An elevator hoist, wherein a brake drum is configured so as to be capable of rotating about the axis of a main shaft. A motor causes the brake drum to rotate. A brake unit having a movable member is disposed in a position on the outside in the radial direction of the brake drum. The main shaft, the brake drum, the motor, and the brake unit are supported by a housing. The brake unit presses the movable member obliquely upward against an external peripheral surface of the brake drum and thereby applies a braking force to the brake drum.