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A Chain hoist is a mechanical device whereby the user can lift and pull heavy loads or objects. Operating as a pulley the Chain Hoist works through looped closed chain allowing objects to be lifted, moved and placed at the operator’s discretion. Most chain hoists will come with a brake which enables them to support a suspended load.

What is the difference between a Hoist and a Winch?

A hoist is used solely for lifting (geared lift) and has a locking brake that can support a hanging load. A winch on the other hand is geared for pulling a load and uses a dynamic brake that must slide.

When it comes to hoists and winches it is important to be able to recognize the difference between them. There are many variations of winches and hoists including how they are operated (manually, electric and pneumatic) and the material or finish such as stainless steel or galvanized finish.
The correct winch or hoist for the application depends on what is being pulled or lifted, how often, environment and user preference.

What are the different types of Chain Hoists?

There are many varying types of Chain Hoists-manual, electric, or pneumatic so it is important to choose the right type for your needs.

Manual Chain Hoists

Are generally portable chain hoist operated by hand. They are very adaptable and can be used in a variety of working environments, allowing the user to lift much larger and heavier loads than without assistance.

Electric Chain Hoists

For more heavy-duty requirements, where a load needs to be lifted in a short time frame there are Electric Chain Hoists. Electric Chain Hoist can handle a much greater degree of weight than manual chain hoists varying from 125kg to 1000kg.

Pneumatic Chain Hoists

Used predominantly in industrial setting such as shipyards, refineries, factories etc, pneumatic hoists, or commonly referred to as air hoists, are used for long lifts using compressed air as they aren’t liable to overheat like their electric chain hoist counterparts.


Browse our selection of electric chain hoists manufactured for optimum reliability, accuracy, and durability.

Sharkey Handling supply a wide range of hoists and winches from leading European suppliers such as Tractel 

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