The balanced, integrated, proven design of the Lodestar has made it the most popular electric chain hoist in the industry. Lodestar gives you more value for your money including:

  • Quick change voltage board-change from low voltage to high voltage by simply repositioning receptacle
  • Up to 3 ton capacities for heavy-duty industrial applications
  • Gear train lifetime lubricated with non-oxidizing grease
  • Precision machined and hardened lift-wheel with hardened chain guides for precise chain liftwheel fit
  • Gearing designed for exceptionally long life and quiet operation
  • H4 duty standard
  • Rugged control station (NEMA 4X)
  • Hoist duty motor, standard Protector overload device and
  • standard screw type limit switches
  • Hardened, forged steel, latch type hooks and Hoistaloy load chain for long, dependable service
  • Easy to install and maintain
  • No special tools required to disassemble
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Each hoist thoroughly inspected and tested to over 125% of rated load prior to shipment
  • Meets ASME B30.16
  • Metric rated
  • Made in U.S.A.

Special applications

  • Harsh environment hoists available for severe duty of plating, galvanizing and washdown applications
  • Hoists with climbing capability available for temporary rigging or lifting applications — must be used in inverted position only
  • Hoists with creep control allow precise positioning through field adjustment within the time delay range of .05 sec. to 3 sec.
  • Articulating suspension 3 ton only

Lodestar with hook suspension


Lodestar with Series 635 motor driven trolley

Lodestar with Series 635 low headroom trolley


Chain Containers

CM’s chain bags offer an alternative to the standard metal chain container for use with Lodestar or Valustar electric chain hoists. Chain bags are made from an open weave vinyl coated polyester designed especially for extended outdoor life. Not recommended for applications over 300°F, in extremely caustic environments or for chain weight exceeding 300 lbs. Features include:

Metal chain container

  • Convenient for slack chain storage
  • Simple one pin attachment for easy installation
  • Security cable included
  • Available for every Lodestar and Valustar model
  • Made in U.S.A.

Fabric chain bag

  • Flexible and lightweight material
  • Dampens noise
  • Will not hold water
  • Excellent resistance to ultraviolet rays, mildew stains, rot and weather
  • Moisture resistant - quick drying
  • High tensile and tear strength
  • Abrasion resistant
  • No shrinkage
  • Bags and brackets are suitable for chain weights up to 300 pounds
  • Made in U.S.A.


Columbus McKinnon is a global leader in providing expertise and training in the proper use and inspection of rigging and overhead lifting equipment. With a range of comprehensive programs and seminars conducted at venues throughout North America, as well as on site at private companies and industries, Columbus McKinnon courses include:

   •   Hoist Maintenance                •   Rigging

   •   Load Securement                  •   Safe Hoisting

   •   Crane & Hoist Inspection    •   Crane Operator Training

   •   Mobile Crane Operator        •   Rigging Gear Inspection

Classes are available at our Niagara Training Center and the state-of-the-art Hoist & Rigging Training Center of Excellence in the Center for Occupational Health and Automobile Manufacturing (COHAM) lab at The Ohio State University. The COHAM lab is a hands-on learning center which allows attendees to understand how to properly use and inspect overhead lifting equipment. This leading edge training program is designed to increase workplace productivity and safety in a ergonomically friendly environment.

In addition to the strong knowledge base exemplified by comprehensive training programs, Columbus McKinnon is one of the only manufacturers supplying complete lifting systems to satisfy unique material handling requirements of users in a variety of environments. From jib cranes and hoists to chain slings, clamps, and related attachments; systems include products that are matched specifically to the lifting needs of the application. Products may also be modified in order to ensure that the proper system is in place for the job.

Whether your needs call for a single CM Bandit hoist or a completely engineered system to outfit your production facility, Columbus McKinnon provides the products and expertise to keep your workforce productive and safe.

Kaupp Electric Ltd.

225 Merritt St. -  St Catharines, ON L2T 1J7 Ph: 905-227-1661, Fax: 905-227-5192