Coffing and CM Ratchet Lever Hoists: Great Benefits and One-Handed Free Chaining


by  on November 12, 2012

Ratchet lever hoists by Columbus McKinnon have countless benefits. Their lightweight design makes them easy to handle and transport. Some are even small enough to fit into your lunch box! Lever hoists are an extremely adaptable tool that can be used for a variety of applications.  When you choose a hoist with one-handed free chaining feature, you have one of the easiest to use ratchet lever hoists on the market.

True One-Handed Free Chaining

Our Coffing LSB Lever Hoist and CM 653 Lever Hoist features true one-handed free chaining. This feature allows tslack chain to be pulled in either direction for easy chain adjustment or connection to the load. The LSB and 653 lever hoists have a neutral position that allows smooth free chaining with just one hand while the hoist is in a vertical or horizontal position and not under load. Many competitive hoists require you to hold the chain while re-engaging the mechanism, forcing you to use both hands. The Coffing LSB and CM Series 653 offer TRUE one-handed free chaining operation which makes it easier for you to get the job done.

If the hoist is under load and the lever is put into the free-chain, or neutral position, the load will not lower, which is an ASME requirement.  All Columbus McKinnon hoists made for the US and Canada meet ASME standards.

The Coffing LSB and CM Series 653 capacities range from 3/4 to 6 tons, with 5, 10, 15 and 20-foot standard lifts. We have just published a video which explains the free chaining of our Coffing LSB lever hoist in more detail. Take a look and let us know what you think!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Tim Lewis Tim Lewis March 10, 2015 at 10:16 am

Hello Brad,
Thanks for your questions. We have some great resources to share with you. These three webinars will give you 1.5 hours of education on ASME.

Safety Webinar: Overhead Crane & Safety Training Audit for Managers, Supervisors & Safety Professionals

Safety Webinar: Manual Hoist Inspection

Safety Webinar: Rigging with Lever Tools

Hope this helps!

Brad E March 8, 2015 at 10:10 pm

Hey Tim,
Just wondering if you could explain what the ASME standards are? and where they apply to? I haven’t heard of them before, that all.. Thanks so much!

– Brad Evans

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