However, like most things there are cheaper markets and it’s important with lifting equipment to ensure your own and your workers safety. To ensure you are purchasing the best used electric hoist for your use, you should not only look for the best price but you will need to consider that it complies with the British safety standards, that it is C.E marked and has with it the original manual. All lifting equipment have individual safety guidelines which should be followed at all times. It also important that you buy it from a reputable company that you can speak to if you find any possible flaws and that it is used only by experienced and trained staff.
As with new lifting equipment, you should maintain all safety checks in exactly the same manner – periodic, frequently and before use, you should be certain that your loads are the correct capacity therefore making sure that the tag is still readable on purchase and once purchased you should store correctly and away from corrosive substances.
In addition and prior to your purchase, you will need to check that the hoist is in good working order and makes no unusual sounds or movements and that there are no missing parts, small or large.
Here are a few recommended Initial checks before purchasing;
- The cable or chain extends fully and safely
- All leads are connected fully
- there are no fluid leaks and grease isn’t clogging anywhere
- None of the components show signs of stress or wear
- If a mobile hoist or standing, that the base adjustment moves freely
- the lowering and raising mechanisms works okay
- the Ratchet mechanism work properly
- And that all L.O.L..E.R checks are up to date
Good quality used electric hoists will still be reliable and durable with a long life time. They will save you time, risk of injury lifting heavy or even light but awkward shaped loads that could cause injury thus creating a loss of money through more sick time off. They are efficient lifting what can often take the time of several workers to manoeuvre and will do so much quicker.
They are often high impact and resistant with the increased safety of an adjustable slip clutch. They are also usually easy to maintain with parts being quick and easy to replace and spot during periodic checks – therefore increasing the time they are available for use.