The Differences Between a Cable Winch Hoist and a Web Strap Hoist

Hoists can serve a variety of purposes, or as we like to say, “There are a 1001 Uses for A Lug-All.” But, there are many things that differentiate one hoist from another—aside from manufacturing and branding. Let’s start with the most obvious: Cable Hoist Vs. Web Strap Hoist. Here’s everything you need to know.


Web-strap ratchet winch hoists are designed for overhead maintenance and the construction of energized power lines. The insulated web strap makes it safer for utility workers to repair and maintain live wires than comparable cable hoists.

These lightweight hoists have one-hand portability and are easy to use in any position. Insulated straps and handles protect against shock, and the easily replaceable stress link breaks on a 25 percent overload OR 125 percent of the rated capacity, making it an excellent accident preventative. The stress link actually signals the operator of an overload condition by snapping before the fiberglass handle breaks and the load-carrying part of the hoist is overloaded. This not only prevents damage to the hoist itself, but it also protects workers from a potentially dangerous situation. Another advantage of the stress link breaking on the hoist is that the hoist still operates to release the load, and the stress link is extremely inexpensive and easy to replace. This allows you to replace the link rather than the entire hoist.

Lug-All Web Strap Come Along Ratchet Winch Hoists are easily recognized by the distinctive shape of their open cast aluminum frames, which allows for easy visual inspection and cleaning. The self-lubricated bushings throughout the housing and on the pulley assure smooth operation. Each hoist is built with a double interlocking pawl mechanism to ensure positive load holdings in all environments. The double-flanged drum prevents the web strap from coming into contact with the ratchet teeth, and the optional hot stick rings widen the safety margin by eliminating direct contact with the hoist. There are six one-inch diameter rings on the hooks, handle, and pawl shaft, which allow a lineman to position the hoist with a holding stick or shot gun.

Lug-All Web Strap hoists come in multiple small, medium, and convertible models, with five additional hook styles to meet the needs of your specific application. Hook styles include standard latching hooks, hot stick rings and latching hooks, gate type hooks, gate type hooks and hot stick rings, and hot stick rings and hot stick hook latches. The hook style options ensure you’re using the right hook for the right job.

Our standard latching hook is forged with alloy steel for strength and durability. The swivel gate hook latch revolves on the hook shank and locks under spring tension in the open or closed position. The hot stick ring with standard latching hook option includes a welded one-inch diameter ring, along with standard latches for use with approved hot stick tools. The swivel gate hook with hot stick ring provides the same revolving and locking hook shank features as our standard swivel gate, but incorporates a one-inch diameter welded hot stick ring. And, the hot stick ring with hot stick hook latch option includes rings on the hook and latch for use on energized lines. Using holding sticks, the latch and hook are easily maneuvered in any application.


Lug-All Cable Come Along Ratchet Winch Hoists are much more compact than their chain hoist counterpart. With a cable hoist, operators no longer have to worry about dragging chains; the cable is always neatly stored on the drum. These compact tools are used in a myriad of applications, from construction and renovation, to pump and motor installation, marine applications, fence tensioning, rigging, tree services, and practically any other exacting task you can think of.

Each cable hoist is extremely maneuverable, with flexible aircraft cable and fast-connecting, 360-degree swiveling hooks and safety latches for quick, positive loading and unloading—even with gloves on. Each Lug-All cable hoist is built for exacting load management. The smooth winch operation and precise load adjustment is the result of precision machining up to 0.001” tolerances, and workers can quickly lower their load four times faster using the rapid lowering option “R”.

The handles on all Lug-All Cable hoists are designed to bend at 125 percent of the rated capacity, preventing further damage to the hoist and protecting workers from injury. Our cable hoists are built with smooth cast housing, precise ratcheting action, and meticulous load tensioning to ensure you can work more accurately, and your hoist will work longer, with much less wear. In fact, each cable hoist requires minimal hoist maintenance, with open frames for instant tool inspection, lubricated-for-life bearings, and crimped copper sleeves to capture cable strands. While other brands use set screws, which require two to three unusable wraps of cable around the drum, our ball-shank-terminal securely anchors the cable to its drum to ensure full use of the cable length. Our marine grade models are designed for corrosive environments, making it the perfect tool for marine and boating applications.

Lug-All Cable hoists come in 17 standard models, each one allowing one-handed operation, and neatly storing the cable on the drum. Our three hoist configurations consist of a double line lift, single line straight lift, and single line lift using the hoist’s pulley block.