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Understanding the Winch Hoist Davit Arm
When looking at a winch hoist solution it is ideal to fully understand the pressure or force you are trying to exert. Some people use these terms interchangeably, but there is a difference between the two, and it's important to understand that difference before you decide which options are best suited to your line of work and the task you want to complete. When you know the difference you can be sure that you are getting the right tool for the job, and if you are not sure then our team is standing by to run you through the differences. We can assist you and guide you towards the most ideal solutions on offer from our range.
Lift VS Pull
Winches are designed to pull loads horizontally across a relatively level surface, whereas hoists can be used to lift loads vertically and suspend them in mid-air. These have specific roles which allow you to maneuver objects around a space with ease. See in many industries from construction to window washing and event rescue procedures, these handy devices ensure that you can get your load to where you need it to be on site. While there are combination elements to be purchased, the main functions of these systems must be understood so you can ensure your purchase will get the job done right.
Are They Interchangeable?
For the most part, these devices are not interchangeable and are suited to their specific tasks of bearing weight in a specific way. It is not considered safe practice to use a standard winch to lift loads up off the ground. These tools are usually designed to complete a pulling task along a horizontal plane, which means there is a large risk of a winching load dropping as it puts direct vertical weight on the drive means for flat pulling. One of the key differences between these two motions and the related devices lies in their braking systems which also play a massive role in the safety of workers and equipment. Winching will usually make use of dynamic brakes that are specifically designed to support rolling loads, but are seldom equipped to handle the sudden need to lift deadweight vertically. The gears of a dynamic braking system automatically lock when pulling a load, but lifting a weight vertically can overwhelm the strength of this system, causing the load to fall downward, as well as potentially cause massive harm to the operating system. Hoists on the other hand use mechanical brakes that are specifically designed to lock and support a deadweight load that needs to move up a vertical angle. This system is far better suited to vertical lifting and most models are fitted with load limiters to prevent you from attempting to lift a weight that exceeds the actual working load limit.
However, there is some overlap as certain winching products are designed to double up as a hoisting system. These are specially designed solutions that have been tested as a dual system and passed. They rely on increased break and line management abilities to ensure that any sudden weight shift can be managed ideally without causing issues. These useful systems may cost more than the simpler options but allow you to rely on a single system rather than having to find the right one for the job at hand. The ideal way to ensure peace of mind on-site, knowing that you can manage the task whether flat surface, steep hill, or vertical drop.
When you need to find the best winch and hoist systems available be sure to speak to our professional team. We can run through your needs and requirements, as well as what your task will require. With expert advice, you can invest in the most ideal solution for your needs. Contact us today to find out more about these devices.