Both wire rope hoists wire rope hoists and chain hoists are robust lifting appliances that are widely used across numerous industry sectors in a variety of lifting applications. Wire rope hoists have higher lifting capacities and our range of Eurobloc VT electric wire rope hoists are able to lift up to 250 tonnes, compared with 10 tonnes from our electric chain hoists and 50 tonnes from our manual chain hoists. The greater lifting capacity is one of the factors that makes wire rope hoists a more expensive option compared with a chain hoist, but there are other things to consider when trying to decide whether a wire rope hoist or a chain hoist would be better suited to your operation.
Wire rope is most commonly made from galvanised steel, with stainless steel available as an option, and is constructed by twisting several wires together to form sturdy strands which are then twisted around each other in a helix fashion. These strands are wrapped around a central core, commonly made from fibre, with a resulting product which is strong and highly reliable.
The chains are usually made using steel or zinc plated metal and they work in a similar way to rope, with the difference being that rather several strands being wrapped together, a chain hoist features chains linked together and is fed through hooks with safety catches.