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Varion® Hoist

VARION Versatility Hoist


With batten lengths up to 45' (13.7 m) and as much as 50' (15.2 m) of travel, this zero-fleet stage rigging hoist delivers a gross lifting capacity of 1,500 lb (680 kg). It has five lift lines, is adjustable on the back bone and features steel guides so there’s no danger of cables crossing the groove. The Varion Hoist can also be underhung or sit on top of grid—whatever meets the needs in your theatre. Equally important, it gives you the flexibility you need at a price point your budget can handle.

The Varion® Hoist can be mounted on any existing infrastructure, including a building’s bar joist, without causing horizontal stresses on the structure. Use it for electrics, curtains, drops or front-of-house stage lighting or speakers. Compact, the hoist’s motor can fit at almost any point on Varion’s robust backbone. Loft blocks can be mounted almost anywhere on the beam, so they can fit around specific objects or be placed to coincide with openings. Even maintenance is easy: The hoist’s open design provides ready access, allowing technicians to maintain and inspect the hoist.

The J.R. Clancy Advantage

  • Travel: Up to 50′ (15.2 m)
  • Batten Length: Up to 45′ (13.7 m)
  • Gross load: 1,500 lb (680 kg)
  • Lift lines: 5, Adjustable on back bone
  • Speed: 15 fpm fixed (0.08 m/s)
  • Wire rope diameter: 3/16″ (5 mm)
  • Safety features: Hoist overload detection and over speed brake
Options include:
  • Encoder
  • Cable management system
    • Cable management: flat fold
    • Data available for DMX or Ethernet protocol
    • Light circuits: Up to 36 (configuration dependent)

    Varion Models

    Model Description
    018-1718 Varion Versatility Hoist 1,500 lb (680 kg), 15 fpm (0.3 m/min)
    Varion Hoist Motor Assembly Configurations
    018-1718-2-FE Varion Hoist 208V, Beam mounted SceneControl starter with encoder
    018-1718-2-J Varion Hoist 208V, Beam mounted junction box
    018-1718-2-JE Varion Hoist 208V, Beam mounted junction box with encoder
    018-1718-2-P Varion Hoist, 208V, Beam mounted pushbutton starter
    018-1718-4-FE Varion Hoist 480V, Beam mounted SceneControl starter with encoder
    018-1718-4-J Varion Hoist 480V, Beam mounted junction box
    018-1718-4-JE Varion Hoist 480V, Beam mounted junction box with encoder
    018-1718-4-P Varion Hoist 480V, Beam mounted pushbutton starter
    VARION Hoist Accessories
    118-1732 Single Line Loft Block
    118-1731 Multiline Loft Block
    088-1766 Backbone (Beam) 20’ Section
    118-1790 Splice
    118-1762 Beam Clamp
    118-1795 Parallel Beam Adapter



Ordering Information

Please call your Wenger | J.R. Clancy representative so we can thoroughly understand your needs in order to provide the best solution and estimate.