Welcome to The Hoist Guy's Blog, where our resident Hoist Guy, Andrew T. Litecky, shares his knowledge and experience of many years in the overhead material handling industry.
What is the toughest duty for a hoist? The most punishing conditions a hoist can endure are not through usage but while hanging outside. Ice, snow, rain and condensation fill every cavity possible. Motors, limit switches, pendants, and control enclosures fill with water and corrode. Electrical components short-circuit. Hoists left in the weather, unprotected are headed for equipment failure.
Shupper-Brickle provides an economical and effective way to protect an outside hoist from the negative effects of the weather. The Shupper-Brickle Hoist Shelter is built with a galvanized steel frame and roof, eye bolts at the peak of the roof for installation, and heavy duty clamps to attach the shelter to the top flange of the beam. The roof is engineered to minimize the force of wind in any direction and dock seal strips hang down along the perimeter of the frame to add more protection in case of wind-driven weather elements.
Each Hoist Shelter is custom-made for the hoist it will protect, and the cost is based on the size of the hoist to be protected. For smaller hoists, such as a 1-Ton CM Lodestar Model L or Coffing EC1, the cost of a Hoist Shelter begins at $2,500, and for larger hoists such as a Yale Cable King or Acco Work Rated, the cost range starts at $7,500 and up. However, this should be compared with the costs of repair for hoist stored outdoors, which can easily total one third of the original cost or more.
Here are some recent examples from our repair shop:
Original cost of a 5-Ton wire rope hoist purchased in 2016: $25,000
Cost to repair the hoist after 3 years of outdoor storage:
Repair Parts: $8,000
Shipping cost to/from repair workshop: $1,000
Total Repair Cost: $12,000
Original cost of a 1-Ton electric chain hoist purchased in 2015: $4,000
Cost to Repair it after 4 years of outdoor storage:
Shipping cost to/from repair workshop: $150
Total Repair Cost: $2,450
Hoists left outside will mostly certainly break down and eventually fail. It’s not a question of “if” but “when” it will happen. Hoist buyers can save their operation thousands in the long run by protecting their equipment with a Hoist Shelter by Shupper-Brickle Equipment.
Contact us for more information or a free estimate on a Hoist Shelter.
Since 1969, Shupper-Brickle Equipment has supplied bridge cranes, hoists, and overhead material handling equipment to the Mid-Atlantic States and worldwide. We sell to end-users, resellers, and Engineering firms. Our Service Department provides hoist repairs, crane repairs, OSHA inspections, Preventative Maintenance, and Operator Training.