CM Electric Chain Hoist - LodeStar and ShopStar

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The CM Lodestar electric chain hoist is the industry standard for tough applications. It is made in the U.S.A. with units still in service for over 50 years!

From the most recognized manufacturers in industry to show stoppers in arenas, night clubs and theatres, the LodeStar is the brand that more workers trust. For 50 years, the Lodestar has tackled the toughest jobs in the most stringent manufacturing environments around the globe.

In entertainment, many of today's top performers rely on the inverted LodeStar or "Chain Motor" to delicately position lighting, scenery, and sound equipment.

Next time you’re hard at work in a manufacturing facility or relaxing at a rock concert or play, look up! Chances are a CM LodeStar chain hoist is in place handling lifting and positioning needs. It's been that way for 50 years. With its reputation for durability, reliability, and low maintenance, the same CM chain hoist may still be there a half-century from now.

These CM hoists feature the following:
  • Disc type electric hoist brake.
  • Solid state starting switch.
  • Heavy-duty hoist motor with regenerative braking.
  • Machined alloy steel heat treated lift wheel.
  • Lifetime lubricated machined and heat treated gears.
  • No oil in the gear case with NO oil leakage! Gear train lifetime lubricated with non-oxidizing grease.
  • Precision machined and hardened pocket wheel with hardened chain guides for precise chain pocket wheel fit.
  • Up to 3 ton capacities for heavy duty industrial applications.
  • H-4 Duty standard.
  • Rugged NEMA 4 pushbutton station.
  • Over-capacity overload protector standard.
  • Upper lower screw type limit switches are standard, with back-up reverse plugging limit switch.
  • Hardened, forged steel, latch type hook and Hoist alloy load chain for long dependable service.
  • Lifetime warranty.
  • Each hoist is tested to 125% of rated capacity prior to shipment.
  • Meets ASME B30.16
  • Made in the U.S.A.

The balanced, integrated, proven design of the LodeStar has made it the most popular electric chain hoist in the industry.

What else can Ergonomic Partners do for your CM Electric Hoist?
Special applications
  1. Harsh environment CM hoists available for severe duty of plating, galvanizing and wash down applications.
  2. Hoists with climbing capability available for temporary rigging or lifting applications — must be used in inverted position only.
  3. Hoists with creep control allow precise positioning through field adjustment within the time delay range of .05 sec. to 3 sec.
  4. Clean room and hospital applications
  5. Wind Turbine applications
Adjustable frequency drives
  1. Adjustable frequency drives offer a 40:1 speed range compared to the typical 3:1 ratio that two-speed hoists motors offer.
  2. Frequency drives allow controlled acceleration and deceleration, and with their programmable micro-positioning control and inching control, allowing precise positioning and eliminating reverse plugging or jogging.
  3. These are provided under the hoist cover for hoisting motion.
Ergonomic HandleErgonomic handle
  • Hook mounted control station designed for single chain, one-speed LodeStar and Valustar hoists.
  • Aircraft style handle for right or left hand operation.
  • Push buttons located at top left and at trigger positions for ease of operation.
  • Lightweight but sturdy aluminum frame construction.
  • Easy installation on most small frame electric chain hoists.
  • One-year warranty on the handle.
  • Made in U.S.A.
CM hoist and chain safety kits
These useful inspection kits make it easy to understand and comply with OSHA and ANSI/ASME regulations for chain hoist and chain sling use and inspection.
  • Hoist kit covers inspection of lever tools, pullers and chain hoists.
  • Chain kit discusses chain and chain sling care and use.
  • Both kits provide survey information to allow for complete inspection of hoists and/or chain throughout a plant.
  • Instructions and tips are completely illustrated and easy to follow.
  • OSHA compliance information included
LodeStar Hoist - 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.
LodeStar Hoist - Fabric Chain Bag
Fabric 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 degrees F, in extremely caustic environments or for chain weight exceeding 300 pounds. Features include:
  • Flexible and lightweight material
  • Excellent resistance to ultraviolet rays, mildew stains, rot and weather
  • Abrasion resistant
  • No shrinkage
  • Made in U.S.A.
Lodestar Bullard Hooks
Bullard Hooks
Bullard hooks may be preferred to standard hooks equipped with latches
  • Rugged cast swing gate locking member
  • Must be ordered separately from CM hoists
  • Hook gate is intended to retain slings and other lifting devices under slack conditions only.
  • Gate is not intended to retain the load.
Wind technology and the Lodestar

With wind energy as one of the fastest growing sectors of renewable energy technologies, Complete Lifting Systems has developed two wind turbine hoists with specific long lift electric hoist characteristics making the perfect hoist for wind turbines. With the intentions of building a specific service hoist for wind turbines, CM Complete Lifting Systems took the existing reliable LODESTAR and SHOPSTAR and adapted the designs to specifically create service hoists for wind turbines.

