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Maintenance Hoist for Purple Martin Bird Colony

Maintenance Hoist for Purple Martin Bird Colony

Application: AC Electric Hoist used as a maintenance hoist to position a purple martin bird house for service and maintenance.
Customer: Gordy’s Machine & Tool
Location: Fairfield, IL
Line Pull: 1,500 pounds on the first layer
Line Speed: 11.2 feet per minute on the first layer
Wire Rope Capacity: 99 feet X 3/16″ wire rope
Power Source: 115 VAC / Single Phase / 60 Hz
Special Features: Gear-end manual override, disconnect for pendant, aluminum base plate, cable tension plate

Maintenance Hoist  Maintenance Hoist

Why  APPI: Attracting a colony of purple martins, the largest North American swallow, to share your home is no small task.  So when Gordy’s Machine & Tool in Fairfield, IL was contracted to build a series of martin bird colonies, they contacted Allied Power Products, Inc. for assistance with their hoist system.

With the average martin house sitting upwards of 20 feet in the air, the Columbia HC1500-1A25-L-11 AC Electric Hoist is used to raise and lower the house on its mast for service throughout the year.  Equipped for outdoor use, the hoist is powered by a 3/4 horsepower washdown-duty rated motor.   To ensure protection from the elements and corrosion from moisture the hoist is treated with an epoxy overcoat and stainless steel fasteners.

The maintenance hoist is controlled by NEMA 4X rated handheld pendant with UP/DOWN momentary contacts.  For safety and security, the pendant and lead can be disconnected from the enclosure and stored when not in use.  When power is not available the houses can be raised and lowered by a manual override crank that is incorporated into the gear end of the hoist.  An aluminum base plate was included for ease of installation and a cable tension plate is equipped to help prevent bird-nesting (of the wire rope).

Please contact us if you would like more information about this particular maintenance hoist 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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