As a leading supplier of lever hoists in the UK, Lifting Gear Direct has a collection from all the top branded manufacturers to rival most other lifting equipment suppliers. What's more, you will find that our prices are always the keenest to make it easier on your pocket. We now have our own LGD lever hoist with prices starting at just under £83.
All our ratchet lever hoist are tried and tested and conform to the necessary regulations. Therefore you can rest assured that you can purchase any of our lever hoist offerings with peace of mind they are up to the task.
What is a Lever Hoist?
A lever hoist is also often referred to as a ratchet lever hoist or ratchet hoist, and less commonly a chain winch, “come along” or pull winch / pull lift. A chain ratchet is a small, portable devices which can be used for pulling, lifting, tension and lowering operations, in a precise manner. Pull winches are probably one of the most versatile and cost efficient piece of lifting equipment available. They can be found in various sizes and capacities, and with no limit to chain length, they can also be easily re-chained. Small versions can often be lifted with one hand. They can be very easily transported in a large tool box or in your van/truck and no maintenance worker should be without one.
How does a Lever Hoist Work?
Lever hoists have a ratchet and pawl system in place hence the term ratchet lever hoist; this allows the gear to be rotated to move the load by means of the lever/handle being cranked up and down. A lever hoist incorporates a hook to fix the hoist to a suitable fixing point, and the chain will have some sort of fastener at the end, often a hook with safety catch, to attach to the load.
The handle / lever to operate the hoist also has a pawl system and may have extra gears to increase the power and also the speed of the lever hoist. Every time the lever is cranked forwards and backwards the gear will turn allowing the chain to pass over it to either bring in the chain or advance the chain out, i.e. to lift or lower the load. As soon as you let go of the lever the brake will be applied. This means that the load will stay exactly where it is. The handle of the chain lever hoist may also comprise of a release mechanism.
Most models will incorporate a free chaining device. This enables the load chain to be freely pulled out by hand so the load can be reached quickly for attachment.
Why use a Ratchet Lever Hoist?
Lever hoists are simple manual lifting devices that require now power supply to operate. They require minimal maintenance to keep them operating smoothly, and what's more they are really easy to operate. The operation of a pull winch requires minimum effort because the ratchet and gears do all the hard work. All you have to do is repeatedly crank the handle back and forth. Loads of up to around 10000kg can be handled with a lever hoist, but check out the spectrum of models carefully to ensure the specifications meet your needs.
Where Can a Lever Hoist Be used?
Due to the fact that lever hoists require no power they can practically be used in any location. In fact they make a great tool box companion, especially if you choose one of the smaller models like the Yale handy, Raptor mini or Kito LX pull winch. Because a pull lift can be used in any direction they are useful in confined spaces. They are also very good at cargo tie down applications or just a simple lifting task that needs precise positioning.
A pull winch is often used for positioning heavy plant machinery, tensioning utility lines, down manholes, setting pipe work and also holding objects in place for welding for instance, and even for pulling tree stumps from the ground; they are commonly seen in car garages and are used in most industrial areas for maintenance of machinery and also forestry etc.
Types of Pull Lifts Available from LGD
Lifting Gear Direct can supply a wide variety of pull winches from some of the most recognisable brand names. We can also now supply our own LGD heavy duty pull winch which offers a more cost effective alternative.
Our top branded products include Tractel and Kito. All have a range of models to choose from. The range of Yale lever hoists are amongst our best sellers. Their model range includes the compact Handy lever hoist which is great for site work and small workshops. Then you have UNO plus with safe working loads up to 6000kg and also comes in an ATEX model.
The latest addition the the Yale model range is the ERGO 360. The 360 pull winch has an innovative design making it great in tight spaces. It also operates much faster then many other models on the market. This is due to the complete 360 degree rotation of the lever. So the operation action is winding rather then ratcheting/cranking. This alleviates much stress on the arms, particularly the elbows and wrists. In addition this winch can be operated in any position.
Another popular pull winch worth mentioning here is the Kito LX lever hoist. Compact enough to fit in the palm of your hand, transportation is easy. A perfect companion to your everyday tool box. You can lift, pull and tension loads up to 500kg with this great little hoist.
Lever Hoist Safety Information
While they may seem fairly simple on a mechanical level, contemporary ratchet lever hoist models have a lot to offer operators in the way of safety that might not be apparent at first glance.
Tips for safe use.
Always follow manufacturer’s instructions, inspect regularly and always check the brake system prior to each use. Always check that the bottom hook will reach the lowest point without the chain reaching the stop. Never extend the lever/handle. Keep the brake free from oil and grease etc, but keep the chain well lubricated. Never replace a chain for a longer one before consulting your supplier. If any wear or damage to hooks and fittings is noticed then do not use until thoroughly inspected by a competent person.
Check for things like; bent, stretched or cracked chain links, damaged suspension hooks, illegible markings and also damaged, bent or cracked operating lever. Always store lever hoists correctly, by hanging them with the hook clear of the ground. As well as your regular check you also need to have all types of lifting gear thoroughly inspected by a qualified person to comply with LOLER regulations. We have our own team of trained engineers who can carry out inspections, do load tests and carry out maintenance and repairs as needed.
Speciality Lever Hoists
There are a few varieties of ratchet lever hoists that have been designed for special applications. For example an ATEX rated ratchet lever hoist will be altered to limit the likelihood of sparks being generated during its operation. This is essential when working in environments with explosive atmospheres, since even the smallest spark can cause a disaster.
In order to achieve an ATEX appropriate rating, a ratchet lever hoist can feature internal components and external connections which are specially coated to prevent excess friction. For typical use, such extras will not be necessary, but in atmospheres that feature combustible gases in significant volumes, they will be vital.
We also stock other ATEX lifting equipment, including Yale chain blocks like the YLLHP/G. Use our search service to pinpoint products that fall into this category, or use our contact details below to ask more information.
The other type of specialised ratchet lever hoist that is worth looking into is that which is designed for subsea use, like the Tiger ssII. Such hoists need to be especially durable and resistant to corrosion, since exposure to moisture and complete immersion are part and parcel of a typical use case. These high end hoists can cope with a variety of loads, with capacities topping out at 20 tonnes in the most sizeable examples.
Of course corrosion resistance is something which many standard ratchet lever hoists provide, but this tends to be limited to the external surfaces and components. In the case of a true subsea hoist, like theSS L5 from Hacketts, protection from rust will be provided internally as well. The type of lubricant used must also be suited to a maritime environment, so there are lots of reasons to choose a specialist lever hoist when appropriate.
Lifting slings are also made to order and our range includes web slings, round slings and of course chain slings.
Get in touch today
Browse our full selection of lever hoists from all the major manufacturers below for full technical details and call our team on 01384 76961 to discuss any requirements; or you can email us your requirements here. We are always happy to offer advice when required to ensure you get the most suitable equipment for your needs. Remember we also supply all your loose lifting tackle like slings and shackles so you can purchase all you need from one trusted supplier.