Lodestar Electric Hoist Wind Edition
  • Lift Heights: Exceeds 300 feet Exceeds 300 feet
  • Hoist Capacities: 1/4 to 1 Ton, 250kg to 1000kg 550lbs, 250kg
  • Hoist Speeds: Single speed standard (two speed optional) Single Speed
  • Small frame Lodestar hoist 32 fpm (32/10 fpm) 20 fpm/6 mpm
  • Large frame Lodestar hoist 64 fpm (64/21 fpm)
  • VFD and additional hoist speeds available
  • Hoist Duty Cycle: Exceeds ASME H4 rating Exceeds ASME H4 rating
  • Enclosure: NEMA 3R NEMA 1
  • Controls: 2 button, NEMA 4X enclosure 2 button, NEMA 4
  • 24V,48V or 115V control voltage available 24V,48V or 115V control voltage available
  • Hoist Voltage: 230-460/3/60 standard 575/3/60 available 220/3/50, 230/3/60, 380/3/50,
  • Single phase, and 50Hz optional 460/3/60, and 575/3/60 models
  • Hoist Suspension: Hook, lug, or trolley Hook or trolley
  • Standards: Meets ASME/ANSI B30.16 Meets ASME/ANSI B30.16
  • CE and CSA compliant units available CE and UL compliant units available
CM Shopstar Electric Chain Hoist

The ShopStar is made to be rugged and dependable yet it takes up less room than most electric chain hoists.

Chain Hoist Features:
  • The ShopStar portable electric chain hoist features rugged construction and high H4 duty cycle. It keeps lifting and lifting, up to 1,000 pounds and 300 motor starts per hour.
  • 10 pocket oblique lay pocket wheel provides longer chain wear
  • NEMA 4 industrial rated control station
  • Gear train lifetime lubricated with non-oxidizing grease-No oil leaks!
  • Hoist Alloy Load Chain (zinc plated optional)
  • Dual braking system - D.C. plus regenerative
  • Compact design, allows it to be moved around easily
  • Epoxy powder coat finish
  • 6-1/2 ft. power cord with molded 3 prong plug on 115 volt units
  • Optional impact-resistant chain container available
  • Thermally protected hoist duty motor
  • Rugged cast aluminum alloy hoist frame
  • 5:1 design factor
  • Rigid hook suspension prevents tangling of power cord
  • Hardened forged steel latch style lower hook rotates 360°
  • Totally enclosed non-ventilated (TENV) hoist frame protects motor from environmental contamination
  • True vertical lift
  • Precision bearings used throughout hoist
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Made in the U.S.A.
Shopstar Electric Chain Hoist Wind Tubine Hoist
  • Lift Heights: Exceeds 300 feet
  • Hoist Capacities: 1/4 to 1 Ton, 250kg to 1000kg 550lbs, 250kg
  • Hoist Speeds: Single speed standard (two speed optional) Single Speed
  • Small frame Lodestar hoist 32 fpm (32/10 fpm) 20 fpm/6 mpm
  • Large frame Lodestar hoist 64 fpm (64/21 fpm)
  • VFD and additional hoist speeds available
  • Hoist Duty Cycle: Exceeds ASME H4 rating Exceeds ASME H4 rating
  • Enclosure: NEMA 3R NEMA 1
  • Controls: 2 button, NEMA 4X enclosure 2 button, NEMA 4
  • 24V,48V or 115V control voltage available 24V,48V or 115V control voltage available
  • Hoist Voltage: 230-460/3/60 standard 575/3/60 available 220/3/50, 230/3/60, 380/3/50,
  • Single phase, and 50Hz optional 460/3/60, and 575/3/60 models
  • Hoist Suspension: Hook, lug, or trolley Hook or trolley
  • Load Chain: Zinc plated CM Alloy load chain
  • Standards: Meets ASME/ANSI B30.16 Meets ASME/ANSI B30.16
  • CE and CSA compliant units available CE and UL compliant units available

Let your Ergonomic Partners sales representative assist you to pick the correct CM hoist for your application. Please contact Ergonomic Partners today.

Ergonomic Partners is a seller and distributor of electric chain hoists in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, Tennessee, Kentucky, Iowa, and Oklahoma.