What is a Chain Hoist?

A chain hoist is a device used for raising or lowering loads, by wrapping a chain around a drum or lift-wheel. They can be manually, electrically, or pneumatically operated. Many hoists couple to their loads with a lifting hook, however there are also optional accessories such as magnetic lifters available. Chain hoists are often mounted using a top hook, however they can also be purchased with a trolley to be easily installed on an I-beam.

Can a Chain Hoist be Used Horizontally?

Chain hoists cannot be operated horizontally. A chain hoist works by rotating a small gear combined with bigger gears to give the multiplied power that you need. There is also a set of ratchets and a wheel with sprockets that the chain fits into. In order for this mechanism to work properly, the hoist must be in the upright position so that gravity properly aligns the chain links before they enter the unit.

How do you Install a Chain Hoist?

If done properly removing and installing your hoist is a quick and easy operation. Our hoists come with either a top hook or trolley. The hooks on our fixed chain hoists can be easily mounted wherever they are needed, but chain hoists with a trolley allow for greater mobility. Trolleys can be either electric or manual and allow you to mount the hoist on an I beam or crane and move loads back and forth.

What is a Lever Hoist?

A Prowinch lever hoist is a piece of high-quality equipment used to raise and lower heavy loads without the aid of electrical equipment. Lever hoists can be used either horizontally, whereas a chain block or hoist can only be operated vertically. The lever hoist’s ability to be operated horizontally is a great benefit.

How do Lever Hoists Work?

A lever hoist is operated by cranking the lever up and down. This powers the ratchet and pawl system, which move the load a set distance per crank. The direction of the internal gear can be easily switched, to move the load up or down as needed. There is a hook on the end of the chain chain for easy attachment to a load, and there is also a hook attached to the housing of the lever block for attachment to a secure support.