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Product Spotlight: AB Chance Capstan Rope Lock

AB Chance Capstan Hoist Rope LockCapstan hoists are a staple in the lifting and rigging industry. They're lightweight, versatile, and strong tools that make the day a little bit easier. This week our Gear Experts® are spotlighting the AB Chance Capstan Rope Lock and reissuing our break down on how to properly mount a capstan hoist to a swivel mount.

AB Chance Capstan Hoist Rope Lock

  The AB Chance Capstan Hoist Rope Lock device was designed to give you greater control while using your capstan hoist. The rope lock automatically supports the load when the fall line is released until the operator resumes hoisting. The release lanyard permits lowering or lifting loads with precise control over speed and distance. The Rope Lock was designed for AB Chance Series 90 - 1,000 lb capacity capstan hoists. It accepts 1/2'', 5/8'', and 3/4'' rope.  

Swivel Brackets

  A 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-Bracket 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 backside 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®. → Click here to see the swivel mount bracket → Click here to see the 1,000-pound capstan → Click here to see our full selection of capstans and accessories **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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*Much of the information provided in this blog was sourced from Hubbell Power Systems.