A chain hoist is a mechanism that exerts a force for lifting or lowering an object by utilizing a drum or lift wheel around which rope or chain wraps. Friction brakes help hold the load or object and can be used to help control the descent of the load. A hoist can be manually operated, electrically, or pneumatically (air) driven.
How Does a Chain Hoist Work?
Lift-All offers a variety of hoists for different lifting needs. Our chain hoist is a simple yet effective lifting tool that is a must on your work site. Lift-All chain hoists consist of forged steel swivel hooks with latches, fully enclosed gears, and an alloy-grade chain to do all the heavy lifting. The forged steel swivel hook aids in rigging and helps to ensure straight-line loading between hooks. Our chain hoists are a versatile and effective lifting tool that will last for many years.
To lift a load, the operator pulls on the hand chain to rotate the cog and axle which goes through a lifting mechanism. The lifting mechanism has multiple gears with designed gear ratios to easily lift loads with minimal effort. All our hoists utilize a sling hook with a latch to secure the load while lifting for additional safety. A few factors to consider when choosing a manual chain hoist:
- Speed of lifts, slow and precision lifts are best
- Height of lifts
- Amount of pull force on hand chain to lift the full load
- Frequency of lifts
- Weight of load
- Hand chain drop required: typically, 2’ less than lift
- Load limiter required to prevent gross overloads
- Suspension (hook, trolley)
- Special features: plated chain, spark resistant, special hooks
For light-duty lifting, we recommend a 1-ton manual chain hoist. Our manual chain hoists range from ½-ton chain hoist to 10-ton chain hoist with 10’, 20’, and 30’ chain lengths. Additional capacities are available upon request.
Our hoists meet ASME B30, OSHA 1915.114, and NASA-STD-8719.9.