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At Kennedy Wire Rope & Sling Co., we offer manual hoisting solutions to our customers through our partnership with Harrington Hoists, Inc. The types of manual chain hoists available vary, and selecting the right one for your application is essential to achieve the efficiency and results you desire. There are various factors to consider when choosing a manual chain hoist. Some of these factors include:

Lifting Distance

The lift distance is a very important consideration when evaluating a manual chain hoist. It is the distance between the installation point of the chain and the pickup location of the load. It is necessary to calculate this distance first before selecting the correct hoist. If this distance is not correctly calculated, the chain you select may not be usable and purchasing a replacement may impose additional costs.

Hoist Weight Capacity

One of the initial considerations to be made when determining if one or more manual chain hoists are the right solution for your application is the total maximum weight the hoists will need to lift on a consistent basis. Many hoists are calibrated in increments of ¼ or ½ ton. Therefore, it is important to use a hoist that has sufficient capacity to handle the design load in accordance with all applicable standard and codes and using any required or recommended safety factors in the lift calculation as well.


The manner in which the manual chain hoist is hanged refers to its suspension. Two common types of suspension are the hook suspension and lug suspension. Most hoists allow for a lug suspension. It is particularly useful in situations where headroom for hoist operation is limited or insufficient. You can review the hoisting products we offer by visiting our website or contacting us with any questions you may have about our products. We are here to provide you with exceptional service and products, including manual chain hoists, to help you fulfill all of your lifting requirements. Contact us today at Kennedy Wire Rope & Sling Co. to learn how we can supply you with the manual chain hoist and other solutions you need for your projects.