A Buyer's Guide to Wind Energy Hoists

With wind energy as one of the fastest growing sectors of renewable energy technologies, Ace Industries distributes hoists specially modified for extreme long lifts and have been redesigned to create compact and rugged service hoists for the wind energy industry.

CM Lodestar and Shopstar Wind Edition have been remodeled specifically for use as a service and maintenance hoist for wind turbines. Both with designs to withstand the application and environment, can lift parts and equipment from the ground to the nacelle with no interruption and minimal chain vibration, CM says.

Coffing EC-HL Models are designed to exceed the requirements needed for the exceptional lifting ranges for Wind Turbine Maintenance. The EC-HL has a specially designed motor configuration that allows the unit to lift 100 percent of capacity at the extended run times needed to cover the height of the tower.

CM Lodestar Wind Turbine Hoists Features


  • Lift Heights Exceed 300 feet. Precision machined and hardened lift wheel reduces chain vibration. Zinc plated CM Alloy load chain.
  • Hoist Capacities: LodeStar 1/4 to 1 Ton Metric Rated (250 kg to 1,000 kg.) / ShopStar 550 lbs. (250 kg)
  • Hoist Standard Speeds: LodeStar single speed 32 fpm or 64 fpm standard. ShopStar 20 fpm standard.
  • Two-Speed is Optional: Small frame Lodestar hoist 32/10 fpm / Large frame Lodestar hoist 64/21 fpm. VFD is available.
  • Gear train lifetime lubricated with non-oxidizing grease -No oil leaks! Eliminates the need to drain and change the oil.
  • Overload protection: Prevents lifting more than rated capacity. Dual braking system with electro-dynamic braking eliminates heat generated.
  • Totally enclosed non-ventilated hoist frame protects motor from environmental contamination. NEMA 3R enclosure for LodeStar only. ShopStar NEMA 1 enclosure.
  • Hoist Top Suspension: Rigid Hook, Swivel Hook, Lug, and Integrated Low Headroom Plain Push Trolley or Motorized Trolley.
  • Hardened forged steel latch style lower hook rotates 360°. Lower hook has impact protection preventing tower damage during no load lifting and lowering.
  • Lifetime warranty. Made in the U.S.A. Parts are readily available.
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COFFING Wind Turbine Hoists Features


  • COFFING EC-HL “Wind Turbine” Models - Extended lift ability and duty service for high lift applications which require hoisting heights that can reach 300 feet.
  • LIFT HEIGHTS - Can exceed 300 feet of lift. Space Saving Chain Container Design.
  • CAPACITIES - Rated loads from 1/4 to 1 Ton
  • SPEEDS - 64, 32 and 16 feet per minute
  • VOLTAGE & MOTOR OPTIONS - 230-460/3/60 standard, and 208 and 575/3/60 optional
  • SUSPENSION OPTIONS - Lug mounted; Plain, Geared, and Motorized Trolley mounted
  • LOAD CHAIN - Zinc plated standard for corrosion resistance.
  • CONTROLS - NEMA 3R - 2 Button Pendant with Emergency Stop, 24v or 115v low voltage controls
  • STANDARD FREATURES - Over Load Clutch, Adjustable Upper and Lower Limit Switch, Multiple Disc Motor Brake, Motor Thermostat, Fused & Grounded Transformer
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In both models, heavy-duty motors are designed to allow for uninterrupted operation and longer life. The hoists also use both a load brake and electro-dynamic brake, which eliminates the heat generated by typical designs and increases the life of hoist parts. Lifetime grease lubrication eliminates the need to drain and change oil and provides superior protection to the gears, CM adds, and opening or disassembling the hoist for inspection or maintenance requires no special tools.

Why should you buy a Hoist from Ace Industries?

  • Best selection of hoists from all major manufacturers insures that you will get the best hoist for your application
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  • No labor charges for changes to lifts and most other normal modifications
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  • Ace satisfaction guarantee*

*Ace satisfaction guarantee: If you are dissatisfied with any item purchased from Ace, that is a normal stock item for Ace, you may return it for full refund or credit at any time within 10 days following shipment. Items must be returned prepaid, and a return goods authorization number must be issued by Ace and be included with the return. Returned items must be complete, undamaged and in new condition. Stock items modified by Ace to fit a particular application such as changing chain lift, are not covered by this satisfaction guarantee and are subject to a reasonable restocking charge.