Today a few of us visited R&M Materials Handling, the manufacturer of Stagemaker Concert Hoists, in Springfield, Ohio. A buddy who works for another production company, that recently purchased a couple dozen Stagemakers, hooked us up with a factory tour.
Stagemaker concert hoists are designed to handle stage and theatrical equipment and enable the safe and accurate positioning of speakers, lighting systems, stage sets, and sceneries. Its low weight makes it ideal for touring events. Its compact size permits it to fit inside truss structures. Its quietness makes it ideal for operation during performances, even in theaters.
There’s so many advantages with Stagemaker motors: compact design for better space utilization on stage in trusses and on the truck, it’s quiet operation of less than 75dB allows it to be used during performances, 5-pocket load wheel (six on SM16) provides exceptionally smooth operation and reduced chain wear, its increased safety with combined torque limiting device/brake, its hoist housing is made of injection-cast aluminum which makes it really light, it uses black lifting chain, it ejects chain out the side to make it easier to invert the motor, and it even has ergonomic handles for easy transportation. There’s not much they’ve missed on this one, except for maybe being able to make me a sandwich
ARTS isn’t in the market for hoists yet, but when the time does come, we’re pretty positive that we’ll be going with Stagemaker.