Benefits of the Welded Hook Design
At Lug-All, we strive to provide the hardest working and most reliable manual winch-hoists on the market. Our commitment to quality and durability means we are always searching for ways to improve our winch hoists. Our new welded hook design is a part of that ongoing commitment.
All Lug-All Wire Rope and Web Strap Come Along Ratchet Winch Hoists are manufactured with swiveling hooks. This swiveling hook design allows users to operate a Lug-All winch hoist in whatever orientation they need.
The swiveling hook feature is a key part of what improves the usability of Lug-All winch hoists. The hooks are secured using a nut with a through-hole, and a roll pin inserted through the nut and hook shank prevents the nut from spinning while the hook swivels. When higher capacity hoists were used repeatedly under full load, the hook swiveling could cause the roll pin to bend and eventually deform.
Although the roll pin would only deform under extreme conditions, it would allow the nut to spin freely on the hook shank, so it could eventually work loose. The deformed roll pin could be replaced to repair the hook assembly, but leaving the nut unsecured could become dangerous if it went undetected.
To address the problem permanently, our Lug-All engineers decided to change to a new design. Instead of a roll pin connection, the new hook design has the nut secured to the hook shank through welding. The welded hook design is the strongest and most efficient method of connection, which helps to extend the lifespan of your Lug-All winch hoists.
The greatest benefit of the new hook design is that it does a better job of keeping the hooks secure. Because the hooks do not have roll pins that could deform, your Lug-All winch hoist is less likely to require repair or maintenance. You can expect improved durability and reduced downtime.
There are several indirect benefits as well. One additional problem the new welded design addresses is a production bottleneck. Previously, the roll pin hook connections had to be inspected individually. Because the hooks are welded in-house by a qualified welder, the inspection process is less time intensive.
The new design can also simplify inspection for the end user. While it does not eliminate the need for regular visual inspections, the welded connection can be easier to examine than the roll pin connection. Our goal is to provide superior products, and the welded hook design is one way we are continuing to reach for that goal.