Yale Electric Chain Hoist Question

Hi, First a warning, then a question. I recently got ripped off by an ebay seller going by the name unclemonkeygocom. I would advise staying away from his auctions. I bought a Yale KEL Series 1/2 ton electric chain hoist. His description said it looked complete except for the electrical pendant control. The picture hid the fact that the top hanger hook or bracket, all but a foot or two of load chain, and the load hook were all missing. His defense is that he is not familiar with chain hoists. Dah! Even a complete idiot might notice if there are no hooks on a chain hoist. He did give me what amounted to a 25% refund, but that is the best he would do.

Now the question. I can solve the top mounting hook/bracket and I can get by with a non-swivel clevis type load hook if I have to, but the load chain seems to be a problem. I was able to download a manual from the web (Yale now apparently belongs to CM.) The specified load chain is 5/16 diameter and the pitch on the inside of the link is 0.790 inch. Problem is that all of the general purpose or transportation grade 5/16 inch chain I have been able to find has longer links. I do not really know for sure, but since the chain has to match up with what is effectively a square wheel, I doubt if the hoist drive mechanism is very tolerant of significantly different chain link pitches. Genuine Yale replacement chain is $15.94 per foot and a generic equivalent from a place calling itself Hoist Warehouse is $14.35 per foot (plus shipping in either case.) At this price even a modest 10 foot lift (12 feet of chain) will be more than double my present investment/loss. Anybody know a source for something close to the specified size chain at a reasonable price? Anyone have a dead hoist with serviceable chain? If I decide to cut my losses, does anybody need any used parts for a Yale KEL series chain hoist?

Thanks for your thoughts, Mill

Reply to
MP Toolman
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Never ever ever ever buy a hoist without the chain. That said, McMaster carries overhead lifting rated chain in 5/16" in a couple of link lengths. $4.11 per foot under 50 feet for the ungalvanized variety. Check out:

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Reply to
Grant Erwin

I feel your pain. Last Winter I needed a 1/2 ton 110 volt chain hoist with at least a 12 foot lift and could only find one with a 14 foot chain on it (doubled to a 7 foot lift). I suffered massive sticker shock when I found out how much they wanted for a longer replacement chain.

So I went down to Pacific Industrial Supply in Seattle and looked through their used hand chain hoists. I lucked out and found a CM Hand chain hoist with a 32 foot chain that matched my chain perfectly. I bought the hand hoist for $80 and swapped the chains between them.

So now I have a 1/2 ton electic hoist with a 15 foot lift (doubled-chain) and a 1/2 ton hand hoist with a 10 foot single chain for my driveway lifting frame.

To swap chains you make up a C-link by cutting a link of the chain so it has a gap on the side of the link big enough to slide the link off the chain. A thin abrive cut off wheel works well for this. Use the C-link to connect the end of the old chain to the end of the new chain and feed it through the motor.

The trickiest bit for me was getting the limit switches set correctly on the chain motor.

Reply to
Ernie Leimkuhler

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