A lever hoist VS chain hoist: how to choose the right manual hoist?

Hand chain hoists and lever hoists are both manual hoists of small size and lightweight, making them easy to carry. Especially in outdoor settings without power sources, manual hoists are ideal for short-distance lifting tools. 

However, there are some differences between the hand chain hoist and lever hoist.


The hand chain hoist operates by pulling the hand chain, which in turn drives the gears. The small gears drive the large gears, causing the lifting wheel to rotate and lift the load chain. On the other hand, the lever chain hoist functions by manually pressing and releasing the handle, utilizing the lever principle to engage the lifting chain.

For the hand chain hoist, lifting an object is achieved by pulling the hand chain clockwise, and lowering is achieved by pulling it in the opposite direction. The lever chain hoist has a more compact structure and an additional three positions. By adjusting the direction-changing knob on the handle, you can switch between the upper, neutral, and lower positions to facilitate ascent and descent. In the neutral position, you can directly manipulate the chain to adjust the position of the hook.

Lifting Capacity

The standard rated load of a lever chain hoist ranges from 0.25T to 9T. However, a hand chain hoist can handle loads up to 100T. For hoists of the same specifications, lever hoists have a smaller size and slightly lower prices compared to the chain hoists.

Lifting Height

The standard lifting height for a hand chain hoist is 3 meters, but the length of the hand chain and load chain can be customized according to specific requirements. The standard lifting height for a lever chain hoist is 1.5 meters. The handle of the lever hoist limits the length of the lifting chain, so the lifting height cannot be excessively high.


There are various styles and models of chain hoists, with slight variations between different factories. Common models include HSZ, HS-C, VT, and others. For lever hoists, most factories offer only two models, HSH-VA and HSH-VT. 

The predominant models in different countries’ markets may vary, and you can choose based on market demand and customer preferences.


The hand chain hoist is primarily designed for vertical lifting, and using it at an angle may lead to chain jamming or slipping.

 In contrast, the lever chain hoist is mainly utilized for horizontal traction, offering three key functions: traction, lifting, and tensioning. 

Therefore, for hoists of the same specifications, the lever chain hoist provides stronger functionality, higher efficiency, and a broader range of applications.


Hand chain hoists come in various specifications and diverse product offerings, making them more commonly encountered than lever chain hoists. They are widely used for lifting goods in factories, construction sites, docks, transportation, farms, warehouses, and other applications involving material handling and mechanical loading and unloading.

Lever chain hoists are suitable for tasks such as shipbuilding, electrical work, transportation, equipment installation in mines, tensioning of lines, and welding alignment. They are particularly well-suited for narrow spaces and locations without power sources.

Hope that the above differences can help you to choose the right manual hoist. 

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