Columbia Stage Hoist System Solves Theater Rigging Issues

Columbia Stage Hoist System Solves Theater Rigging Issues

Application: Columbia stage hoist for setting and striking theater props and lights
Customer: Entertainment Industry Distributor
Location: Hollywood, California
Model number:  Columbia HG500 “Stage Hoist System”
Line Pull: 500 pounds
Line Speed: Up to 56 feet per minute
Wire Rope Capacity: 220 feet x 3/8″ diameter synthetic line
Power Source: 230 VAC / Single Phase / 60 Hz
Special Features: Custom stage hoist package designed specifically for theater use

Why APPI:  Overhead hoists are ubiquitous in the entertainment industry but the challenge we were given was to design a low profile, roll around, self-contained stage hoist with a capacity of 500 pounds that could be easily positioned and rigged to pull in any direction above it.

The key to the success of the final product is one of our AutoAdvance Line Spoolers that is aligned with vertical, conical fairlead to allow for any angle of overhead pull.  A major benefit of this feature is that a series of lifts can be made in different locations without moving the hoist.

Equipped with one of our HG500-2A17-L-03 Columbia hoists, the system features a proportional joy stick that is connected to a variable frequency drive.  With it, an operator can move from stop to full speed and back to stop again with precise control over the load – whether lifting or lowering.

With 220 feet of 3/8” diameter synthetic line on the drum and the ability to be towed – even through narrow doorways – our HG500-2A17-L-03 stage hoist is quicker than Captain America to solve rigging problems.

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