These hoist types need a large volume of compressed air for operation. They are most useful for tasks that need long lifts or high duty cycles. They’re also useful in areas where an electric chain hoist is impractical. Air motors are effective at self-cooling, providing almost limitless run time potential.
Unlike electric chain hoists, pneumatic hoists don’t run the risk of electrical arcing. As such, you can use them in hazardous areas containing dust, or even flammable gases. A downside is that air hoists are much louder when operating. This is especially true when compared to electric or manual hoists.
Electric hoists are often less expensive to buy than pneumatic hoists. They don’t need you to buy and install an air compressor. And, they are usually quieter than air hoists to operate. When electrical power is available, electric hoists get used more often than pneumatic. This holds true for general lifting applications, as well. You can also equip an electric chain hoist accordingly for the application. E.g., special motors and controls make them suitable for use in hazardous areas and the like.
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