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Buying Block and Tackle Hoisting Equipment 

Do you need a manual hoisting device? Try a block and tackle from the Lifting Gear Direct range.

A block and tackle is a type of lifting or hoisting device that is used across many types of industries.  At Lifting Gear Direct  you can find a block and tackle for sale at the best possible prices thanks to our collaboration with the major brands, including our latest partnership with Delta. So whether you are looking for a block and tackle from leading brands such as Kito and Tractel or a comparable heavy duty brand such as our Delta CY model then we can help. There are other similar products available on the Chain block page.

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Block and Tackle

Why Choose a Block & Tackle

Our range of manual hoists is quite extensive and any one can significantly increase productivity within your work environment. They enable quicker and safer lifting with minimal effort. Therefore by using these devices can offer protection to your workforce by minimising strain and awkward lifting.

Another bonus to these hoists is that they are much cheaper than an electric hoist. What's more there is a wide variety of lifting height options available with 3, 6 and 10 metre heights of lift being popular.

Re-chaining is also an option should you need to replace a damaged chain or change the height of lift. Our team of engineers can easily do this for you, as well as carry out load testing and thorough inspections with certification for your records.

Block and Tackle Options

Whether you need to lift items on a regular basis or just occasionally there is a block and tackle to suit your needs. For example, for lighter loads the Kito CX is the smallest, most compact block around. It actually sits in the palm of your hand, yet it can lift loads of up to 250kg or 500kg. This space saving hoist is perfect for light and infrequent lifting tasks, perhaps around the home, on-site, or workshop.

For a mid range and more economical hoist, take a look at the Delta CY chain block. This popular range has models with lifting capacities ranging from 500kg up to 5000kg.

For a heavy duty block and tackle, try the Kito CB which has lifting capacities up to 10 tonne. Or try the popular Yalelift 360. This packs a punch with the top model capable of lifting up to 20000kg. It also boasts the capability of being operated from all angles thanks to its 360 degree rotation of the hand chain.

We can also supply more specialized models such as a range of corrosion resistant hoists. Atex rated hoists for use in hazardous environments can also be found at Lifting Gear Direct. Along with the Rov block from Tiger which is suitable for use in marine environments with a ROV (remotely operated vehicle).

How a Block And Tackle Works

These devices are a more modern form of traditional sheave blocks or pulley system. However rather than pull ropes over a block our devices use chains and gears. The hand chain is pulled manually, by hand moving it over precision gears and bearings. This enables you to expedite much more force and therefore lift heavier loads with minimum effort.

The devices that you see today consist of many parts to ensure safe and smooth operation for many lifting tasks. From machined gears, chain guides, and quality bearings to drive pinions, a braking system and the load and hand chains. Apart from the chain, all working parts are encased within robust housing for protection.

Using a Block & Tackle

At the top of the housing, you will find a suspension hook. This is where you will hang the device from. At the lower end, the load chain will also have a load hook, this is where you will attach the load to be lifted. All of the hooks will incorporate a safety catch to ensure the hoist and load remain safely in place.

Once the hoist is anchored and the load is fitted, simply pull down on the hand chain and the load chain will raise up the load as it is pulled over the gears.

Don't worry about letting go of the hand chain! The braking system will hold the load wherever you stop pulling. This is also another great safety feature of these blocks.

Additional Safety

A block and tackle is a lifting device therefore all LOLER directives must be followed. These include frequent checks for potential issues which may affect the working safety of the device. Thorough inspections must also be carried out by a competent person at least every 12 months. You can find out more about these inspections and our inspection services here. On each product page, under the documentation tab you will find a PDF with the safe use of manual and powered blocks, based on the LOLER code of practice for the safe use of lifting equipment.

Other Equipment Commonly Used with a Block and Tackle

This type of hoisting device is commonly used alongside other types of lifting equipment. They are frequently sold for use with a Jib crane or lifting gantry and a beam trolley. The trolley fits to the beam of the crane and the block and tackle fits to the trolley. The trolley is used to move the chain block and attached load across the beam.

Lifting slings are another commonly used item with a manual chain hoist. The sling is used to attach the load to the load chain on the hoist. We can supply many types of lifting slings which can be made up to suit your needs. Web slings, round slings and chain slings are some of our specialities. Made to order in our factory by experienced engineers. We also have a great range of shackles which are ideal for making secure connection between items. Lifting clamps and magnetic lifters may also be used with this type of hoist.

Getting in Touch with Lifting Gear Direct 

If you know exactly which block and tackle you need then most models can be purchased directly online through our safe payment system. We are also happy to take orders over the phone on 01384 76961. Alternatively you can email us through the rapid enquiry form. Any queries you may have please don't hesitate to ask. Our team are always ready to oblige, whether its advice or just a price you need.


What is the difference between a block & tackle and a chain block?

Nothing! They are essentially the same product with different terminology which has changed over the years.

Is a block & tackle easy to use?

Yes, it is relatively simple although a little physical strength will be required to pull down the chain in order to lift the load

What are the best brands for a block and tackle?

Hard to say and debatable due to the fact that each block and tackle is made and tested in accordance to current regulations, therefore each should be safe to use and capable of its intended lifting task. The brands we supply include;- LGD, Yale, Kito, Tractel, Tiger, GT, Hacketts and Raptor.

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