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Columbus McKinnon Expands CM Tornado 360° Hoist Portfolio to Include 9-Ton Units

Columbus McKinnon Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCO), a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of motion control products, technologies and services for material handling, has expanded its line of CM Tornado 360° ratchet lever hoists with the introduction of 9-ton capacity units. Ergonomically designed for increased safety, the patent-pending CM Tornado 360° allows the operator to be more productive with significantly less effort compared to conventional ratchet lever tools.

The CM Tornado 360° redefines ratchet lever hoists with its unique Sidewinder lever handle that features a 360-degree rotating lever and a fold-out revolving handle. Working in unison, these integrated components allow the operator to realize the full potential of 360° rotation while working in a safe and ergonomic position. This helps reduce repetitive wrist action experienced with pulling operation of traditional lever hoists, letting the operator utilize a full 360˚ range of motion to work up to 12 times faster.

Other features of the CM Tornado include a highly visible, easy-to-use directional indicator located on the handle that clearly shows the operating direction as lifting, lowering or neutral. The hoist also has a cast chain end stop that allows the user to easily position the chain in free-chaining mode, preventing it from entering the liftwheel and jamming the hoist. Bolt-on swivel hooks with nylon locks help users comply with ASME B30.21 and B30.10 inspection requirements.

The CM Tornado is available in 3/4, 1-1/2, 3, 6 and 9 ton capacities with standard lifts up to 20 feet. Additional lifts are also available. The hoist features an industry-leading lifetime warranty and meets ASME B30.21 and EN 13157 manually operated hoist standard. Outside of the North American market, this hoist is marketed under the Yale brand as the Yale Ergo 360°™ ratchet lever hoist. To learn more about the CM Tornado 360 or any of our products, call Columbus McKinnon Channel Services at 800-888-0985 or visit www.cmworks.com.

About Columbus McKinnon Columbus McKinnon is a leading worldwide designer, manufacturer and marketer of motion control products, technologies, systems and services that efficiently and ergonomically move, lift, position and secure materials. Key products include hoists, cranes, actuators, rigging tools, light rail work stations and digital power and motion control systems. The Company is focused on commercial and industrial applications that require the safety and quality provided by its superior design and engineering know-how.

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