All Lug-All Come Along Manual Ratchet Winch Hoists are designed with ratchet handles that easily attach and detach from the mainframe. The U-frame aligns with two holes at the base of the handle, and the handle locks in place with a wing nut. This simple design makes it easy for users to remove and replace the handle whenever and wherever they need to.
There are several benefits in the ability to remove the hoist handle quickly and easily. One benefit of removable handles in Lug-All hoists is that the handles can incorporate a form of overload protection. If a wire rope hoist is accidentally overloaded, the handle will bend to alert the user of the overload condition. The user can then replace the handle with a new one rather than replacing the entire hoist, saving time and money.
Some handles with the same capacity are also interchangeable, and there are handles of different lengths available for most capacities. If the length of the standard handle interferes with a worker’s ability to do a job, a shorter handle can be purchased to allow the user to work in a smaller space. Removing the handle also makes Lug-All hoists more compact and easier to store when not in use, and a hoist without a handle is less likely to be tampered with or stolen from a worksite if it’s left unattended.
The removable handle design of the hoist means that the handle is also reversible. These reversible handles make it easy to get the most leverage on the hoist regardless of the hoist’s orientation. This function can be useful when the position of a hoist causes interference between the handle and its surroundings. To use a Lug-All hoist correctly, the user must pull the handle through its full range of motion. If any surrounding structures obstruct the handle’s motion, the handle can be reversed to operate on the other side of the hoist frame to restore the full line of travel without changing the hoist’s position.
Because changing the position of the handle also changes the direction the handle is pulled to ratchet, it changes the position of the person operating the hoist. This function can be important when the operator needs to see the load while operating the hoist. In the standard orientation, the hoist ratchets when pulling the handle toward the load, which leaves the operator facing away from the load. By reversing the handle, the hoist ratchets by pulling away from the load, allowing the user to ensure the pull goes smoothly.
The reversable handles also allow users to change the direction of the ratchet pull while the hoist is under tension if the conditions change during the operation. This feature is typically most important when using a web strap hoist; wire rope hoists can swivel at the hooks, but swiveling with a web strap hoist can cause the strap to twist. In this case, it is better to switch the handle around to keep the strap straight and flat.
There are many benefits to removable handles on Lug-All hoists, and reversibility is just one of the features that make them some of the hardest-working tools on the market. Pulley blocks, different hook options, reversible handles, and other features make Lug-All hoists versatile and flexible enough to tackle any job.