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Looking for a Chain Block? Look no further, Lifting Gear Direct has one of the largest choices in the UK including the latest Delta manual chain hoist all at great prices.

Our selection of manual chain blocks are made by leading brands in the industry. Each manual block meets the most stringent of industry standards to ensure safe operation and the best possible performance.

Choose from our buy online selection which are the most popular products.  Available in a range of configurations and lifting capacities. from 250kg right up to 50000kg so there is a model for almost every lifting application. You will find all the main branded hoists at great prices including Delta, Yale, Tiger, Raptor and many more.

Advanced options include spark resistant, corrosion resistant, ATEX rated and heavy duty models for specialised use.

Delta DY Chain Block Delta DY Chain Block

Delta DY Chain Block


About the Delta DY Chain BlockDesigned for vertical lifting you should ensure t..

Yale Mini 360 Chain Block Yale Mini 360 Chain Block

Yale Mini 360 Chain Block


Benefits of the Yale mini 360 Chain Block The extremely compact nature of thi..

Yale VSlll Chain Block Yale VSlll Chain Block

Yale VSlll Chain Block


It forms part of a broader range of lifting equipment from Yale, which includes ..

Yalelift 360 Chain Block Yalelift 360 Chain Block

Yalelift 360 Chain Block


 Like all of Yale’s other manual chain hoist ranges, it spans a number of ..

Yalelift 360 Chain Block with Integrated Trolley Yalelift 360 Chain Block with Integrated Trolley

Yalelift 360 Chain Block with Integrated Trolley


The versatility of the controls is complemented by the productivity offered by t..

C4 Atex Chain Block

C4 Atex Chain Block


Key Features of the Atex C4 Chain BlockThe C4 meets British standards to BS EN..

Hacketts Heavy Duty Chain Block

Hacketts Heavy Duty Chain Block


 With a tough, sturdy design it is built to work seamlessly in a number of ..

Raptor MH Chain Block Raptor MH Chain Block

Raptor MH Chain Block


This hoist can handle safe lifting duties quickly and efficiently, and is just o..

ATEX Yalelift 360 Chain Block


 It packs in all of the perks of the standard Yalelift 360 chain block&nbs..

Hacketts Dual Speed Chain Hoist


Key Features of the Hacketts Dual Speed Chain HoistWhen this hoist is holding ..

Yalelift 360 Corrosion Resistant Chain Block


Changes to the design and the use of tougher materials help it to battle back ag..

ATEX Yalelift 360 ITP & ITG Chain Block with integrated trolley


 Yale makes a comprehensive range of lifting gear which goes far beyond man..

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Chain Blocks & Manual Chain Hoists

Uses of Chain Blocks and Manual Chain Hoists 

This type of hoist offers a versatile lifting solution that is suited for a variety of work settings and conditions and are especially useful for lifting loads in areas where no power is available. Chain block lifting is ideal for rigging, construction, maintenance and other applications. Their compact design is also ideal for temporary use and in workplaces with limited headroom. These portable lifting hoists are great for keeping in your tool box or work vehicle and ideal for site work, especially the mini ones like the Yale mini 360 or the Kito CX.

What is a Chain Block?

A Chain Block is a piece of lifting equipment for manually hoisting heavy loads. This type of lifting hoist incorporates gears, chain and usually a brake, when the hand chain is pulled it will pass over the precision gears and lift the load that is attached to the load chain. When the chain is released the brake automatically holds the load in position until the chain is pulled again. They are commonly used with lifting slings to attach and balance a load. 


What is a Chain Hoist?

A Chain Hoist or manual chain hoist is another term for this type of lifting hoist. Other terms include chain hoist or sometimes a chain pulley block. They are a hoisting device with a chaining mechanism that can be manually pulled to lift objects. Now power supply is required. The load is attached to the bottom hook, which can then be raised or lowered as a User pulls on the hand chain.

Types Of Manual Chain Blocks

Lifting Gear Direct can supply this type of hoist in a number of designs. Besides the standard type which we have available from all the major brands, you will find some models which have an integrated trolley system such as the Yalelift 360. Other types available include the ATEX rated and spark proof models which are suitable for use in potentially explosive and other hazardous environments. Heavy duty options have the largest load capacities up to 50 tonne, whilst our choice of mini models like the Yale mini 360 or the Kito CX block & Tackle have the smallest at 250kg.

Considerations for choosing Your Ideal Chain Block

There are many things to think about before purchasing a hoist of this type. Just because its the cheapest, looks nicer or you know the brand name does not necessarily mean it will be the right model for your needs.

