The theatre and stage productions world is a mesmerising realm where art and technology blend seamlessly. One crucial yet often overlooked component of this world is the chain hoist, especially the Stage Maker Chain Hoist system. 

In this article, we’ll delve into the intricacies of this essential equipment supplied by ITE, exploring how it works, its various types, and its significance in the theatre industry.

Understanding the Basics

What is a Stage Maker Chain Hoist?

Stage Maker is a brand that creates high-quality and durable chain hoist systems. These mechanical devices are used during theatre productions to lift and lower heavy objects, such as scenery, lighting, and sound equipment. They are a vital part of stage rigging systems, ensuring that everything runs smoothly behind the scenes.

How Do They Work?

These hoists operate on a simple yet effective principle. A chain or wire rope is wound around a drum or pulley, and as the motor turns, the chain is pulled or released, lifting or lowering the load. The speed and precision of this movement make it a fundamental tool for stage professionals.

Different Types of Chain Hoists

Manual Chain Hoists: These are operated by hand and are perfect for smaller productions or venues with limited rigging requirements.

Electric Chain Hoists: Electrically powered, these hoists are more efficient and suitable for larger theatres.

Chain Motor Hoists: Often used for heavy loads, these hoists have the added advantage of controlled speed and precision.

Wire Rope Hoists: These are designed for specialised applications, offering high strength and durability.

The Role of Chain Hoists in Theater

Ensuring Safety

Safety is paramount in the theatre world. Chain hoists are designed to carry heavy loads while maintaining the safety of the crew and performers. They are equipped with various safety features, such as limit switches and emergency stop buttons.

Precision and Control

Theater productions demand meticulous precision, and chain hoists provide just that. With the ability to lift loads with precision, they ensure that every element of the show is in its rightful place at the right time.

Maintenance and Care

Regular Inspections

Chain hoists require regular inspections to ensure they are in optimal working condition and at ITE, we can help with that as we not only supply the chain hoist systems but provide maintenance and care. Any signs of wear and tear are addressed promptly to prevent accidents.


Proper lubrication of the hoist components is crucial. It ensures smooth operation and extends the lifespan of the equipment, and our technicians are proficient in that.

The Future of Chain Hoists

As technology advances, the theatre industry is witnessing innovations in chain hoists. Smart hoists that can be controlled remotely and self-diagnosing systems are becoming more common, further improving efficiency and safety in theatres.


In the world of theatre rigging, Stage Maker chain hoists are the unsung heroes. These unassuming devices bear the weight of the entire production, ensuring that every aspect of the show comes to life seamlessly. From small community theatres to grand opera houses, the significance of chain hoists cannot be overstated.

At ITE, we supply and install Stage Maker chain hoists and high-quality stage lifts for theatres. For more information on the products, please get in touch with us.