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VARION Versatility Hoist


VARION is a fixed-speed, hoist in a compact design that is perfect for theatres that couldn’t accommodate automated rigging before. It features a continuous backbone to prevent horizontal loading and easily adjustable block locations. The hoist can be underhung or sit on top of grid. The VARION Hoist can be mounted on existing infrastructure, including a building’s bar joists. Use it for electrics, curtains, drops, or front-of-house stage lighting. Lightweight and compact, the hoist’s motor can fit at almost any point on VARION’s robust backbone. The hoist’s open design provides easy access for inspection and maintenance. J.R. Clancy’s SceneControl consoles make operating your VARION easy and precise.

Key Benefits

  • Speed: 15 fpm fixed (0.08 m/s)
  • Travel: Up to 50 ft. (15.2 m)
  • Gross Cap.: Up to 1,500 lbs. (680 kg)
  • Max batten length: 45' (13.7 m)
  • Up to 15’ (4.6 m) mounting beam spacing
  • Applies no horizontal loads to structure
  • Position hoists and blocks anywhere along the backbone
  • Ideal for FOH lighting positions and on-stage electrics in smaller venues


VARION works with the entire range of J.R. Clancy’s SceneControl family of consoles or push button controls.


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


  • Travel: Up to 50′
  • Batten Length: Up to 45′
  • Live load: 1,350 lbs. without plug-in strip, 1,000 lbs with plug-in strip.
  • Gross load: 1,500 lbs.
  • Lift lines: 5, Adjustable on back bone
  • Speed: 15 fpm
  • Wire rope diameter: 3/16″
  • 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)






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.