Requirements to overhead lifting devices depend on whether it is a job
situation or not. They are all required to have a load holding brake,
Note that not every lift is an overhead lift. For instance, if you
lift a pallet with some machine into your trailer, it is not an
That said, chain hosts are very cheap and buying one is a no
brainer. Approximately $80 buys you a new 2 ton rated chain hoist that
is approved for lifting applications.
I have one such hoist, it is slow, but it works fine. It has a brake
that applies if any pulling effort is released. I used my hoist to
lift a Bridgeport mill once. It worked okay.
I think that "men with tools" need a variety of material handling
equipment. I have a "engine hoist" aka shop crane, a lever hoist that
I use for pulling, a chain hoist for lifting, and an assortment of
chains, chain shorteners, etc
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