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    How are the import chain hoist? When they say 2 or 3 tons is it safe to lift 2 or 3 tons?

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    I bought a couple of Harbor Freight 1 tonners and a 2 ton acouple of years ago. I tested them agaist a borrowed dyno and can verify that they will indeed work to capacity for a half dozen load raise and lower cycles.

    It pays to test hoisting equipment before you put it into service.

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    • #3
      What happens on the 7th cycle?

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      • #4
        I have only a one ton that continues to perform but I have yet taken it to the limit. I would suggest a vigilant inspection of any lifting tool along with a regular maintenance schedule. If you are constantly loading tools to there limit, I suggest you move up to the next size. Although there's a safety factor built in, stresses will eventually weaken the metal.

        <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">When they say 2 or 3 tons is it safe to lift 2 or 3 tons?</font>
        You can lift 2 tons with a 2-ton and 3 tons with a 3-ton but don't lift 3 tons with a 2-ton.

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        • #5
          <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by CCWKen:
          You can lift 2 tons with a 2-ton and 3 tons with a 3-ton but don't lift 3 tons with a 2-ton. </font>
          or at least don't lift anything important.


          andy b.
          The danger is not that computers will come to think like men - but that men will come to think like computers. - some guy on another forum not dedicated to machining

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          • #6
            If the thing is made right, the lower hook will open before anything else gives way.

            The hook normally won't be really open until 3 or 4 times overload...... so when you see a stretched hook, you know its been there and back....

            On import, who knows? The hook might be the strongest part.... or the weakest.....
            1601

            Keep eye on ball.
            Hashim Khan

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            • #7
              One thing also...never trust a chain hoist to not freewheel under load. Normally a good quality one won`t but a cheap import? I sure never trust mine to always hold. I hook the lightweight hand chain to the load chain with a cheap S hook whenever I want a positive stop.
              Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

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              • #8
                Just bought a one ton Chiwan hoist off e-bay for 5$ { shipping 10$}. Haven't tried it yet . Will for sure try it on something that dosen't matter. Chain looks hardly strong enough to hold a dog . Chris

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                • #9
                  Chinese 1 ton cheapos work fine, except that the side covers don't want to stay on. Take them off, throw them out, and don't stick your fingers in the ratchet.

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