Chain Hoists; Manual, Electric, Pneumatic

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A range of hoists which utilise a chain lifting method, a generally preferred option over their wire rope counterparts.

Chain hoists are probably the most common piece of machinery used to lift and lower equipment. They are designed to lift a load vertically using a hook connected to a chain which is then driven either manually, electrically, pneumatically or hydraulically.

A chain hoist can be a permanent fixture for when a lift is commonly required within the same vicinity or temporary fixing for when a lift is required in several different locations infrequently. All chain lifting hoists offered by LiftingSafety are suitable to be fitted to a trolley, which can be either manually moved or have powered travel, by such means as electric, air or hydraulics.

Chain Hoists; Manual, Electric, Pneumatic

Hand operated ratchet lever hoists are also known as pull lifts and they will lift a load. They will also pull, separate tension and hold a load. They are a very versatile piece of lifting equipment and are offered online by LiftingSafety by many manufacturers including Yale, Tiger Lifting, Kito, Hackett, Tractel, Pfaff and Ingersoll Rand. We offer you a great choice online in the hope that we will have an option from one of the lifting equipment manufacturers will suit our customers' requirements. We offer lever hoists made from many different materials with pressed steel body, cast iron body and aluminium construction. The height of lift can be to our customers' requirements and we can offer with special key features, for example with Atex protection and specifically designed for subsea and offshore use. Please contact us if you need any assistance in choosing the most appropriate option. 

Hand operated manual chain hoists (also commonly known as a chain block or block and tackle) are a piece of portable lifting equipment available in versatile configurations; they are very adaptable to the many alterative working scenarios and working environments including permanent and temporary installations. We offer hand chain hoists from many of the worlds top quality manufacturers including Ingersoll Rand, Tiger Lifting, Pfaff, Kito (Japan) Tractel, Hadef and William Hackett’s. We are constantly adding new manufacturers to our catalogue meaning that even more features and options on hand chain hoists will be available to buy on-line. Hand chain block can be supplied with top hook suspension or with an integrated trolley, push and geared, chain drive trolleys and push travel hoists are for use on a monorail lifting beam. We also offer in this category Atex hand chain hoists for use in potentially explosive areas that have anti-sparking features to prevent an explosion. ROV Subsea hand chain hoists are for operation by a remote operated vehicle under water that are totally unique in design and are available to LiftingSafety through Tiger Lifting UK. We offer hand chain hoists with lifting capacities from 250kg up to 100 tonne SWL.  

LiftingSafety offer in our online shop/catalogue a range of Electric chain hoists to suit most applications from many of the leading quality hoist manufacturers including Yale, RWM, Donati, Tractel, Verlinde, Kito and many more to come in the near future. We are constantly looking for new manufacturers with additional lifting equipment features so that we will be able to cater for all our customers requirements.

Options for the powered chain hoists that we offer are very similar to that of the manual hand chain hoist with the addition of powered motions as opposed to requiring manual effort to raise or travel the load along the manorial beam.

Our electric lifting hoists are fitted with supplied hook suspension or with an integrated manual or powered trolley and they can be controlled by a push button pendant or by radio remote control. Options are available with slow, fast or variable lifting speeds and hoists can be supplied in voltages (power supplies) and bespoke hoists suitable for different environments dependant on our user requirements.

We can also supply specialist application units which have been specifically designed for use on wind turbines and Atex areas. We appreciate that an electrically driven chain hoist can represent a sizable investment and so if you are even a little unsure as to the most appropriate model then please contact our sales or technical staff who will assist you accordingly.

Pneumatic chain hoists or otherwise known as air hoists are very similar in features to an electric chain hoist except the hoist is powered by a compressed air feed as opposed to being restricted by the need for a suitable electric power supply. One of the main advantages of the air hoist is that they are 100% duty cycle; effectively what this means is that the pneumatic lifting chain hoists are suitable for constant use such as in a production environments, it also means that they are suitable for particularly long lifts where an electric motor would overheat. Compressed air chain hoists have variable lifting speed, the further the user presses the button the more air passed by the valve and the faster the hoist will raise or lower. They can be controlled by push button pendant or for longer heights of lift by cord control. (This is a rope that connects to a bracket on a hoist valve attached to the body of the pneumatic hoist) Because there is no electric power source air hoists are also more suitable for use in potentially explosive areas where a spark can cause an explosion. They are a more cost effective solution when Atex certification is needed, far cheaper than the equivalent electric Atex hoist and are more suited to applications in harsh environments which is why they are the hoist of preference in the off shore oil and gas producing and maintenance sectors. As with other lifting chain hoist the Pneumatic hoists supplied by LiftingSafety are all from top quality manufacturers; these include Yale, JDN, Ingersoll Rand, Atlas Copco and JD Neuhaus. We also offer hydraulic subsea hoists designed to be operated under water.

Hydraulic chain hoists are very similar in features to Pneumatic hoists except the hoist is powered by hydraulic oil as opposed to being powered by a compressed air line. The main advantages of the hydraulic lifting chain hoist is the same as Pneumatic chain hoist in that they are both 100% duty cycle. What this means is that the hydraulic powered chain hoists are suitable for constant use such as in a production environments, it also means that they are suitable for long heights of lift where an electric motor would overheat. Hydraulic chain hoists can be supplied with variable lifting speed, the more the operator depresses the button the greater the amount of hydraulic fluid passed by the valve and the faster the hoist will raise or lower. Because there is no electric power source air hoists are also more suitable for use in potentially explosive areas where a spark can cause an explosion. Hydraulic chain hoists can more cost effective solution when Atex certification is needed, far cheaper than the equivalent electric Atex hoist and are more suited to applications in harsh environments which is why they are the hoist of preference in the off shore oil and gas producing and maintenance sectors. We also offer hydraulic subsea hoists designed to be operated under water. As with other lifting chain hoist the hydraulic hoists supplied by LiftingSafety are all from a top quality manufacturer JDN (JD Neuhaus)

In this category we offer accessories for lifting hoists of all types. These accessories are to be used in conjunction with our hoists to make the lifting procedure easier and/or safer for the operator or those in the working area. Radio remote control means that the operator can get a clearer view of the hoisting path ensuring that the way ahead is always clear and the hoisting operation is safe. We produced power supply festoon systems for all hoists; electric chain hoists; Compressed air and hydraulic hoist. Our festoon system is trolleys that run in track or spring recoil power supply festoon systems. Other accessories include lifting baskets Lifting buckets, hosting wheel barrows and probably the most overloaded in this category being our LiftingSafety power converters. These unique products convert single phase eclectic supplies into 3Ph 415v which means that our customers can operate 3 phase electric lifting hoists when only a 230v single phase power supply is available. 


The load to be lifted is usually attached to the bottom of the chain by the use of a lifting hook. A chain hoist may also be referred to as a chain block and can be supplied/designed to suit many lifting applications, chain hoists can come in a variety of drive/power options which are; Lever hoists which can also be known as pull-lifts or lever lift, Manual/hand chain hoistsElectric chain hoistsPneumatic hoists(air powered) and Hydraulic hoists
Discounts may well be available dependant on order quantity and customer loyalty, simply use our quote function or call us and we will do what we can!

LiftingSafety are also a supplier of various styles of wire rope hoist, which are more often used on wind farms and construction sites, where manoeuvrability can sometimes be an issue.

If you would like any help in finding the correct chain hoist/hoisting equipment to suit your applications please do not hesitate to contact our sales team either by email or telephone, full details of which are on the contact page.

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