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Lifting Gear Direct Ltd

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Chain Blocks

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 Lifting Gear Direct is your source for quality chain blocks that provide smooth, even operation. Just like many of the other categories of equipment we sell, our chain blocks / manual chain hoists are sourced from reputable manufacturers and cover a wide range of load capacities. Specialist ATEX-compliant units are also on offer here.

Manual chain blocks and hoists

Chain blocks can also be called manual chain hoists or a block and tackle, there are other terms but these are the most commonly used within the lifting gear industry. No power is required to operate a manual chain block, hence the term 'manual'. 

Manual chain blocks and hoists are a versatile lifting solution that is suited for a variety of work settings and conditions, and are especially usefull for lifting loads in areas where no power is available. These chain blocks and hoists are designed for rigging, construction, maintenance and other applications. Their compact design is also ideal for temporary use and in workplaces with limited headroom. 

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Portable lifting tools

These portable lifting tools are available in a range of configurations and lifting capacities. Advanced options include spark resistant, corrosion resistant and heavy duty models for specialised use. Our selection of manual chain blocks are made from leaders in the industry, including Hacketts and Yale. Each of these lifting tools meets the most stringent of industry standards to ensure safe operation and the best possible performance. Choose from our online selection of manual chain blocks or complete our enquiry form if you need more information about our manual chain blocks. 

Yale Chain Block Units 

The range of chain hoist models from Yale we offer includes models like the 360 Chain Block, which is a compact and cost-effective model designed for use where space is tight. Because the hand wheel cover can rotate completely, it is possible to operate this hoist from above, which improves safety and convenience in equal measure. Safe working limits for this model range from 500kg right up to five tonnes, and it is just one example of the kind of kit that Yale brings to the table. 

Kito Chain Blocks / Manual Chain Hoists 

Keeping pace with rival products, the Kito line-up features the likes of the CB chain block range, which is packed with units that are light in weight yet thoroughly sturdy to withstand heavy-duty lifting operations. The smallest of the bunch has a half-tonne safe working limit, while the largest tops out at 50 tonnes of capacity, which is an impressive feat for such a small hoist. 

Tiger Chain Hoist Products 

Another brand we stock is Tiger, with its chain hoist range featuring the ever-popular TCB manual model. It can handle anywhere between 500kg and 30 tonnes, depending on the iteration you choose. It benefits from a reliable braking system and extra protections to prevent unexpected drops. The chain is fashioned from alloy and is available in a number of specifications to suit different lifting scenarios.  

Gunnebo Chain Blocks / Manual Chain Hoists 

If you are looking for a low headroom chain block, then the Gunnebo LiftiQ is the unit to choose. Like the Tiger TCB, it has a double pawl braking system which adds to its safety capabilities. It features a triple bearing construction, which ensures smooth and consistent performance no matter the load it is bearing. It can be sold with a chain included, or is offered un-chained if you would prefer to take care of this yourself. As with many of the products we sell, you have a good deal of flexibility as a customer and can choose the exact specifications you require when you buy from Lifting Gear Direct. 

Hacketts Chain Hoist Models 

Built with heavy duty lifting in mind, the chain hoist products from Hacketts that you can find on our site run the gamut from compact 500kg capacity units right up to 50 tonne beasts. All of these examples are compliant with industry standards governing this type of equipment. They are also tested repeatedly prior to sale to ensure that they can withstand regular use and live up to expectations in terms of durability and reliability. This is the kind of comprehensive experimentation that should leave you confident that a manufacturer takes quality control seriously. 

Tractel Chain Block Options 

Need a chain block that is smaller, lighter and more compact than almost any other unit on the market? Then the Tralift range from Tractel will be a good fit for you. It comes with a 180 degree chain guide to make it easier to use in different settings, and in spite of its size is endowed with large brakes to ensure it can be used safely and precisely. With working limits of 500kg to 20 tonnes, it is diminutive yet effective in a range of settings. You can buy this model right here at Lifting Gear Direct, and it is just one of the many Tractel products we sell. 

ATEX Compliant Chain Hoist Models 

Some chain blocks / manual chain hoists will be put to work in particularly hazardous environments. If you need a unit that meets the standards laid out in the ATEX directive, there are a few options available to buy. The Yalelift 360 chain block is a good example, as it is effectively an overhauled version of the same product we covered earlier. It is coated in a special layer designed to prevent any sparks from being generated while it is operating. This limits the likelihood of explosions occurring in places where this would otherwise be a risk. This chain block model is also sold with an integrated trolley, so you can take your pick of these specialised examples if your industry requires them.

Get in touch today

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

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    GT Chain Blocks
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    Gunnebo Manual Chain Blocks
  • Hacketts Manual Chain Hoists

    Hacketts Manual Chain Hoists
  • Kito Manual Chain Hoists

    Kito Manual Chain Hoists
  • Raptor Chain Blocks

    Raptor Chain Blocks
  • Tiger Manual Chain Blocks

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    Tractel Chain Blocks
  • Yale Chain Blocks

    Yale Chain Blocks
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