Put it in simple words, a Chain Block is a lifting device operated by pulling a hand chain. A Lever Block is a lifting device operated by rotation of a handle/ lever.


Although these lifting devices have similar functions and appearances, they are operated differently.

Here are 3 differences between chain block and lever hoist:

  1. Chain block is used to lift and lower heavy loads vertically, while lever hoist is used to pull and lift in both vertically and horizontally or multi-directional positions.
  2. Lever hoist is operated using one hand by cranking the handle/ lever forward or backward. Chain blocks are operated with two hands by pulling down on the hand chain.
  3. Chain block gives you the ability to lift huge loads up to 50 tonnes with ease by using mechanical advantage. Its working load limit (WLL) is greater than a lever hoist which lifts a load up to 10,000 kg.

Chain blocks and lever hoists are excellent devices used for heavy-duty lifting and materials handling operations. A small pulling force will be turned to a larger force to handle heavy objects, thanks to the advanced lifting mechanism.

These manual hoists come with a compact design to fit in small spaces and allow ease of rigging. They can be easily managed by workers and are efficient to operate and serve their purpose efficiently. They are commonly used in construction, maintenance, and workspaces.

If your choice of a hoist is what is portable and does not require a power or electricity source, this is the one you are looking for. It is cost-efficient and easy to maintain. Most importantly, they are built with the highest quality material and are built to last.

Before selecting a suitable lifting device, you need to know the capacities of your loads to ensure you match the load with the correct block.  The application, size and the type of load must be taken into consideration in selecting the right hoist for your lift.