Indicators of Required Maintenance for Your Hoist

Floor hoists are commonly used by individuals with disabilities to assist with their mobility. They are a favoured option in group homes and private residences due to their portability and user-friendly features.

Similar to all of our equipment, it is important to regularly maintain our patient lifting hoists to ensure their optimal and smooth operation. Neglecting regular maintenance can lead to unexpected breakdowns, causing inconvenience and distress for the users.

There are indicators that can be observed to determine if a hoist is beginning to show signs of wear and tear.

Mobile Device
The hoist's handset is a vital component as it is responsible for its movement.

Typically, problems with hoists originate from the handset; if the hoist does not respond to commands from the handset, it could indicate a faulty handset that requires replacement.

Moreover, in case the handset is broken, harmed, or exhibits indications of physical strain, it may indicate internal damage as well. Thus, it is advisable to get it replaced immediately upon suspecting any damage.

Furthermore, ensure that the cord connecting the handset to the hoist is in proper condition, with no signs of stretching or visible wires.

Component that causes action
It is crucial for the unit to smoothly and effortlessly move in both upward and downward directions. Any indication of ticking, grinding, or other unusual noises could be an early indication of a possible malfunction.

Furthermore, when inspecting the hoist, ensure it is undamaged, and that the unit has the ability to move without obstruction. Lastly, ensure that all pins, bolts, and clips are in proper working condition.

Legs Base
Before using the hoist, it is important to test the base legs and ensure that they have full range of movement and can securely lock in both open and closed positions.

Additionally, make sure that all bolts in the base legs are present and tightened. If any cracks or bends are observed in the legs, mast, or boom, do not operate the hoist and contact our expert team.

Rolling Wheels
The use of castors also requires proper movement. It is important to ensure that they can rotate and pivot freely, but when the brake is applied, they should not be able to turn and prevent the hoist from moving. After releasing the brake, it is necessary to test if the hoist can be moved smoothly without any strange noises or obstructions.

In case the hoist is not functioning properly or you have doubts about its condition, our team of experts can help. They possess comprehensive knowledge about our hoists and can provide you with the necessary support to resume movement in the event of a breakdown.

Moreover, if significant repairs are necessary, we have a fully equipped workshop where our team can promptly fix the hoist and have it operational again.

If you haven't had your equipment serviced recently, please contact our expert team at LiftAbility to book your service in today.