Lever Hoists - Common Questions Answered

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There are a couple of additional names that a ratchet lever hoist could be known as; these are a lever hoist or a puller hoist. These are a regularly used piece of equipment for lifting and tensioning tasks.

Ratchet lever hoist's are regularly used for tensioning utility lines/power cables, moving and positioning weighty plant equipment, pipe setting, holding items in a certain spot for repairs etc. Or even just for pulling out tree stumps; as you are able to see they have got a really wide variety of uses and are especially beneficial in industrial areas, car garages and forestry operations.

So how does a ratchet lever hoist work? A lever hoist makes use of a ratchet and pawl technique, allow me to explain what that is; a pawl is a hinged or pivoted catch which is generally spring controlled, this is intended to engage on the teeth of the ratchet wheel/gear to put a stop to the wheel/gear from turning in reverse. The lever or handle on the hoist is cranked in an up and down motion, this makes it possible for the wheel/gear to turn and thus lift the load. Every time the handle is cranked, the gear rotates and so the chain will pass over to pull the chain in and thus lift the load, or in a reverse manner the chain will advance out and thus lower the load. Some ratchet lever hoists will contain more than one gear; they work in the identical way however enable heavier loads to be lifted more quickly.

A ratchet lever hoist will also typically possess a chain release device enabling the chain to be pulled out freely to the length needed to fix to a load. They'll also have a top hook to fix the hoist to a secure anchor point, and you will see a hook with safety catch at the end of the chain to attach to the load itself.

Using a ratchet lever hoist could have countless advantages, their lightweight design means they are easy to move around, and the small models will easily fit into a large tool box. Lever hoists are easy to operate and maintain and re-chain if required. They are a very adaptable appliance as they can be utilized in practically any position, with just about any length of chain, they're also advantageous where there is no electricity. Generally found with lifting capacities up to 10,000 kgs they are excellent for countless applications.

Here is a step-by-step guide to using a ratchet lever hoist;

1; Using the top hook, secure the hoist to a stable anchor point, ensuring it can endure the force of the load that is to be lifted.

2, by means of the free chaining mechanism, pull out the required length to reach the load.

3, following safe slinging methods, you can now attach the load, ensuring it will be as evenly balanced as achievable by the placement of the sling around the centre of gravity.

4; Push the lever setting to the up or raise setting

5, lift the lever/handle all of the way up then all the way back down again, continuing this cranking motion until the load reaches the desired position.

6, to lower the load, place the lever/switch to the down/lower position, then crank as before and your load will be slowly lowered.

7, when safely and completely lowered you are able to remove the chain, and the task is complete.

To use a ratchet lever hoist safely you must always keep to manufacturers instructions, safety procedures and safe slinging practices, next we have highlighted just a few of the essential procedures to follow at all times.


Examine and check for problems regularly, as well as the brake before each use;

Ensure the bottom hook will attain the lowest position needed without running completely out.

Keep the brake free from any oil or grease, however the chain ought to be well lubricated.

On no account:

Attempt to lengthen the lever handle

Substitute the chain for a longer one before consulting the provider

Use if you notice any; bent, stretched or cracked chain links, damaged hooks, illegible safe working load markings, or any damage to the housing.

One of the most important things to keep in mind is that your ratchet lever hoist is inspected by a professional at regular intervals, usually 6 monthly.

We are able to conclude from the above that a ratchet lever hoist, if used correctly, will provide a safe, portable and versatile lifting tool, an ideal addition to any workers kit.


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Nikki Dale works for the Lifting Gear Direct group which incorporates Lifting Equipment ltd and Wire Rope Direct. We have been supplying many types of lifting equipment to trade and industry for many years and our team are very knowledgeable and experienced where lifting gear products are concerned.

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This article was published on 2012/03/20