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Hoisting Equipment Remains an Important Part of Material Handling Systems

October 7, 2008  |  Comments

Hoists are an essential part of any material handling system, but many people find them confusing to order. A Plus Warehouse, a national material handling dealer, can help with most all phases of your overhead material handling needs.

“Our expertise in hoisting and lifting starts at the loading dock,” said Ed Stairman, president of A Plus Warehouse. “Trucks are held in place with our wheel chocks, and are then unloaded using our dock plates and dock boards. From this point a conveyor or hand truck can move the items into the warehouse where they are then picked up by a chain hoist , and then stored in our shelving or industrial racks.” 
Hoists come in two options: hand chain hoists or electric hoists. Hand hoists tend to require a lot of effort to lift, or it takes a lot of hand motion to produce a small amount of lift. A Plus Warehouse suggests powered hoists for capacities over 2000 pounds.

“An electric hoist may seem like a daunting item to order, but we make it easy,” said Stairman. “We show electric hoists in single and three phase arrangements to match the power supplied at your plant. Where ever possible, we suggest three phase, as there is much less current drawn than single phase, allowing the motor to run cooler and last longer. Single phase is available for electric hoists, but capacity is limited. We also offer constant speed as well as dual speed for your convenience.”

Other material handling equipment you may need to order for your hoist includes trolleys, gantry or jib cranes and hook devices. These are exceptionally easy to order and A Plus Warehouse will not let you order an item that is not compatible with your hoist order. Their sales people are highly trained, and ready to help with any questions you may have regarding your order.

For more information on hoists from A Plus Warehouse, call 800-209-8798, view our hoists video or visit

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