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Overhead Crane and Hoist FAQs

What if I have a special request for a crane kit and can't fully explain it on the Request For Quote page?

Contact us.

We know that there are a lot of variations when selecting a crane so feel free to give us a call or send us an email to talk to one of our crane kit specialist.

Our toll free number is (800) 509-6131.

Do I need an electrician to wire the overhead crane kit?


The R&M and Shaw-box crane kits are a "plug and play" system. You simply have to plug the electrical connections together.

Hoosier Crane would recommend an electrician if you do not feel comfortable making the plug connections or installing the incoming power to the crane.

How hard is it to put one of these crane kits together?

Not hard at all.

Hoosier Crane will provide an assembly manual with every crane and 24 hour support to answer any questions that you may have while assembling the crane kit.

If you have any concerns about putting your crane kit together please contact us.

What equipment comes in an "overhead crane kit?"

An overhead crane kit comes with all the equipment you will need besides the big yellow girder.

It includes:

  • Hoist
  • End trucks
  • Control panel
  • Festoon kit
  • Gearbox
  • Pendant

Why do I have to have my overhead cranes and hoists inspected?

Four Simple Answers

Increased Human Safety: Having your "Frequent" and "Periodic" Inspections completed on a regular basis will most definitely provide a safer and more productive environment for your employees. Hoosier Crane meets or exceeds the ASME B30, OSHA, NEC and other specified requirements for crane inspections.

It is a Requirement: OSHA 1910.179 requires both a "Frequent" and "Periodic" Inspection be done on your crane and hoist equipment. OSHA will also incorporate by reference the ASME, ANSI, NEC and other industry standards.

Liability: Inspections performed by a trained and qualified inspector will reduce your exposure to accidents and equipment failures. Can you afford the legal fees and insurance premiums if someone gets hurt and 1.) the inspections were never performed and/or 2.) the inspections were performed by someone that was not qualified to do the inspections correctly?

Equipment Reliability: If you are performing inspections "Frequently" and "Periodically" your equipment will undoubtedly break down less, which leads to increased productivity. As noted in a study of the Process Industry, "You can expect a reduction between 60%-95% of your crane and hoist safety related defects in the first year if you have your overhead cranes and hoists inspected regularly." Hoosier Crane utilizes a predictive maintenance type inspection program that will substantially increase the reliability of your equipment.

How often do I need to have my overhead crane inspected?

OSHA 1910.179 breaks the inspections into two categories. "Frequent" & "Periodic"

Frequent Inspections: Daily to monthly intervals. (Visual and Operational Type)

  • Hooks, Hoist Chains, Wire Ropes and all functional operating mechanisms formal adjustment need to be checked daily. This is normally performed by the operator.
  • The Hooks, Hoist Chains and Wire Ropes need to also be more thoroughly inspected and documented on a monthly basis.

Periodic Inspections: Monthly to yearly intervals.(Complete Visual & Operational Type)

  • Normal service - annually
  • Heavy service - semi-annually (Heavy service is use at 80 to 100% of rated load or in excess of 10 lift cycles per hour as a normal procedure.)
  • Severe service - quarterly (Severe service is use at normal and/or heavy use in an abnormal environment such as high or low ambient temperatures, exposure to adverse weather, corrosive fumes, dust or moisture laden atmospheres, & hazardous environments A designated and qualified person shall determine whether conditions found during the inspection constitute a hazard and whether disassembly is required for additional inspection.

What are the qualifications to inspect over head cranes and hoists?

First let's define a Crane Inspector.

A Crane Inspector is any person engaging in the testing, examination, and/or inspection of cranes, including, top running types, under running types, single girder or double girder types and the hoisting equipment associated with the cranes.

Now the Qualifications.

Experience: A crane inspector, according to CMAA, shall have at least 2,000 field hours of experience directly related to the maintenance, servicing, repairing, modifying and functional testing of cranes and the hoist equipment. CMAA also notes that under no circumstances should an individual be permitted to perform inspections who has not received appropriate training and does not have knowledge of the applicable codes and regulations of the equipment to be inspected.

Required Training: The inspector should have formal training in the areas of: safety and design codes that are related to overhead cranes; Federal, State and local codes and standards; safe operating practices of cranes and hoists; understanding of how to write a report and documentation procedures; and understand the crane and hoist terminology to better communicate.

The words "should" and "shall" are used throughout the codes and standards. The inspector shall receive training to understand the meaning of these words and be able to accurately explain if a corrective action is mandatory (shall) or is voluntary (should).

What does the standard say about load testing my overhead cranes?

Current specifications regarding the load tests of Overhead Crane Systems

ANSI B30.11 requires the following:

11-2.2.2 Rated Load Test: (a) Prior to initial use, all new, extensively repaired, and altered equipment shall be tested and inspected by, or under the direction of, an appointed or authorized person, and a written report should be furnished by such person, confirming the load rating of the system. The load rating should be no more than 80% of the maximum load sustained during the test.

OSHA 1910.179 Paragraph K2 states the following:

Rated load test: Test loads shall not be more than 125% of the rated load unless otherwise recommended by the manufacturer. The test reports shall be placed on file where readily available to appointed personnel.


