Commonly referred to as; Lever hoists, pullifts / pull lift, lever chain hoist or ratchet lever hoists; these hoists are a portable piece of lifting equipment which is used not only for lifting and lowering objects but also for tensioning and pulling applications (hence the term pull lift). A ratchet lever hoist provides a versatile, lightweight and easy to use piece of lifting equipment that no industrial workers van/toolbox should be without.
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Lever Hoist – Common Uses
A Pull lift will be commonly utilised for tensioning utility lines/power cables, moving and positioning heavy plant machinery, pipe setting, holding items in a certain position for repairs etc. Or even for pulling out tree stumps; they have a very wide variety of uses and are especially beneficial in industrial areas, car garages and forestry operations.
How a Lever Type Hoist Works
These hoists use a ratchet and pawl system, a pawl is a hinged or pivoted catch which is commonly spring controlled, this is designed to engage on the teeth of the ratchet wheel/gear to prevent the wheel/gear from travelling in reverse.
The lever or handle on the hoist is cranked up and down, this allows the wheel/gear to rotate and thus raise the chain and lift the load. Each time the lever is cranked, the gear rotates with the pawl holding it in position, and this enables slow and precise control. In a reverse manner the chain will advance out and thus lower the load. Some ratchet hoists will possess more than one gear; they work in the same manner but allow heavier loads to be lifted more quickly.
A pull lift will also usually possess a chain release mechanism to allow the chain to be pulled out freely to the length required to fix to a load. They will also have a top hook to fix the hoist to a secure anchor point, and there will be a hook with safety catch at the end of the chain to attach to the load itself.
Main Advantages of a Lever Chain Hoist
There are many advantages for using a ratchet pull lift / lever chain hoist which include their portability (the smallest model can be easily lifted with one hand and fit into a large toolbox), their precision, easy maintenance, cost effectiveness, and versatility, they are an excellent piece of lifting equipment to use where electricity is not available or appropriate. Ratchet lever hoisting devices are commonly available in various lifting capacities often from 250kg up to 10’000kg and with virtually any chain length, and can be easily re-chained with new or a different length chain as and when necessary. Some models have disc and screw type brakes and overload prevention devices fitted.
How To Use A Lever Hoist
1, fit the pull lift to a suitable and secure anchor point using its top hook.
2, use the free chaining mechanism to pull out the required length of chain to reach the load.
3, following safe slinging practices, attach the load, ensuring it is evenly balanced by positioning the sling about the centre of gravity.
4, set the lever switch to the up/raise position
5, crank the lever/handle all the way up then all the way back down again, continuing this cranking motion until the load reaches the position required.
6, to lower the load, put the lever/switch to the down/lower position, then crank as before and your load will be slowly lowered.
7, when safely and completely lowered you can remove the chain, and the job is complete.