavy equipment such as cranes.
Trolley: A type of wheeled conveyance that typically features a basket with a pole or handle bar for steering. These are commonly used in railway stations and airports for the transportation of luggage.
Boom Lift: A type of lifting system used by public works technicians. It consists of a vehicle with a hydraulic lifting system attached to a platform (generally secured with safety railing) on which a worker can be lifted.
Wholesale hoist products, including chains, wires, ropes, engines, and cables can be found by looking on the Internet or in a local phone book. Air, lever, coffing, wire, rope, and cable hoists will all range in price depending on the company you buy from. If you're looking for a specific type of mobile, hydraulic, pneumatic, or power hoist you will want to call several companies and see if they have it available. If not they may be able to recommend you to somewhere that does or tell you about the products they do have that are similar to what you requested. Builders on construction sites will require dependable equipment in order to get their job done. If you only need the hoist or lift for a few days you may find that renting an overhead crane or auto hoist will cost you less. However, if you plan on needing the hoist for various projects it may work out that it's cheaper to buy one. Wholesale companies will have competitive prices on their electric and manual hoists. Shop around to see where the lower price comes from. Look at customer reviews on various models of electric, air, engine, and wire hoists. Used cable and chain hoists can give you even cheaper prices than the new models. Call several companies to ask about their products and to see how well their customer service department is. Compare prices and the service you received from each company to see who you would rather buy from. Ask about any warranty information in case any costly repairs are needed in the near future.