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Lever Hoists


Why should you use a lever hoist?
When should you use a lever hoist?
Which lever hoist should you use?
General lever hoist selection tips
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Ace Tips on Lever Hoists

Why should you use a lever hoist?

  • Portability is the principal reason for use of a lever hoist.
  • Initial cost is another important reason why lever hoists are often chosen over powered hoists.
  • Lever hoists provide excellent spotting capability.
  • They need little maintenance.
  • Reparability for premium models is excellent.
  • Flexibility of operation.
  • A lever hoist has no electrical components to cause sparks or arcing in explosive classified areas.

When should you use a lever hoist?

  • When the lift is not vertical.
  • When portability and flexibility are the key concern.
  • When initial cost is an overriding concern.
  • When precise spotting of the load is required.
  • When electric or air power is not readily available.
  • For temporary uses such as installations, portable job boxes, etc.

Which lever hoist should you use?

  • Use an economy model when initial cost is important but reparability and high efficiency are not.
  • Use a premium model when dependability and quality are important considerations.
  • Use one with a rated capacity no greater than the structure on which it will be placed.
  • Use one with a capacity sufficient for the job at hand.
  • Use one with an effort required, that is suitable for the operator.

General Lever Hoist Selection Tips

  • Warning: Lever hoists are the cause of most hoist related accidents in the workplace. Often this is due to overloading of the hoist through the use of a leverage aid (such as a cheater bar). These leverage aids can severely overload the hoist and cause failures of the hoisting mechanism, including dropping the load. If the load cannot be lifted without a leverage aid, please select a higher capacity hoist or contact a rigging or hoist expert for help.
  • Premium lever hoists differ from the economy models in the amount of machining done, and quality of materials used in the manufacturing process. Better materials and more machine work have a higher cost but produce a more efficient and reliable hoist.
CAUTION: These tips are provided as a starting point in the selection process and are not universally applicable. Please consult our experts for the solution to your specific application problem.