Let us look at things you should consider so you get it right first time!

Capacities & Load Weights

To start with the most obvious consideration will be the lifting capacity. Therefore you will need to assess the weights of the loads you are likely to be lifting. From there you can choose the next capacity up from your heaviest load. For example if your heaviest load is going to be around 750kg then choose a 1000kg SWL hoist.

Height of Lift

The next thing to consider is the height of lift. How high will you need to lift your load? Most of these hoists come with a 3 metre height of lift (HOL) as standard but other popular heights include 6 metre, 8 metre and 10 metre options and are readily available.

How will the hoist be used?

Other considerations include the physical size and weight of the model. Think about how and where you need to use the hoist, store and transport it. Do you need a trolley so you can move it along a gantry beam? If so then you could consider a chain block with integral trolley like the Yalelift 360. Although if you will be using it in multiple areas then a separate trolley would probably be a better option.

Where will the hoist be used?

Where will the block be used? If it is in a hazardous area where potential explosions could occur then check out the ATEX rated and spark proof chain blocks for optimum safety.

How will the hoist need to be operated?

The majority of these hoists are operated by pulling straight down, vertically on the hand chain. However if your operation would benefit from pulling the chain from an angle the we have the Yale 360 which can be operated from almost any position thanks to the rotating hand chain guide.

Why choose a manual chain hoist?

There is a number of good reasons behind the decision to buy a manual chain hoist for your business, some of which we have already covered. 

First and foremost, the benefits of a chain hoist centre around productivity. You can use one of the many models we stock to speed up lifting operations and make it easier to get essential tasks completed ahead of schedule. Time is money, so if you are able to up the rate with which you lift and manoeuvre heavy loads, this will be an obvious benefit. 

Safety is a big priority and since a chain block will get rid of the risks involved in the manual handling of large pieces of equipment and cargo they are a great choice. Reducing the likelihood of injuries occurring will keep staff happier, healthier and avoid any missed shifts. 

Convenience is the third advantage of a chain hoist, specifically when compared with an electric equivalent. While electric hoists will need to be kept within reach of a source of power at all times, a manual hoist faces no such limitations. Instead, it can be deployed wherever there is a suitable lifting assembly to support it.

Which equipment will a chain hoist suit?

The type of equipment you choose to combine with a chain hoist to enhance your lifting duties can vary according to your needs and budget. Furthermore, at Lifting Gear Direct we can create a completely customisable assembly that includes the chain hoist you need as part of a comprehensive package that is fully adaptable. 

Plenty of our customers choose to use a chain hoist in combination with one of the crane and gantry systems we produce in-house. This includes jib cranesA-frame gantry systems, and even mobile gantries that are particularly productive. Light and durable, folding aluminium gantries are also available. 

Obviously, it makes sense to pair an appropriate size and capacity chain hoist with the lifting assembly you select, so if you are uncertain about your options, use our contact details below to ask for assistance.

What accessories are available?

Lifting Gear Direct has an extensive supply of lifting accessories and loose tackle to fit lifting jobs both large and small alike. If you buy a chain hoist from us, you can also add lifting shackles, slings snatch blocks, and plenty of other components to your order. 

Lifting slings are available in all the common types; round, flat webbing and steel chain, as well as the latest, soft Dyneema Tycan chain. Thus there is no need to compromise on quality or versatility when you partner with us. 

We even have specialised lifting accessories that will be much more effective in particular scenarios. Our lifting magnets and range of lifting clamps are good examples of this and can be paired with chain hoist equipment if required. 

Our products are pitched at many different industries and thus come in a variety of sizes and specifications.

Get in touch today

Browse our full selection of chain blocks above for full technical details and call our team on 01384 76961 to discuss any particularly specific requirements. 

To get in touch online, visit our contact page and fill out the form for an equally rapid response from our experts.


What is your cheapest chain block?

We have a number of of options for a low cost chain block with our own LGD block and tackle the cheapest at just over £60, next is the Viper at just over £70 and the Raptor at just under £80.

What is the biggest lifting capacity chain block?

The vast range of chain blocks available have lifting capacities starting at 250kg and go right up to a whopping 50000kg.

How do you operate a chain block?

Chain blocks are one of the easiest lifting hoists to use. Once anchored correctly simply attach the load to the bottom load hook them pull down on the hand chain, this will pull the chain over the gears, turning them to raise the load. Simple!

How high can a chain block lift a load?

Most chain blocks have a standard height of lift at 3 metres, some have 6 or 10 metres although more heights are possible by changing the chain but this will be dependant on the model.

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