The tried and tested all-rounder

The SH wire rope hoist programme is used around the world in many different applications. Compact, strong, particularly maintenance-friendly and an ideal when it comes to combining quality, flexibility and performance.
The module system enables almost unlimited combinations of the components. Coming in five sizes with 26 S.W.L. variants, the SH series covers the safe working load range from 500 kg to 25,000 kg. The new SH 6080 wire rope hoist extends the versatile SH wire rope hoist range to safe working loads up to 32,000 kg. The wire rope hoists can be used in stationary applications or together with trolleys in standard cranes, off-standard cranes or systems building.

If wanted, the complete wire rope hoist programme is also available in explosion-proof design for Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 21 or Zone 22.

  • 5 sizes, 26 S.W.L. variants
  • Stationary version or various trolleys for cranes and systems building
  • Compact size thanks to U-shape
  • Largely maintenance-free, low wear, long service life according to FEM/ISO standards
  • Standard series with two lifting and two travel speeds
  • Particularly soft starting and braking
  • Standard series with high-quality safety components for improved work safety
  • Optionally available in explosion-proof design according to ATEX and IECEx
  • An SH wire rope hoist transports a stack of wood through a warehouse.

    The particularly soft start of the SH wire rope hoist enables safe transport of bulky loads.

  • An SH wire rope hoist drives between the girders of a double-girder overhead travelling crane

    The SH wire rope hoist can also be used without problem under difficult conditions because its compact dimensions thanks to its U-shape permit countless possibilities of combination.

  • SH wire rope hoist on an underslung trolley, the crane controller is mounted on the counterweight.

    Additional equipment such as special controls or safety spacers enable individual custom solutions.

  • An SH wire rope hoist helps in the installation of an oversized clock in a tower in Mecca.

    Special finishes make it possible to also use the SH wire rope hoist outdoors or in corrosive environments.

  • Four linkable SH wire rope hoists in a building.

    A special controller sees to synchronisation of the cranes and ensures the safety of the complete system when a hoist stops. The four linkable SH wire rope hoists communicate via a modern radio system.

  • A black SH wire rope hoist in the Stone Gallery in Italy.

    The SH wire rope hoist can be coated in all RAL colours as wanted.

  • Two SH wire rope hoists with separately controllable load hooks turn a heavy reel of paper so that it can placed in the holders of a machine.

    Two SH wire rope hoists with separately controllable special load hooks enable lifting and turning of paper reels without lifting beam.

  • SH wire rope hoist with double-grooved rope drum for large lifting heights without lateral hook movement.

    Thanks to a double-grooved rope drum, the rope can be guided exactly without lateral hook movement.

  • SHF wire rope hoist in an engine maintenance plant.

    Frequency-controlled SHF wire rope hoists work without lateral hook movement and with extremely little swinging of the load, making them ideal for sensitive loads such as jet engines.


The different models and trolley variants allow not only a wide variety of uses, but also very individualised solutions tailored to specific requirements.

  • Diagram of the SH wire rope hoist in stationary design and illustration of various rope lead-off angles.

    Stationary model

    The SH wire rope hoist can be used as stationary hoisting or towing equipment, for example in systems manufacture. Depending on the application, the rope lead-off angle, the attachment of the hoist and the mounting position of the hoist motor can be varied.

  • Side view of the SH wire rope hoist on a double rail crab

    OE double rail crab

    The OE double rail crab is intended for use on double girder overhead travelling cranes. The extremely compact construction makes very low approach and headroom dimensions possible and the available space can thus be used to the full. The double rail crab is available with various track gauges for the whole load capacity range and automatically compensates for any unevenness of the cross travel runway.

  • Diagram of the SH wire rope hoist on a monorail trolley

    KE monorail trolley

    The KE monorail trolley is used on monorail runways and single girder overhead travelling cranes. The particularly low headroom of the trolley makes long hook paths possible even in low-ceilinged rooms.

  • Diagram of the SH wire rope hoist on an underslung trolley

    UE monorail trolley

    The overall width of the UE monorail trolley is minimal and especially designed for narrow clearances. It is used on monorail runways and single girder overhead travelling cranes.

