Columbia High Lift Hoist System Provides Alternative To A Tower Crane

Columbia High Lift Hoist System Provides Alternative To A Tower Crane

Application:  Rooftop High Lift Hoist System
Customer:  Crystal Services
Location:  Indus, Alberta, Canada
Hoist Model:  Columbia HL7000-4A17-L-04
Load rating:  7,400 pounds on the first layer
Line Speed:  21 feet per minute on the first layer
Wire Rope Capacity:  957 feet X ½” diameter wire rope
Power source:  460 VAC / Three Phase / 60 Hz
Special features:  NEMA 4X control enclosure with variable frequency drive, NEMA 4X 15’ hand held pendant controls with speed potentiometer and UP/DOWN momentary buttons, AutoAdvance Line Spooler with inverted orientation for ceiling mount, nylatron sheaves for ½” wire rope, large cable capacity drum for 670’ of ½” wire rope.

Why APPI:  Tower cranes provide an efficient material handling solution for high-lift applications on long duration projects such as new construction and major renovation projects.  The high cost associated with renting and setting up a tower crane, or a mobile crane when building heights would allow their use, makes them prohibitively expensive for smaller projects.

Crystal Services, a leading industrial rigging company in Alberta, Canada, turned to APPI while researching for an alternative to the high cost of using a tower crane for high-lift applications.  They required a high lift hoist system that could be transported to the top of a building freight elevators that would not sacrifice capacity or speed to ensure their projects came in on time and budget.

Working closely with Crystal Services Operations Manager, Cam Moody, it was determined one of our Columbia HL7000-4A17-L-04 AC electric hoists would meet their performance requirements.  By adding one of our proprietary AutoAdvance Line Spoolers – installed in an inverted position –  proper line spooling, even with minimal fleet angle, was ensured.

Cam indicated that this high lift hoist system has worked so well as an alternative to using a tower crane they are expanding their business and will be adding additional systems in the near future.

Please contact us if you would like more information about this particular high lift hoist system or any of our other products and services.


Allied Power Products, Inc. has specialized in providing winches, hoists, capstans and cranes to meet our customers’ specific application requirements for more than 30 years.

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