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Irrespective of the issues, complex or simple, that need addressing, the Didsbury Minilift range of hoists provides a versatile solution to lifting tasks. Combined with the wider range of accessories and adaptors that are available, this system provides the capability to overcome demanding handling challenges – whatever the working environment


This has been demonstrated over many years as the Didsbury Minilift hoist have been utilised for engine change on Jaguar, Hawk, Tornado and Eurofighter.

Various hoist types are now extensively utilised:


  • To provide the primary lifting capability for maintenance tasks on A400M

  • For the installation and removal of Flight Refuelling equipment on Multi-role Tanker/Transporter

  • Eurofighter engine change


Didsbury Minilift Hoists provide the ideal solution for numerous everyday tasks where lightweight and portable lifting equipment is routinely required.

  • The Lightweight Tape Hoist system, uses webbing instead of wire rope as this can be ‘threaded’ through structures when a lift attachment point is some distance from the actual point of lift.

  • The soft tape minimises the risk of damaging surrounding components.

  • Easy to use in confined spaces and when access is restricted.

  • SWL of 100 kg (220 lb) and 200 kg (440 lb) in double fall configuration.

  • Various attachments to suit individual requirements.

  • Transportation/Storage cases for Lightweight Tape hoist kit.

  • The Minilift system supplies the mechanical power for lifting by means of a manually operated winding handle. Two lifting speeds are provided, slow for relatively heavy loads and fast for rapid winding and unwinding of the unloaded cable or for carrying light loads.

  • Safety in operation is ensured by a ‘dead mans’ brake which is normally in the ‘on’ position.

  • An Air Powered Drive system is available to take the effort out of long lifts.

  • With the Didsbury Wind Up Wind Down (WUWD) hoist kits, the operator uses a winding handle to manually raise/lower a load or wind the cable in/out. The load can only move while winding the handle, the rate at which an operator can wind limits the speed of operation.

  • A number of manually operated hoists are available with capacities from 127 kg to 1270 kg (279 lb to 2799 lb) on single fall cable.

  • Unique cable layering system, allows the cable to be wound in or out, with or without a load.

  • Hoist Kit capability search area, for current hoist applications available detailing all the components in each hoist kit in the aircraft application sheet.

  • Various attachments to suit individual requirements.

  • Specific Operating advice and training, if you are unsure about any product, please contact us.

  • Defence service centre

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