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

Lever hoists transfer a small force exerted by hand 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. Lever hoists typically have mechanical disk brakes that secure and hold the load in place. Lever hoists can be operated on almost any angle and are suitable for vertical lifting and lowering, and for pulling loads. They are used for a variety of construction, industrial, and small or home workshop applications.

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