  • Diagram of the SH wire rope hoist on an articulated trolley with drawing of the bend radius

    DKE articulated trolley

    The DKE articulated trolley is available for frequent travel around bends and narrow radii. Depending on radius of bend, runway flange width or application, it is equipped with one or two travel motors. The side guide rollers work with minimal wear. The DKE articulated trolley is designed for load capacities up to 10,000 kg.

  • Three wire rope variants of a single-grooved rope drum with the reevings 1/1, 2/1 and 4/1

    Single-grooved rope drum (Standard reeving)

    The model with single-grooved rope drum is used for stationary hoisting or towing equipment or combined with various travel carriage variants.

  • Three wire rope variants of a double-grooved rope drum with the reevings 2/2, 4/2 and 8/2

    Double-grooved rope drum (True vertical lift)

    If true vertical lift is required, we recommend this model with double-grooved rope drum (right-/left-hand thread). This version can be used both in stationary form or with travel carriages.

  • Two wire rope variants of a double-grooved rope drum with multipoint load attachment with the reevings 2/2-2 and 4/2-2

    Double-grooved rope drum (Reeving for multiple load pick-up points)

    The model with double-grooved rope drum (right-/left-hand thread) is used for many lifting and towing tasks where the load must be picked up at more than one point and true vertical lift is required.

Type Load capacity up to [kg] Statio­nary OE ¹ KE ² UE ² DKE ²
SH 3 3,200 0 0 0 0 0
SH 4 6,300 0 0 0 0 0
SH 5 10,000 0 0 0 0 0
SH 5 12,500 0 0 0 0 1
SHR 6 16,000 0 0 0 0 1
SH 6 25,000 0 0 1 0 1
SH 6080 32,000 0 0 1 1 1
Standard    Option
¹ Double rail crab    ² Monorail trolleys


  • Diagram of the SH wire rope hoist and its technical assembly.

    The SH wire rope hoist programme boasts superior technology. The largely maintenance-free components of the modular wire rope hoist are matched to each other optimally. They guarantee constant performance, long service life and high efficiency.

  • Close-up of the rope guide ring on a rope drum with rope.

    Rope and rope guide

    • Highly flexible special rope with long service life
    • Field-proven enclosed rope guide in spheroidal graphite cast iron has no temperature limitations
    • The GJS material (previously designated GGG 40) is suitable for highest and lowest temperature ranges
    • 360° rope tensioner prevents the formation of rope slack
  • Parts of an SH wire rope hoist painted green, black and yellow


    • Standard paint treatment as per RAL 6018 yellow-green and RAL 7021 black grey
    • High-quality primer and top coats for standard applications
    • Off-standard paint treatment for outdoor use or corrosive ambient conditions
    • Shade as per customer’s requirement
  • The load sensor is located at the suspension point of the load rope

    Overload cut-off

    • Permanent electronic monitoring of the suspended loads
    • Limitation of the maximum load by load measurement at the rope anchorage possible in the case of multiple reeving
  • Close-up of the toothed wheels in the gear of the SH wire rope hoist

    Hoist gear

    • All gear stages with lifetime lubrication in oil bath
    • Modern technology ensures quiet operation
  • Open SH wire rope hoist switch box shows the controls and motor management components

    SLE/SMC control and motor management

    • Condition monitoring as standard
    • Inching operation is suppressed to reduce stress on equipment
    • All common control voltages available
    • High degree of safety due to oversized contactors
    • Temperature monitoring of the hoist motor and travel motor
  • Brake with fan wheel on the hoist motor of an SH wire rope hoist.


    • Low-maintenance, asbestos-free brake needs no adjustment
    • Long service life thanks to oversized brake
    • Brake easily accessible for inspection from outside
    • Motor management ensures low wear
    • IP65 protection, IP66 optional
  • Hoist motor of the SH wire rope hoist


    • Special-purpose motor for hoisting applications
    • Classification according to FEM/ISO standards, high-duty-cycle and switching operation frequency motor
    • IP55 protection, IP66 optional, thermal class F
    • Motor outside rope drum, highly efficient motor cooling, maintenance-friendly
    • Temperature control by PTC thermistors
  • Yellow hook block with rope drive

    Rope drive

    • Optimised ratio of drum-to-sheave diameter ensures low wear on rope
    • Flexible and long-lasting wire rope
    • Wear-resistant return sheaves, fine machining provides rope-friendly grooves in rope drum
    • Drum easily accessible for rope replacement
    • Robust bottom hook block with low headroom in spite of large dimensioning of hook

Options and features

Although they are already first-class in their standard design, you can make the hoists even safer, more economical and more convenient with a range of mechanical, electrical and electronic options. They simultaneously improve performance, prolong service life and make it possible to adapt the hoist individually to specific requirements.

