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    Default Favorite Lever Chain Hoist?

    Got an upcoming job that will require a pair of lever hoists. I'd like to get a pair of nice ones to use around the shop for this job and future work.

    I have a cheesy 1.5 ton HF special from the chinese buffet right now, and it's not very nice (big surprise), so I'm thinking its time to invest in a couple quality units.

    I'd like something in the 1.5-3 ton range, I don't need to move the world, but I don't want to go smaller than 1.5 ton. I usually use these for pulling vs hoisting, but I do occasionally need to lift overhead loads and position in place to fasten/weld or whatever. I would prefer to oversize a tad and have some room in my capacity. I also don't want to go so overkill they're super heavy and have really long handles and are a pain to use for lighter loads.

    Right now current leaders are the CM 653 series and the Harrington LB series. 10 foot chains preferred, but I could make 5 footers work.

    I like the idea of dual pawl ratchet vs clutches, but I really don't have enough experience with either kind to say definitively one is better than the other.

    I would prefer USA or Europe for COO, but I don't think there are many still made here? I may have to settle for asian imported. No one seems to list COO obviously, which tells me they're not proud of where they're made. But if they're a good quality unit, I can stomach asian imported if that's my only option.

    Obviously cost is a factor, but I'm willing to spend what it takes to get what I need. I just don't want to throw away money needlessly. Looks like I'm in the 6-800 range per hoist to get a good one, but I could be persuaded as high as a grand per hoist if needed.

    Thoughts and experiences? Things to avoid or look for?

    Thank you!

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    I have and like the CM type, aluminum housings and heavy duty. Like this one:
    CM Columbus McKinnon lever hoist 1 1/2 ton come along. | eBay
    I also have a 3 ton one like this harrington:
    Harrington LB030 Lever Chain Hoist 3-Ton | eBay
    I dont like it as much, it is made of stamped sheet metal and just does not have the nice feel of the CM, also it is way heavier, (but also 3 ton instead if 1 1/2)
    It looks like this one is marketed under several different brands.

    The aluminum one just is lighter and more compact, but does have a longer handle. I always grab that one first. A buddy has a 3/4 ton? little one we used the other day, also really nice, his had the handle repaired on it, dont use a cheater bar on the handle, cast aluminum will break.

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    My primary employer users the Harrington chain falls and come a longs exclucivly. They load test and calibrate them and apparently parts are readily available.

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    I have a a pair of old yale lever hoists. I like that they use drive chain not link chain. It can get tangled up in storage but it stays in place while rigging up.
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    Harrington yes, and the Jet ones actually look pretty good. Had a jet 3 ton but very heavy. A lot nicer to carry a 1.5t 5'

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    I would recommend going a different direction and looking at Griphoist Tirfor or similar product they have a number of advantages over a chain puller. One being that the cable is much less likely to tangle and snag then a chain Perhaps the biggest being they can be used with what ever length cable the job requires. I keep two in my truck at all times and routinely use them as a horizontal pull to move machinery. Several of my customers were so impressed when they saw mine in use have since bought their own. They come in a number of brands with jet likely being the lower price choice

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    I use small chainfalls horizontally often. The chain is nicer than cranking a handle on many apps.

    I have a massive 6 ton Jet lever hoist and it's ridiculous to use sideways. Way too much iron in that stupid thing.

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    Imo, finest that I've used is the Coffing LSB series. Easiest and fastest to use with the F-N-R lever and the freewheel mode to rapidly takeup slack chain either direction.

    I have 3/4, 1.5 and 3t versions.

    Battle tested thru a lot of planned projects and emergency maintenance in auto plants.

    What I like about chain vs. aircraft cable is that chain will take a large margin more abuse and come out OK. You nick a strand in the cable and its peace-out from a compliance and inspection standpoint until you replace the cable.

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    I have a Beebe Bros 3 ton hoist that looks very similar to the coffing LSB. I have used it for all kinds of stuff from pulling to lifting to clamping. If I had the choice, this is the type of chain hoist I would get. I also have an old coffing with a roller chain, that doesn't get used 1/10th the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt_isserstedt View Post
    Imo, finest that I've used is the Coffing LSB series. Easiest and fastest to use with the F-N-R lever and the freewheel mode to rapidly takeup slack chain either direction.
    +1. I have all sorts of lugalls and chain falls. I have only one of these and it's the nicest to use on any job where you can reach the handle.

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    You may want to check out All Material Handling. They have various models made from global components but use either USA, Japanese or European chain.

    Lifting and Rigging Products — All Material Handling


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