In Part 1 of our coverage of hoist servicing, we discussed the inspection process and the steps that our rigging department take to ensure your hoists are in top condition. Even though an annual inspection is performed to certify your hoists are in proper working order doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take care of your hoists every time you handle them. Maintaining your hoists will result in a longer lifespan and less repairs required when inspection rolls around.
Tips on Maintaining a Proper Hoist
Because many of our events occur outside, it’s important to be prepared for the often unpredictable, but unstoppable force called Mother Nature.
One way that you can protect your motor is using a weather cover during outdoor use. For any outdoor show, applying a weather cover to every motor is in your best interest, as it offers shielding from the elements. Here in NEPA, the weather is sometimes very unpredictable, with a rainstorm coming on suddenly and dissipating just as fast. Leaving an uncovered motor in a rainstorm will eventually lead to water damage and a myriad of potential problems with your hoist. We recommend weather covers for outdoor events, especially if the stage will be standing for multiple days.
A factor that is easy to overlook, the proper handling of your motor is another way to maintain a hoist. Mountain Productions offers handles that can be installed on any Lodestar that allows for easy, comfortable handling that also has your motor’s condition in mind. You should always pick up and handle your motor with care, and NEVER lift by the power or control cables.
During transportation, chain hoists should always be protected in flight cases. Mountain Productions carries ATA cases to store your motors during transit in a variety of capacities and colors. Without casing, your motors are vulnerable to scratches and damage to the chassis as well as internal damage. Storing your motors in cases helps you to not only protect, but to organize your equipment.
Finally, adequate chain lubrication is important to guarantee smooth operation of your motors. CM has put together a helpful article on proper chain lubrication that you can read here: http://blog.cmworks.com/the-3-most-asked-questions-from-our-cm-et-motor-hoist-schools/ CM’s blog has a wealth of knowledge on best rigging practices and product resources. It’s a must read blog that we recommend you subscribe to!
We’d love to hear your opinion on the subject of hoist maintenance and upkeep. If you have a trusted tip or advice on maintaining chain hoists, let us know and leave a comment!
If you have any questions about hoist servicing, or you would like to schedule your hoists for service, please call us at 570 826 5566.