Tag: lever hoist

Can Lever Tools be Used to Adjust Slings?

Can Lever Tools be Used to Adjust Slings?

Q & A chat Richard, a salesperson for a CMCO distributor and recent safety webinar attendee, asks: 

“Is it acceptable to use lever tools to shorten or lengthen slings? Are there any concerns of locking up the lever tool brake?”


Peter Cooke, CMCO Training Manager and Safety Webinar presenter, answers:
Your first step is to go to the manufacturer to make sure the lever tool is designed for hoisting.  If the lever tool can be used for hoisting, then you need to pre-plan the lift. To do this, you need to know the share of load and go through the calculations to determine the center of gravity. From there you will be able to size your tensions and choose the right lever tool for the application.

To learn more about rigging using lever tools, we suggest you watch our safety webinar on this topic here.

Locking Up a Lever Tool Brake
In general, lever tools are defined by the type of brake they use:

  • Weston-Type, that utilizes friction discs and a ratchet and pawl
  • Ratchet & Pawl, that is a more archaic design similar to an old car jack.

To avoid locking up the hoist, we recommend a lever tool with a Weston-type brake for hoisting applications. These tools rely on friction and provide a smoother operation. To use the Weston-type brake tool you will need to release the load on the brake before removing the load. When the load is a few inches from the ground, switch the hoist to unload and release the tension by operating the handle. This will prevent the hoist from locking. If this is not an option, then you will need to use a ratchet-and-pawl-type lever tool to prevent the hoist from locking when the tension is removed.

Want to learn more about properly rigging and lifting a load? Watch our August Safety Webinar entitled “Determining the Center of Gravity.”

Peter Cooke
Peter Cooke is a Training Manager specializing in Rigging & Load Securement for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.
CM launches the Bandit – our lightest and most compact ratchet lever hoist ever

CM launches the Bandit – our lightest and most compact ratchet lever hoist ever

Bandit-BlogColumbus McKinnon is very excited to introduce its newest product, the CM Bandit 3/4 and 1-1/2 ton ratchet lever hoist, to the Canadian marketplace. The CM Bandit is loaded with Bandit-imagefeatures and benefits that will make it one of the most versatile hoists on the market today.

What makes the CM Bandit so great?
We listened to our customers and took the time to fully understand what they needed from a ratchet lever hoist. With that in mind, we designed the CM Bandit to be lightweight and compact for easy portability and use in confined spaces. We also included features like easy free chaining, a 360°rotating handle and bolted-on hooks with wide throat openings for ease of use.

As always, we kept user safety in mind. The Bandit has a screwed-on, comfort-fit rubber grip to prevent slippage; forged safety latches on the upper and lower hooks for positive and secure load engagement; double reduction gearing for lower handle effort; an enclosed Weston style break to prevent contaminants from entering; and an optional load limiter to help prevent overloading of the hoist. It also includes 100% load-tested, zinc-plated chain and parts for corrosion resistance.

Bandit-HMIWe are proud to say that the Bandit is the world’s first ratchet lever hoist to be HMI-Certified. This means that Columbus McKinnon and the Bandit has met strict HMI requirements,  including a Declaration of Conformity for technical, service and support.

We are very excited to bring this new product to our customers, knowing it addresses all of their ratchet lever hoist needs. To learn more about the CM Bandit, check out our product videos available on Youtube. These videos explain how the product works and show you all the features in action.

Our videos include:

Coming Soon to the USA
For those of you in the U.S. stay tuned. We’ll be launching the CM Bandit here in America on October 17. Check back closer to our launch date for more information.

Tim Lewis
Tim Lewis is a Business Development Manager at Columbus McKinnon Corporation.
Webinar Teaches Inspection & Maintenance of CM Hurricane 360 & Short Handle Puller

Webinar Teaches Inspection & Maintenance of CM Hurricane 360 & Short Handle Puller

Do you want to learn how to inspect our new CM Hurricane 360 chain hoist?
Peter Cooke, our Training Manager for Rigging & Load Securement, will teach you how to properly disassemble, inspect and reassemble our popular CM Hurricane 360 hand chain hoist in our free Safety Webinar.  Peter will also walk you though how to set the brake on our CM Hurricane 360 and explain how it can handle your most challenging applications.

Do you have applications that call for drifting a load, standing above a load, or working in confined spaces?
Unlike traditional hand chain hoists, the Hurricane 360 may be used in any direction due to its patented hand chain cover. It rotates 360 degrees allowing a convenient way to move loads without standing under or near the load. The hoist allows for positioning, pulling and lifting of loads from virtually any angle – making it the only hoist of its kind in the industry.

If you have dealt with these tough conditions when operating a hoist, check out our above videos and see how well the Hurricane handles the job.

Plus, Learn How to Inspect a CM Short Handle Puller
During the webinar, Peter will also cover proper inspection techniques for our CM Short Handle Puller. This hoist has a similar brake, yet requires a different approach to set it than your typical Weston type brake. This mechanism was designed for precision positioning and is weatherized.

CM Hurricane 360˚and CM Short Handle Puller Safety Webinar



Gisela Clark
Gisela Clark is an eMarketing Specialist for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.
Benefits of the Short Handle CM Series 653

Benefits of the Short Handle CM Series 653


Our customer asks: “Why did you develop a CM Series 653 ratchet lever hoist with a shorter handle? What are the advantages of the shorter handle?”

Answer:  We are continuously looking to improve existing products. The main reason why we redesigned our lever hoist with a shorter handle was to facilitate usage in confined spaces, a highly sought after feature. Other advantages offered by a shorter handle include:

  • Reduced weight of the overall hoist, making it even easier to carry and operate;
  • Allows the operator to take full advantage of the 360 degree rotating handle with less worry of obstructions;
  • Easier to fit and maneuver in confined spaces.



Download a brochure of our 653 Lever Hoist to learn more about one of the most nimble hoists on the market today.


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Gisela Clark
Gisela Clark is an eMarketing Specialist for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.
Coffing and CM Ratchet Lever Hoists: Great Benefits and One-Handed Free Chaining

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

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!

Tim Lewis
Tim Lewis is a Business Development Manager at Columbus McKinnon Corporation.