Learn the Differences Between Hoists, Robots, and Hydraulic Manipulators

Hydraulic Manipulators

Are you confused by the myriad options available when it comes to hoists, robots, and hydraulic manipulators? Are you looking for a better way to handle your operation’s material handling needs? Are you confused by the benefits and drawbacks of all of the different machines that are available? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then – rest easy – TDA Buddy is here to lend aid! Depending on your application, you may – or may not – benefit from the full-automation afforded by robots, you may – or may not – benefit from the lifting power of hoists, and you may – or may not – need the versatility of hydraulic manipulators. In today’s post, we’re going to look at some of the differences between these types of equipment.


Hoists are limited by their design and, because of this, are able to provide only a small range of material handling solutions. When you need to lift something up or lower it down, they’re great. But, if you want to move objects in three-dimensional space… not so much!


Robots are an ideal solution to very specific problems… and only those problems. Lacking in flexibility, they are typically only designed to do one thing. With their limited scope, they simply aren’t able to quickly adapt when new circumstances arise.

Hydraulic Manipulators

With the ability to move objects in three-dimensional space and – even better – adapt to the changing needs of your operation, hydraulic manipulators are a versatile, cost-efficient way to address most material handling needs.

At TDA Buddy, we produce the industry’s most versatile, long-lasting, and cost-efficient hydraulic manipulators. If you’ve been scratching your head, debating the differences between hoists, robots, and manipulators, we encourage you to reach out to us today, discuss your needs, and learn more about our amazing machines!

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