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Pneumatic Chain Hoists

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Air Chain Hoist

TSOC represents several brands of air chain hoists from CM, Harrington, IR, JDN and Hadef. Air hoists range in capacity from 1/8 Ton to 100 Ton and are ideal for harsh environment applications. Some examples would be mines, power plants, cement plants, refineries and offshore drilling platforms.


A few reasons to pick a pneumatic chain hoist

  • 100% on time - Air motors are self cooling, and thus are suitable for an unlimited number of motor starts - requirement for heavy duty applications.
  • Explosive environment - there is no electrical arcing hazard to cause explosions in areas such as petrochemical facilities or paint booths. In addition to electrical arcing, friction sparks can also be of concern. TSOC can add spark-resistant protection including stainless steel hook latches, stainless steel chain modified load sprocket, bronze hooks, guide and stainless or anodized lower blocks. Keep in mind that stainless chain is not as durable or strong as standard chain, so care should be taken when applying stainless chain to a high duty cycle.
  • High ambient temperature - Because the motor is self cooling, the air operated chain hoist can function in high ambient temperature environments.
  • Spotting Control - Unless an electric hoist is purchased with variable frequency control, it will not have as accurate spotting control as a pneumatic hoist. An electric hoist will normally have an initial "jerk" when picking up a load, so a pneumatic hoist will typically lift the load more gently.
  • Lift Speed - pneumatic hoists generally lift loads at a faster rate of speed than an electric hoist.
Pneumatic hoists are ideally suited for the following industries:
Aircraft industry Paper Industry
Automotive industry Refineries
Cement Industry Vacuum Technology
Chemical Plants Atomic and Coal power stations
Crane Manufacturing Glass/Ceramics
Dairies Installations
Galvanization Sawmills
Large Kitchens Mining
Machine Shops Foundries
Maintenance shops Food Industry
Pharmaceutical Industry Oil storage
Printing Industry Shipyards and ship building
Rigging crews Super sack handling
Spray Booths Leather plants
Pneumatic Hoists vs. Electric Hoists
Air motor is self cooling Motor can overheat and cut off
Air motor will stall when overloaded Electric motor can burn up when overloaded
Can be higher maintenance because of air system N/A
Can be operated outdoors or in contaminated environments NEMA 1 standard
Change speeds with regulator Change speeds only with gear and/or motor change
Continuous duty 30-minute motors
Explosion proof at lower cost N/A
Fewer parts make hoist easier to repair More parts required can be difficult to repair
Higher duty cycle Limited to H3 or H4 service
Higher speeds Slower speeds from 8-64 fpm
More expensive to operate Cheaper to operate
Must have air available Single or three phase power is readily available
Needs lubrication N/A
Pendant or pull cord available Pendant only
Required by some industries N/A
Suitable for hazardous locations Non-hazardous locations only
Variable speeds (standard) 1 or 2 speeds (standard)

TSOC distributes Pneumatic Chain Hoists; serving clients from coast to coast, Canada, Mexico and especially focused in the states of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, Tennessee, Kentucky, Iowa, and Oklahoma.

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