Lift height is the maximum vertical distance the load hook can lift or lower a load, expressed in feet. For example, a hoist with a 5-foot lift height means that it can move a load up or down by five feet. The manufacturer determines lift height by measuring the space between the hook’s upper limit of travel and lower limit of travel. Lift height information is generally featured prominently in product descriptions for individual hoists, as well as its technical specifications and operational documents. Many hoists have safety devices called limit switches that allow the operator to set, or limit, the hook’s travel to a specific range.