CM Lodestar electric chain hoist

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1 ton entertainment hoist slung on a 12-inch (31 cm) box truss

The CM Lodestar is a brand of electric chain hoist designed, manufactured, and marketed by Columbus McKinnon Corporation. The first CM Lodestar was produced in 1955. The oldest known working CM Lodestar is a Model E serial number L-3150X, made in November 1955. It is owned by ZFX Inc. in Louisville, Kentucky. The oldest one in continuous use was installed in Murray Industrial Supply Company in February 1956. Mostly used in industrial applications, CM Lodestar has modified editions for stage rigging, cleanroom environments and wind turbines.[citation needed]

Columbus McKinnon Corporation manufactured the millionth CM Lodestar in 2006.[citation needed]

Entertainment division hoist technical information[edit]

Model Max. Capacity Lift Speed Lift Speed Motor H.P. Short. Dist. Between Hooks Max. Lift Dist.
B 1/4 Ton – 250 kg 16' @60Hz 4.06m @50Hz 1/4 (.19 kW) 14.25" (362 mm) 102' (31.1m)
C 1/4 Ton – 250 kg 32' @60Hz 8.13m @50Hz 1/2 (.37 kW) 14.25" (362 mm) 204' (62.2m)
F 1/2 Ton – 500 kg 16' @60Hz 4.06m @50Hz 1/2 (.37 kW) 14.25" (362 mm) 102' (31.1m)
J 1/2 Ton – 500 kg 32' @60Hz 8.13m @50Hz 1 (.75 kW) 15.56" (395.3 mm) 125' (38.1m)
L 1 Ton – 1000 kg 16' @60Hz 4.06m @50Hz 1 (.75 kW) 15.56" (395.3 mm) 125' (38.1m)
R 2 Ton – 2000 kg 8' @60Hz 2.03m @50Hz 1 (.75 kW) 22.5" (571.5 mm) 66' (20.1m)
LL 1 Ton – 1000 kg 32' @60Hz 8.13m @50Hz 2 (1.5 kW) 15.56" (395.3 mm) 254' (77.4m)
RR 2 Ton – 2000 kg 16' @60Hz 4.06m @50Hz 2 (1.5 kW) 22.81" (579.4 mm) 125' (38.1m)

Technical information[edit]

There are two types of CM Lodestars, single speed and two speed. Both CM Lodestars have rated capacities of 1/8 tons, 1/4 tons, 1/2 tons, 1 ton, 2 tons, and 3 tons; however, single speed can have 10, 15, and 20 feet lift, whereas the two speed CM Lodestar only has 10 feet lift.

CM Lodestars for wind turbines have more than 300 feet lift, qualifying it for being a long-lift hoist.

CM Lodestars meet ASME regulation B30.16.

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