When To Use the GRIPHOIST

When You Could (and Should) Use a GRIPHOIST

Designed by TRACTEL, the GRIPHOIST can be used as a hoist, a winch, a tensioner, a binder, ratchet, and more. Otherwise referred to as the TIRFOR® or the German Come-A-Long, the GRIPHOIST employs the hand-over-hand motion principle. It’s portable and has a remarkable strength-to-weight ratio.

A often underutilized yet outstanding piece of equipment, the GRIPHOIST provides almost unlimited pulling length or lifting height with pinpoint accuracy in positioning loads (1/32’). But, which applications is this hoist ideally suited for? 

Construction, Public Works, Civil Engineering

Perhaps the number one application for the GRIPHOIST is construction. It operates well in moving and positioning formwork horizontally or vertically. It suits contractors who are positioning sections of precast concrete beams. Lifting work platforms, suspending work platforms, dragging, general lifting, and guy rope tensioning are also suitable applications.

Pipe Laying and Jointing

Positioning of pipes for welding and jointing are ideal for the utilization of this hoist. It can also be used in laying concrete pipes and pulling them together, too. Underwater pipeline assembly also applies.




Steel Structures

Erecting large steel silos, plumbing, or aligning steel structures are also ideal applications.


The GRIPHOIST serves industry applications quite well, too. It can be used for the typical installation or the removal of machine tools and presses, the loading and unloading of heavy equipment, and the lifting and pulling during maintenance operations.

Escalators and Elevators

Loading, unloading, and rigging of prefabricated escalators are all suitable uses for this hoist. The hoist is even ideal for lifting and positioning of the cars and hoisting mechanisms.

Electricity and Telecommunications

To further prove its usefulness in other applications, the GRIPHOIST can be used to position transformers, erect mobile aerials and antennas, tension underground and overhead cables, and guy rope tension operations.

Other Applications

Oil and Chemical

Mines and Quarries

Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering

Rail and Road transport

Armed Forces

Fire Services and Civil Defense


As you can see, the GRIPHOIST is a versatile piece of equipment because it is used in a variety of applications and industries. What would you use the GRIPHOIST for? Sound off in the comments below.

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