Often referred to as a Chain Hoist, Chain Block, Block & Tackle, and Manual Hoists, a Chain Block is lifting equipment for heavy loads up to 5000 KG. By using two wheels and a chain, when the chains are wound around the wheels and pulled, it will lift the load that is attached. They are commonly used with lifting slings to balance a load.
A Chain Hoist is another term for a Chain Block. A manual Chain Hoist is a mechanism that can be pulled to lift objects, while an electric chain hoist is a lifting machine fitted with a chain and hook. The load is attached to the bottom hook of a Chain Hoist, which can then be raised or lowered as a User pulls on the hand chain, or a machine feeds the chain through its wheels to lift and lower an object.
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 useful 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.
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 by 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.
We are now supplying our own Lifting Gear Direct manual chain hoist in order to offer a cheaper alternative to bigger brand models. Now one of our best sellers and available with safe working loads up to 5 tonne. The manual chain hoist comes with full certification and warranty. Lifting Gear Direct products are suitable for other chain products like Chain Hoist, Chain Block, and Tackle, Chain Winch, Chain Pulley, and a Chain Puller.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are a multitude of good motivations behind the decision to buy a 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 uplifting 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 the next perk since a chain block will get rid of the risks involved in the manual handling of large pieces of equipment and cargo. 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 electrically powered 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.
The type of equipment you choose to combine with a chain hoist to turbocharge 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 mounted jib cranes, A-frame gantry systems, and even mobile gantries that are particularly productive. Light and durable 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.
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, snatch blocks, and plenty of other components to your order.
You can also stumble across lifting slings on our site, with innumerable materials and configurations to be found. From fibre rope slings to chain slings and components, 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 are a good example 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. From corrosion-resistant stainless steel wire rope to height safety gear, there is little we cannot provide to our commercial customers.
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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