Hoist: A machinery unit that is used for lifting and lowering a load.
Crane: A bridging structure that spans two or more runways and provides traversing motion.
Runway: The rails, beams, brackets and framework on which the crane operates.


In Hoosier Crane's opinion, it is the owner's responsibility to load test the overhead bridge crane system. The "system" consists of the hoist, crane, runways, columns and footings. Testing the "system" requires that the full system be in place.  Therefore, testing must occur after the completion of the crane installation. Although it is a hoist industry practice to load test every hoist prior to shipping, this practice does not preclude the requirement for the full load testing upon commissioning of the full hoist, crane and runway system.

Six Reasons to Buy a Crane Kit from Hoosier Crane

Crane Kits are one of the products Hoosier Crane is known for. Learn a few of the many reasons you should buy an overhead crane kit from Hoosier Crane Service Company here.

Six Reasons to Buy a Crane Kit

1. Free Phone and email support from our engineering staff

We are here to answer questions on the crane kit assembly and installation. Our engineering staff members have built many crane kits and they have the experience and know-how to help you get your crane up and running.

2. The Hoosier Crane Help Manual

We have developed 18 pages of helpful hints based on our years of experience in building crane kits. The manual answers common questions and will save you building time. It’s free to all Hoosier Crane crane kit customers.

3. Optional equipment at best pricing

We carry the following accessories and stock many popular options:Spare Parts Packages and optional Crane Kit Accessories

  • Remote radio control systems
  • Below-the-hook lifting devices including vacuum lifters, spreader beams, magnets, chain slings, nylon slings
  • Warning beacons & horns
  • Much, much more!


4. Save up to 50% on the price of a Spare Parts Package

Order a spare parts package when you order your crane kit and save up to 50% on the parts. Plus, you’ll appreciate the convenience of having the parts in your inventory when you need them. Call us for a quote at 1-800-509-6131 or 574-523-2945.

5. Installation supervision available

You supply the manpower; we’ll supply a supervisor to help your crew get the crane assembled and installed as smoothly as possible. Call us for a quote at 1-800-509-6131 or 574-523-2945.

6. Satisfied customers

Precision Welding & Fabrication, Inc. is very pleased with the quality of our two recently purchased 3 ton overhead bridge cranes. The electrician that did the electrical connection to the cranes said that the electrical components are of very good quality. We had a couple of questions during the purchasing phase as well as during the assembly. These were answered very promptly by your service staff. If we have need of any more cranes, we would certainly do business with Hoosier Crane again.
Dave Sermuks President Precision Fabrication & Welding, Inc.
We have purchased several over head crane kits from Hoosier Crane and have always received very good service from the company. I especially appreciate the rapid, complete quotes and the engineering assistance.
Mike Druesdow Maintenance Planner Columbia Falls, Montana
My son & I purchased a small 2 ton crane kit from Hoosier Crane. We had no experience at this type of installation—we are welder /fabricators. The unit was on time, compact, easy-to-install, and works great. We only had two questions during installation and the 24 hour service group answered both of them in minutes... at 11:00 at night. Great service, great crane, happy customers.
Ed Silchenstedt Owner Rockport, Texas


What brands do you carry? The Hoosier Crane Line Card

It may be easier to tell you what material handling, hoist and crane manufacturers we do not represent.  

Hoosier Crane has a great reputation among our vendors and is always adding more products to our line up.  

If you do not see a brand listed here, call us anyhow or contact us.

We know our industry and will get you the best price on the parts and equipment you need to run your business.

Master Distributor of Cranes, Hoists and Parts for:

  • R&M Material Handling
  • Columbus McKinnon (CM)
  • Gorbel
  • Harrington Hoists and Cranes

Master Parts Depot for:

  • CM (Columbus McKinnon)
  • Yale Hoists
  • Shaw-Box
  • Budgit

Hoist Line Card

  • Acco
  • CM (Columbus McKinnon)
  • Harrington Hoists
  • Coffing
  • Detroit
  • Yale
  • P&H (Pawling and Harnischfeger)
  • Kone
  • R&M Material Handling
  • Budgit
  • Shaw-Box
  • Electrolift
  • Ace World
  • David Round
  • J.D. Neuhaus
  • Ingersoll-Rand
  • Stahl
  • Street

Cranes, Jibs and Monorails Line Card

  • R&M Material Handling
  • Gorbel
  • Lift Tech / Shaw-Box
  • Cleveland Tramrail
  • Spanco
  • CM LodeRail
  • Abell Howe
  • Contrx
  • Vestil
  • Ace World
  • Street


  • Allen Bradley
  • Telemecanique
  • Electromotive
  • Enrange
  • P&H
  • Hubbel
  • DriveCon
  • Square D
  • Cattron
  • Control Chief
  • InMotion
  • Remtron
  • Cutler Hammer

Crane and Hoist Electrification

  • DuctO-Bar
  • US Safety Trolley
  • Wampfler
  • Feedrail
  • Insul-8 / Conductix
  • Saf-T-Bar

Below the Hook Devices

  • Slings
  • Lifting Beams
  • Vacuum Lifters
  • Magnets
  • Scales
  • Lift Tables
  • Unitex

Want to remember what brands we carry?  

Download or print out the PDF of our Line Card for reference.