Ratchet Lever Hoist Features Ergonomic Design

The ratchet lever hoist features a 360-degree rotating lever and a fold-out revolving handle.

The ratchet lever hoist features a 360-degree rotating lever and a fold-out revolving handle.

Columbus McKinnon Corp., a designer, manufacturer and marketer of material handling products, systems and services, has introduced a ratchet lever hoist, the CM Tornado 360, featuring the Sidewinder lever handle. Ergonomically designed for safety, the patent-pending CM Tornado 360 degree allows the operator to be more productive with less effort compared to conventional ratchet lever tools.

The CM Tornado’s Sidewinder lever handle features a 360-degree rotating lever and a fold-out revolving handle. Working in unison, these integrated components allow the operator to realize the full potential of 360-degree rotation while working in an ergonomic position. This design reduces repetitive wrist action experienced with traditional lever hoists, letting the operator utilize a full range of motion to work up to 12 times faster. The Tornado’s double-reduction gearing and bearings decrease pull force by up to 30 percent, minimizing operator fatigue as compared to using conventional ratchet lever tools.

The innovation behind the CM Tornado 360 is an example of Columbus McKinnon’s continued commitment to designing and manufacturing equipment for lifting, positioning and securing loads. The Tornado is available in 3/4 and 1-1/2 ton capacities with standard lifts up to 20 feet. Additional lifts are also available. The hoist features a lifetime warranty and meets the ASME B30.21 manually operated hoist standard. The CM Tornado 360 joins the CM family of hoist products, including the CM Hurricane 360 hand chain hoist.

Outside of the North American market, this hoist is available to customers under the Yale brand as the Yale Ergo 360 ratchet lever hoist. To learn more about the CM Tornado 360 or any of the other products, call Columbus McKinnon Channel Services at (800)888-0985 or visit the website.

Ergonomically Designed Tether Secures Tools and Prevents Injuries

The objective of personal tool tethering is to secure tools to prevent injury and damage to people and equipment below. At the same time, however, it is equally important the tether be ergonomically designed to maximize worker safety, productivity and convenience.

The new ergonomic Gear Keeper, model no. TL1-3014 tether for tools up to 15 pounds, employs a very low stretch force so as not to cause fatigue at full extension while providing the proper degree of comfortable recoil.

The new ergonomic Gear Keeper employs a very low stretch force so as not to cause fatigue at full extension while providing the proper degree of comfortable recoil.

The new ergonomic Gear Keeper, model no. TL1-3014 tether for tools up to 15 pounds, employs a very low stretch force so as not to cause fatigue at full extension while providing the proper degree of comfortable recoil. Delivering more than three times the stretch of competitive bungee-type tubular tethers, the Gear Keeper TL1-3014 elastic provides a gentle, low-resistance 61 percent stretch that minimizes a worker’s fatigue while maximizing his or her reach. This is achieved by having the elastic material sewn directly into the webbing during the manufacturing process.

The Gear Keeper tool tether also has a short retracted length (33 inches) and long extension (53 inches). This is a significant safety issue that helps avoid entanglement issues when climbing or working in close quarters. Additionally, to protect against “drop shock”, Gear Keeper tool tethers are load-tested with a built-in safety margin beyond the breaking point.

The TL1-3014 specifications include a fixed loop tool attachment lanyard constructed with a Spectra core inside of a tightly woven nylon cord. Tight weave means less chance of wear and snagging during use and easier threading through the tool’s lanyard loop. The tool attachment cord is typically the failure point of other lanyards. The TL1-3014 comes standard with an aluminum carabiner or with an optional stainless-steel carabiner (model no. TL1-3024).

The Gear Keeper tool tether also has a short retracted length (33 inches) and long extension (53 inches).

The Gear Keeper tool tether has a short retracted length (33 inches) and long extension (53 inches).

Learn More

Visit GearKeeper.com.
Call (888) 588-9981.

This “Roofers’ Choice” was determined by the product that received the most reader inquiries from the March/April issue’s “Materials & Gadgets” section.

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Tether Tools Ergonomically

The ergonomic Gear Keeper, model no. TL1-3014.

The ergonomic Gear Keeper, model no. TL1-3014.


The objective of personal tool tethering is to secure tools to prevent injury and damage to people and equipment below. It is equally important the tether be ergonomically designed to maximize worker safety, productivity and convenience. The ergonomic Gear Keeper, model no. TL1-3014, tether for tools up to 15 pounds employs a low stretch force to avoid causing fatigue at full extension while providing the proper degree of comfortable recoil. With its 33-inch retracted length and 53-inch extension, the tether avoids entanglement when climbing or working in close quarters. Gear Keeper tool tethers are load tested with a built-in safety margin beyond the breaking point.