The operating speed of hoists is a fixed speed,
calculated from the motor RPM output. The actual speed of operation shall vary (slightly) over the extent of the travel used. The speed indicated for each hoist is calculated as the Average speed of operation, assuming the full extent of travel is used. See Hoist Selection for fixed speed on standard hoists.
Each hoist motor is fitted with a manual brake release mechanism that allows the unit to be operated by hand. The facility is mainly to assist with the installation and shall allow rotation of the drum assembly prior to the hoist being electrically powered. This is achieved by releasing the brake and with the use of an Allen key to rotate the drum, (Allen key not normally supplied). This is a very slow way of manually operating the hoist and should not be confused with a typical hand winch mechanism.