Hand chain hoists are devices that lift, lower, and move heavy loads. They are commonly suspended from structures by hook or trolley mounts, and used in the transportation, construction, manufacturing, mining, and material handling industries, among others.

Hand chain hoists transfer a small force exerted by a hand-operated chain across a series of gears or pulleys which multiply the force into one large enough to lift the designated load. This makes it possible for an operator to manage heavy loads. The load is typically lifted by a hook that is attached to a chain, rope, or wire. Hand chain hoists typically have mechanical disk brakes that secure and hold the load in place. Hand chain hoists are suitable for vertical lifting and lowering, and are used for a variety of construction, industrial, and small or home workshop applications.

When selecting a hand chain hoist, consider the load capacity and lift, according to the specific application. Load capacity is the maximum weight a manual chain hoist can handle, expressed in pounds or tons. Lift is the maximum vertical distance the load hook can move a load, expressed in feet.