Balancers for Workstation Jib Cranes and Overhead Cranes

Hoist or Balancer? Let us help you decide.

Hoists and balancers are the muscle of lifting systems and are the most integral part of the system and choosing wisely for your needs will go a long way towards increasing production speed. That’s why we offer the most extensive line of hoists and air balancers of any provider in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and BC. We partner with several manufacturers to be able to offer the perfect solution for your exact needs – every time.

Balancers are commonly used for tool manipulation versus product handling. Tools, especially heavier drills, can cause operator fatigue after a long day of use. A balancer removes the lifting of the tool from the operator and allows them to focus on the task versus handling the tool.

Air or Spring Balancer: If you are manipulating a heavy tool often in your work cell, a balancer may be right for you. Balancers are designed to hold a specific weight item in a “floating” mode. If the load matches the balancer than the object doesn’t move unless directed to by the operator. If the load is heavier than what the balancer is rated for it sinks, if it’s lighter, it rises. Balancers are very good at making tools “lighter” (by removing the operator’s need to lift the tool) and make tools easier to manipulate. Air balancers use compressed air to power the lift while spring balancers use an internal spring to lift (or balance) the load. Watch this video to see a balancer in action with a heavy drill.

Checklist of Considerations

Here are some considerations when selecting a lifting device:

  • Capacity: The maximum weight it can handle,
  • Lift: How far are you moving the load,
  • Speed of the lift – how fast do you need to move the product,
  • Incoming power source and the control voltage,
  • Pendant control cable length or remote control capabilities needed,
  • Suspension: How is it suspended? How is the crane supported?
  • Type of trolley: Plain, geared or motorized,
  • Type of beam the hoist or air balancer will run on.


Use our vast product knowledge to your benefit
and let us help you select the right system for your job.

We are Canada’s leading supplier of high-performance lifting solutions and crane equipment, offering quick delivery and installation times backed by the industry’s best warranty. Contact us today to arrange a consultation, (204) 837 8367 or Toll Free at 1 888 317 8880.

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