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Trust Columbus McKinnon for your live entertainment equipment needs

by Kayleigh DeMace October 08, 2018

When it comes to live entertainment production, we know with absolute certainty that you can trust CM for all your equipment needs. Columbus McKinnon has over 140 years of experience in the industry, and their selection of lifting equipment are some of the best products you can buy in the field.

At, you can shop confidently knowing that the brands we sell are top-of-the-line.

Load chains

We offer three different CM hoist chains in our online store to best suit your lifting needs. The CM genuine load chain is designed to stand up to repeated use and can withstand up to a ½ ton capacity. We offer lengths from 40’ to 100’.

If you need something that can hold up to 1 ton, the 5/16” CM Star Grade Chain is for you. Need something a little less? The compact Prostar Load Chain is high quality and has all the characteristic of the heavier chains, but is more portable.

These chains are zinc plated to protect against corrosion. Always inspect your chains regularly for wear to ensure your safety, and the safety of those around you.

Lodestar and Prostar electric chain hoist

The CM Lodestar Classic Style is a legend in the entertainment industry with over 3 decades of leading the industry under its belt. This hoist is ideal for touring concerts and both indoor and outdoor productions. It is universally trusted around the world.

The CM Lodestar Next Gen Style hoist delivers everything the classic style hoist does, and more! These extra features help to enhance operation and lifting, operate more quietly, require less maintenance, and have higher duty cycles.


For a hoist that’s lighter, more economical, and still has impressive capacity, check out the CM Lodestar 2-Ton, Single-Reeved chain hoist. Alternatively, the CM Prostar is lightweight at just 36 lbs and is a more portable hoist option.

Manual hand chain hoists

If you’re looking for a manual hoist, CM has a great selection! Their Hurricane 360 Hand Hoist can help improve your work by enabling you to operate at any angle because of a hand chain cover that rotates a full 360 degrees. This allows you to lift, pull, and position loads from any angle.

With a simple, efficient, and economical design, the CM Series 622 Hand Chain Hoist is easy to install and provides a smooth vertical lift in many applications. Alternatively, the CM Series 653 Lever Operated Hoist is highly versatile and suitable for multiple material handling applications.

Other hoists and equipment

While these three are outliers compared to the others, they’re no less handy. The CM Bandit is extremely versatile and convenient with a 360-degree rotating handle, easy free chain, and portable design.


Available in both assembled and unassembled configurations, the CM Control Station is a controller for hoist operation that is known as a “pickle” within the industry. After you’ve safely rigged your electric chain hoists, you’ll need one of these to get things moving.

Shop online today for CM hoists to fit your every need!


Kayleigh DeMace
Kayleigh DeMace


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