Here are some of the options frequently used.

  • Red control pendant with EMERGENCY STOP pushbutton.

    Control pendant

    • Robust control pendant with EMERGENCY STOP palm button and control cable
    • All switching elements for hoist, cross, and long travel are 2-step
    • IP65 protection
    • Additional buttons, such as horn activation, can be easily fitted
  • Three different radio remote control units as pushbutton units and a joystick transmitter with controller.

    Radio remote control units

    • Flex-Wave pushbutton unit with protective cover and carry strap
    • VUE pushbutton units with feedback display
    • MLTX2 joystick transmitter with controller and carry strap
    • Optional battery chargers with standard rechargeable batteries
    • Robust, fibre-reinforced plastic housing, IP66 protection
    • Frequency ranges 433, 863 or 2,400 kHz
    • Also available in explosion-proof version
    • Other radio remote control units optionally available on request
  • Gear-type limit switch in control box

    Emergency hoist limit switch (gear limit switch)

    • As standard, the hoist is equipped with a geared limit switch for top and bottom hook position and an operational limit switch for top hook position
    • As an option, up to eight switching elements can be fitted to the switch. This permits further stopping positions and operational limiting in bottom hook position
  • SMC multi-controller for permanent load monitoring

    SMC Multicontroller

    • Continuous load monitoring by overload cut-off even if hoist is idling
    • Overload protection with ALC automatic load control
    • Load spectrum memory for load-related operating time summation
    • Operating data registration, e.g. operating hours, load spectrum, motor switching operations and load cycles
    • Data exchange with PC possible
  • Travel limit switch for mounting on a crab.

    Travel limit switch

    • Travel limit switch on crab available as option
    • Limiting for both directions of travel
    • Switchover from “fast/slow” (predisconnect)
    • Switch contacts designed for control current
    • IP66 protection
  • Large-format load indicator with luminous red digits.

    Load display

    • SLD four-digit 7-segment load display, large format, luminous red
    • Available with various interfaces including CAN
    • Choice of 100 or 150 mm digit height
    • Combinable with the hoist’s overload sensor and the SMC multicontroller available as an option, no additional fixtures or load attachment devices are required, the headroom of the hoist remains unchanged
  • Various visual signallers.

    Signal transmitters

    • Visual and acoustic signal transmitters such as horn and flashing light can be mounted on trolleys
    • Signal transmitters can be activated by a button on the control pendant
  • Manual venting of the hoist brake of an SH wire rope hoist from STAHL CraneSystems.

    Manual release of hoist brake

    • The brake release device permits the hoist brake to be released manually, allowing the load to be lowered during a loss of power
    • As an option, every hoist can be equipped with this supplementary equipment to the standard brake
  • Close-up of a rope drum brake

    Rope drum brake

    • Redundant brake system provides increased safety
    • Intercept and holding brake prevents the load falling even if the gear should break
    • Control is effected by a speed sensor and safety device
  • Frequency inverters

    Frequency inverters for “lifting” and “travelling”

    • Smooth starting and braking characteristics
    • Load swing greatly reduced
    • Fast, precise positioning of the load, corrective switching operations rarely necessary
    • The reduced dynamic load means longer service life for all components
    • Worldwide approvals for all frequency inverters
  • Diagram of the TDC Twin Drive Concept
    • Prevents sagging of the load even when the gearbox fails
    • Permanent brake, drive and load monitoring
    • Two synchronously controlled hoist motors and brakes
    • Two manually releasable brakes for emergency lowering
    • Robust, completely encapsulated system
    • Service and safety brake of identical design
    • Up to 60 % higher load capacities when transporting non-molten metals



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