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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
Hoist Model:  Columbia HC1500-1A25-L-11 AC Electric Hoist
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 raises and lowers the house on its mast for service throughout the year. The hoist is powered by a 3/4 horsepower washdown-duty-rated motor equipped for outdoor use. The hoist is treated with an epoxy overcoat and stainless steel fasteners to ensure protection from the elements and corrosion from moisture.

The maintenance hoist uses a NEMA 4X rated handheld pendant with UP/DOWN momentary contacts. The pendant and lead can be disconnected from the enclosure and stored when not in use for safety and security. When power is not available, the houses can be raised and lowered by a manual override crank incorporated into the hoist’s gear end. 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).

For more information about Purple Martin Conservation, visit here.

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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