If you regularly lift heavy objects while working, you may want to invest in a lifting magnet. Lifting magnets are devices that leverage a powerful magnet to pick up and lift objects made of a ferromagnetic material. What are the benefits of using a lifting magnet exactly?
1) Supports Heavy Loads
You can use a lifting magnet with heavy loads. Most lifting magnets consist of a neodymium magnet, which is one of the most powerful types of rare-earth magnets on the planet. Some of them can support loads weighing up to 1,000 pounds. Other lifting magnets can support loads weighing over 10,000 pounds. Regardless, lifting magnets that feature a neodymium or “neo” magnet are very strong.
2) Easier to Use Than a Hoist
Most workers will agree that a lifting magnet is easier to use than a hoist. Hoists can lift heavy objects as well. To use a hoist, though, you’ll need to install all the equipment and then connect the hoist to the object. A lifting magnet offers an easier solution. Placing the lifting magnet directly over the object — assuming the object is made of a ferromagnetic material — will lift it.
3) Toggle On and Off
While the name may suggest otherwise, permanent magnets don’t produce a permanent or constant magnetic field. Rather, many of them can toggled on and off. You can turn them on or off by pulling a lever. After lifting and moving an object, you’ll probably want to turn off the permanent magnet. Pulling the lever in the appropriate direction will deactivate the magnetic field so that the object is released.
4) Doesn’t Require Electricity
Assuming you choose a traditional permanent lifting magnet and not an electromagnet, you don’t have to worry about supplying it with electricity. Permanent lifting magnets don’t require electricity. They rely exclusively on the magnetic material, such as neodymium, from which they are made.
5) Improved Safety
For a safer workplace, look no further than a lifting magnet. Lifting magnets promote safety in many ways. First, they eliminate the need for manually lifting objects. Second, you can use a lifting magnet without ever touching objects.
A lifting magnetic is a material handling device that features a powerful magnet. While other devices are available with magnets as well, lifting magnets are designed specifically for lifting applications. Some of the benefits of using a lifting magnet include support for heavy loads, easier to use than a hoist, the ability to toggle on and off the magnet, doesn’t require electricity and improved safety in the workplace.