Replacing the Stress Link on Your Lug-All Web Strap Hoist

Lug-All Web Strap Hoists are designed to ensure the safety of the user and the hoist. Each web strap hoist is built with a breakable stress link, located next to the overload link. The stress link is important to the safety of the hoist operator, and it ensures that the hoist itself stays in good working condition for as long as possible.

Overloading a ratchet winch hoist can be very dangerous, but if a Lug-All hoist is used beyond its rated capacity, the stress link will literally snap. This warns the operator to back off the load before injury or damage is incurred.

Web Strap Hoist Diagram

Figure 1

The overload link has elongated holes that allow enough movement for the stress link to snap, while still holding the handle socket assembly together. Once the stress link snaps, the hoist should not be used again until the link is replaced.

The benefit to replacing the stress link is that it’s an extremely inexpensive part to purchase and quite easy to install. Without the stress link, the hoist could be accidentally overloaded, potentially causing severe injury or damage to the operator, the load, and the hoist itself.

Replacing The Stress Link

 Replacing the stress link on your Lug-All Web Strap Hoist is really easy. It’s important to note, however, that a spare overload link is not supplied with your hoist. If you need to replace your overload link for any reason, you will need to purchase that part. To replace the stress link, follow the simple steps below:

Step 1: Disconnect the Hand Assembly

  • Remove the handle from the u-frame by carefully removing the wing nut. See Figures 2 and 3.
  • Remove the link pin nuts and threaded link pins.
  • Remove and discard the old stress link

Figure 2:

Figure 2

Figure 3:

Figure 3

Step 2: Replace the Stress Link

  • Position the overload link and new stress link
  • Install the threaded link pins and nuts
  • Re-install the handle onto the u-frame

Step 3: Note

  • It’s important to remember to use one stress link and one overload link
  • Attempting to use two overload links instead of one stress link and one overload link will provide excessive strength and eliminate the “safety” valve action of the handle and can cause extensive damage to the hoist.

Once the stress link has been replaced and the hoist is re-assembled, you can begin regular use. If you are confused about the parts mentioned in this post, check out Figure 1 for clarification. As always, we are available to answer any questions or assist you in any way possible. Please feel free to contact us at 877-658-4255 with any questions or concerns.


  1. andrew capistron says:

    Why are stress links different colors? Is it rating or better visability? Literature does not specify particular stress link part #’s for hoists.

    1. Kristina Harman says:

      Great question. We are actually working on updating this information on our new site. So, the part numbers associated with each individual stress link dictate its color. They’re color-coded so they’re easily identified. If you go to our parts section on the Lug-All website and click on hardware, you will see stress links on there. But, here’s a breakdown of which stress link goes with which hoist(s):
      The stress link #636 is compatible with the following hoists: 1-1/2-ton web strap hoist (#25-A), 1-1/2-ron web strap hoist with hot stick rings (#25-B),1-1/2-ton web strap hoist with eyebolt main frame (#25-i). The stress link #614 is compatible with the following hoists: 1-ton web strap hoist (#2-A), 1-ton web strap hoist with hot stick rings (#2-B).
      The stress link #518 is compatible with the following hoists: 1-1/2-ton web strap hoist (#3-A), 1-1/2-ton web strap hoist with hot stick rings (#3-B), 1-1/2-ton web strap hoist (#35-A).
      And, the stress link #572 is compatible with the following hoists: 2-ton web strap hoist (#4-A), 2-ton web strap hoist with hot stick rings (#4-B), 2-ton web strap hoist (#40-A). I hope this helps. If you have any additional questions or concerns, feel free to call the factory! Our experts will be happy to help you out. Thanks for reading!

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