The True Meaning of the Name "Lodestar"

Many who are familiar with rigging and hoisting equipment have probably heard the name "LODESTAR" when referring to the popular Columbus McKinnon hoist. The Lodestar is a staple in both entertainment rigging and lifting as well as industrial rigging and lifting, but why is it called the Lodestar and not the LoadStar?
According to the engineers at Columbus McKinnon, taken from the "The True Meaning of the Name “Lodestar” article written by Gisela Clark of Columbus McKinnon:
“Lodestar” is defined as a guiding star. In 1955, when the first industrial Lodestar was introduced, many of our hoists had galactic names like Meteor, Satellite and Comet. It was the first of many unique products that Columbus McKinnon brought to the material handling industry, which also included aluminum hoist frames, the Weston-Type brake, and the first alloy chain."
In a recent CM-ET class, Jamie, a CMCO training course attendee from Canton, Michigan wrote this answer:
“A Lodestar is one that serves as an inspiration, model or guide. The Lodestar hoist was engineered and designed to be a leader and model in the entertainment industry.”
Read the original article written by Gisela Clark (Social Media Specialist for Columbus McKinnon Corp.) here.
If you are interested in purchasing a Columbus McKinnon Lodestar for your facility please check out our selection

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