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.
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
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.