GETZVILLE, N.Y., Nov. 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Columbus McKinnon Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCO), a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of material handling products, systems and services, has redefined ratchet lever hoists with the introduction of the new CM Tornado 360°™ featuring the revolutionary Sidewinder™ lever handle. 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.
A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/30a16bd0-9736-4cb5-90af-b10a811b0485 "To create the best ratchet lever hoist on the market, Columbus McKinnon started by asking a simple question: how do people use ratchet lever tools to perform their job?" said Andre Schon, Senior Global Product Manager - Manual Hoist Products. "A global team of CMCO engineers and application specialists performed extensive research and customer interviews to engineer and build a first-in-class product that exceeds the ergonomic and performance expectations of our customers around the world." The CM Tornado's Sidewinder lever handle 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 unique design reduces repetitive wrist action experienced with traditional lever hoists, letting the operator utilize a full 360° range of motion to work up to 12 times faster. The Tornado's double-reduction gearing and high-quality bearings decrease pull force by up to 30 percent, minimizing operator fatigue as compared to using conventional ratchet lever tools.