I must be lucky. On the last bin of apples for the year, my 3 phase 1 ton electric chain hoist gave out. Dropped a 800 lb. bin of apples in the water dump with a SPLASH. Glad my hands and arms were out of the way.
The unit must have some kind of brake that comes in to hold a load in place. The unit will raise a load but as soon as you let go of the raise button it freewheels down fast. Anyone ever repair one of these? I think its a Coffing brand, very old.