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December 2, 2011 - Constructed with cast aluminum housing and powder-coated finish for high visibility, Lodestar has lifetime grease-lubricated gear box, eliminating need to change and dispose of hazardous oil. Control panel, featuring finger-safe wiring and plug-and-play connectors, allows for voltage change, access to terminal strips, and fuse installation. In addition to built-in overload protection, hoist includes adjustable limit switch that prevents over-travel.

Columbus McKinnon Unveils Next Generation Lodestar

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Columbus McKinnon Corp.
140 John James Audubon Pkwy
Amherst, NY, 14228

Press release date: November 30, 2011

AMHERST, N.Y., - Columbus McKinnon Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCO), a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of material handling products, is proud to announce the addition of new features to the popular Lodestar Electric Chain Hoist.

After receiving rave reviews and becoming highly recognized in environments around the world, Columbus McKinnon has made the legendary Lodestar electric chain hoist even better. By incorporating new features that provide steady lifts for an array of applications, the latest Lodestar is unsurpassed for quiet operation and user-friendly design.

The CM Lodestar electric chain hoist has long been the industry standard for lifting and positioning and is the most durable and widely used chain hoist in the market today. The CM Lodestar features allow the hoist to be used in all types of lifts and applications. With a capacity range of 1/8 to 3 tons and a wide range of speeds, the Lodestar has the versatility to meet any challenge. The Made-in-the-USA hoist is designed with a light-weight, durable cast aluminum housing and a powder coated finish for high visibility.

Featuring finger-safe wiring and plug-and-play connectors, the control panel allows for quick voltage change, access to terminal strips and simple fuse installation. The lifetime grease-lubricated gear box means no changing and disposing of hazardous oil. An adjustable limit switch prevents the load from over-travel and built in overload protection helps prevent lifting of dangerous overloads. The overload clutch is now located outside the transmission providing easy access for maintenance and out of the load path giving the operator complete control in the event of an overload. A five-pocket liftwheel means minimal chain wear, and a redesigned control panel permits easy access.

For more information about this product, please visit or contact your CMCO Channel Sales Manager.

About Columbus McKinnon Corporation
Columbus McKinnon is a global leader in the material handling industry, supplying products and systems that efficiently and ergonomically move, lift, position or secure materials. Key products include hoists, cranes, actuators, chain and forged attachments. The Company is focused on commercial and industrial applications that require the safety and quality provided by its superior design and engineering know-how. Comprehensive information on Columbus McKinnon is available on its web site at
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