Weston Load Brake invented in 1840
Weston Load brake invented by Thomas Weston in the late 1800’s, Still a fundamental element of almost all manually operated hoists (and many electric hoists). The Weston system worked with friction disks that functioned as the brakes for the load shaft. The system had multiple parts, which allowed users of the crane to maintain control of the load at all time. If there is any failure between the frictional relationships it will not affect the operators control.