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  1. How to Mount a Capstan Hoist to a Swivel Mount

    Capstan hoists have become a staple in the lifting and rigging industry. They are a lightweight, versatile, and strong tool that can help make a crew’s day a little bit easier. This week our Gear Experts® are going to break down how to properly mount a capstan hoist to a swivel mount.

    Size Matters


     

    Before we talk about the steps needed to properly mount the capstan hoist to the swivel bracket, it’s important for us to mention when you can use the swivel bracket. The swivel bracket can only be used with the 1,000 Pound Capstan Hoist. If you need to mount your 3,000 Pound Capstan Hoist, click here to check out our blog post on how to use the chain mount bracket.

    Assembling the Bracket


     

    The first part of mounting the capstan hoist requires assembling the bracket and attaching it to the truck.

    Step 1: Attaching the Swivel Plate to the Hitch

    Insert the swivel mount plate into a 2-inch hitch mount. The plate does not come with a key or pin to secure the plate onto the hitch. You will need to get a pin/key that fits the hitch you are using. **Do not use the setup until the plate is secured to the hitch with a pin/key.

    Step 2: Attaching the Swivel to the Plate

    The swivel bracket comes with four Grade 5 Bolts. Line the bracket up with the holes on the plate and secure the bracket into place with the included bolts. The bolts should be attached with the threads facing down. Ensure that you have tightened the bolts securely to hold the bracket in place.

    Step 3: Attaching the C-Bracket

    There is a pin on the back of the swivel mount bracket. This pin fits into the bottom of the C-Bracket to ensure that it is positioned correctly. Using a ½ inch allen wrench secure the C-Braket with the 4 provided screws.

    Step 4: Attaching the Capstan Hoist to the C-Bracket

    The C-Bracket has a pin on the back of it. This pin ensures that you will install the capstan hoist on the bracket correctly. The drum of the capstan hoist should be positioned directly above the center bolt of the swivel bracket. To correctly position the drum, make sure that the safety bar is on the back side of the load. Then, using the 6 screws that came with the C-Bracket, attach the capstan to the bracket.

    If you’ve got any questions about our selection of capstan hoists, mounts, accessories, or how to attach the hoist to a mount, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

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    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    Mounting the Capstan: The Video


     

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  2. Mounting a Capstan Hoist to a Pole, Tower, or Beam with the Chain Bracket

    Capstan hoists revolutionized the art of lifting and rigging. What used to have to be done by hand or with complicated rigs that utilized truck power can now be done with a lightweight single unit piece. The capacity of the capstan depends on the model that you get and depending on the capacity, the way that you secure the hoist may be different. This week our Gear Experts® are going to break down how to mount a capstan to a pole, tower, or beam with the chain bracket.

    Chain Bracket vs. Swivel Mount vs. Straight Mount


     

    Before we go over how to mount a capstan with the chain bracket it’s important to outline the other options, when each is appropriate, and why you would use the chain bracket. The three main mounting options are a chain bracket, swivel mount, and straight mount. The straight mount and swivel mount bracket fit onto the hitch of a truck, while the chain bracket is attached to a pole, tower, or beam.

    The straight mount bracket can be used when you have easy straight access to your rigging location. The downside? It doesn’t have the ability to change direction without moving the vehicle it is attached to. If you think moving direction might be something you’ll need to do while on the job site, then the swivel bracket may be better suited for your rig setup.

    The chain bracket is similar to the straight mount bracket due to flexibility being limited. However, the chain bracket can handle more weight. In fact, the chain mount bracket is the ONLY bracket that can be used in combination with the 3,000 lb Capstan Hoist.

    Pole Mounting


     

    Mounting the hoist on a pole is a simple process that can be done in just a few minutes. Before beginning to mount the hoist the first step is to open the binder as far as possible by turning the handle counter-clockwise. The bolts in the chain tubes should be removed to allow the tubes to pivot.

    Next, place the chain over the top of the drum of the capstan and hold the hoist against the pole. It is recommended that you hold the capstan against the pole with your leg so that you have both hands free for the next steps. Next, Wrap the chain around the pole and hook them into the slots on the bracket. The final step is to turn the binders clockwise to tighten the connection of the hoist to the pole.

    ** Please note that after a heavy initial load you may need to re-tighten the binders.

    Tower/Beam Mounting

     


     

    The majority of steps for tower/beam mounting of the hoist are the same as pole mounting. However, there is one main difference. That difference is making sure that the two bolts located at the wheel tightener end of the chain binders have been secured in place through both the binders and the bracket. If secured correctly a 90° angle should be created between the chain binders and the bracket. This 90° angle allows the hoist to be mounted to square surfaces like those found on a tower/beam. After the angle has been created the remaining steps in the pole mounting section can be followed.

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    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    Pole Mounting: The Video


    Looking to see an example of the proper way to use the chain mount for a pole? Check out this video for a complete breakdown.

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