Wednesday, February 28, 2018

New Hoist Tucks Away into a Van Yet Can Move Freight up to 1,100 lbs

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US – After we published details last month that the ArtLift (Art of Lifting) system produced by Actuall in the Netherlands was now available in the US, we find there is another alternative product which operates on a different basis to the ArtLift's tail lift like system which sees its flatbed tuck away inside the side door of any suitable sized van. The MAD EasyLoad Hoist is, as it sounds, an overhead hoist which is affixed under the van roof, with the ability to extend outward and lift any suitable freight in the same way as a mobile crane.

Marketed by Buffalo headquartered materials handling group National Fleet Products as an alternative to post-mounted cranes, The EasyLoad remains inside the vehicle, away from the elements, and can be stowed above shelving on either side of the vehicle or in the centre of the cargo hold until needed. The boom can travel on two axes sliding laterally up to 8 feet, depending on the vehicle, and extending up to 45.5 inches in length.

National Fleet Products will be displaying the device at booth 409 at the 2018 NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Indiana from 6-9 March. The hoist operates on a standard 12 volt, 100 amp system driving boom and winch action, lifting maximum loads at up to 2 inches per second, at lengths of up to 65 feet. Handheld controls are easy to understand and operate even with one hand, and an 8-foot cable enables operators to position themselves safely in relationship to cargo as the EasyLoad moves. Unlike most winches, the EasyLoad operates quietly, allowing verbal communication to continue even during its operation.

National claim the hoist is easy to install in around 4 hours with a low-profile tubular steel structure easily configured to fit virtually any commercial van, service vehicle or box truck. The design transfers the load to the floor, and the four-legged configuration maintains structural integrity by attaching to the rear doorframe and interior structural members with just four brackets. Cast iron mounting feet secure the framework to the deck. The system is easy to wire, and a simple door switch prevents the hoist from operating when the vehicle is closed.

Unlike post-mounted cranes that can lose lifting capacity when fully extended, the MAD EasyLoad Hoist provides full-length boom travel with no loss of capacity. With its 45.5-inch boom extension combined with a 1,100-pound lifting capability, National say it also outperforms the majority of vehicle-based post-mounted cranes. Steven Peterson, president of National Fleet Products, comments:

“The dual-axis MAD EasyLoad Hoist makes it easy for operators to lift and lower cargo with pinpoint accuracy because they don’t have to worry about positioning the vehicle in exact relationship to a target. The EasyLoad allows operators to navigate cargo through manholes and to position the winch for optimal load securement, even when the host vehicle isn’t perfectly oriented.”

The EasyLoad not only offers better lifting characteristics, but it has superior loading capabilities as well. Unlike swivelling cranes that do well to simply position a load at the threshold of a cargo hold, The EasyLoad can take the load well into the cargo space, forward of the vehicle’s rear axle, depositing it with its unique dual-axis precision and whilst the 1,100-pound capacity, heavy-duty EasyLoad Hoist weighs 330 pounds, minus its steel framework, and has a 90 inch boom when fully retracted, the light-duty EasyLoad Hoist version can lift up to 550 pounds and weighs only 220 pounds, minus its steel framework. Its boom is just 75 inches in length when fully retracted. Both systems are easy to maintain, requiring just one annual service interval and periodic cable inspections.

The hoist can be seen in action in this video and anyone interested in scheduling a demonstration of the MAD EasyLoad Hoist may contact National Fleet Products directly by calling (763) 762-3451 or by sending an email to The EasyLoad Hoist is in stock now and available in the United States and Canada through the company’s extensive distribution network, and National Fleet Products can help to locate a distributor near you.