Construction Hoists

Metro Elevator leases and sells construction hoists for both temporary and permanent applications. We maintain a large construction hoist rental inventory which includes various types of equipment ready for immediate delivery and erection anywhere in the U.S. or Canada.

Metro has also performed permanent installations worldwide. Our corporate headquarters are located in Indianapolis, Indiana (view map) and we also employ personnel located in Denver, CO and Pittsburgh, PA.

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About Our Construction Hoists

Our Construction Hoists may also be referred to as Material Hoists, Construction Elevators, Temporary Elevators, Personnel Hoists, Buck Hoists, Man-lifts, Material Lifts, and Rack & Pinion Hoists but they all serve the same purpose: transporting personnel and material vertically in a safe and speedy manner.

We can supply construction hoists for two different applications:

  • Personnel and Material – designed to carry up to 8,000 lbs. and large construction material or a maximum of 40 workers
  • Material-Only – capacities to lift and lower up to 6,000 lbs. of materials or equipment, however, material-only lifts are not designed to safely transport workers


Our Construction Hoists can be leased, erected, and dismantled by our personnel for:

  • Renovation or Construction for multi-story building of any height
  • Scheduled Outages for Power Plants
  • Turnarounds for Oil Refineries
  • Ground Mining Applications (Underground or Above)


All our construction hoists which we lease use a motor, brake, and gear box with a rack-and-pinion system that travels the tower at various speeds. The travel speed will vary depending on the manufacturer and model of the hoist. For very tallest buildings, we recommend hoists that can travel up to 300 feet per minute.

Many of our construction hoist rentals are equipped with VFDs (i.e. variable frequency drives). VFD hoists provide a much smoother ride and greatly reduce the chance for mechanical breakdown due to wear and tear on working parts.  VFD’s also eliminate the need to “jog” hoist up and down because of their precise leveling accuracy.

The construction hoists we typically rent can have either single or twin cars which move from landing to landing along a mast tower. The mast sections are attached to the building or structure every 25 to 30 feet via a tie-in (either standard or specially fabricated).  The cars for twin hoists can operate independently while using the same tower. This drastically reduces the worker’s wait time for the hoists which thereby improves worker productivity.

Our construction hoists require a trained hoist operator in most situations unless the hoist is installed with automatic controls. When you hire Metro operators they contact Metro directly if maintenance issues should arise. Our operators are trained to get the elevator working as quickly as possible when minor problems occur without the need to call in a repair technician.

Metro is a full service construction elevator company which will provide turn-key solutions for erection, dismantle, repair and service for all makes and models including Champion®, Fraco®, and many more.

For more information about the kind of temporary construction hoist your job may require, please select any of the links above to help decide which type will best fulfill your needs.

If you need more assistance to choose the right elevator for your job, complete our request a quote form or call Metro at 317-562-9833 or toll free 800-HOISTS-0 (800-474-7870) .

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