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Economy Tool Post Mount Sky Hooks

Weighting only 23 lbs., the Economy Sky Hooks with Tool Holder Base are the perfect lifting solution for lifting chucks, vices and large pieces onto lathes, mills, benches and other equipment. These Sky Hooks can lift and position heavy, awkward loads with a simple one-hand operation. As part of the Economy Sky Hook product line, these models incorporate our economical, lever operated friction braking mechanism. The friction brake allows for safe, efficient lifting of up to 500 lbs.

The dovetail style base is designed to quickly mount to the existing tool post on your lathe. With the addition of the optional bolt-down adapter, the Sky Hook can be easily mounted to any suitable flat surface including mill tables and benches. Be sure to check out the selection chart to determine the right Sky Hook Model # to fit your quick change tool post.

The Tool Post Mount Sky Hooks are available in both roller chain and cable configurations. Be sure to also check out the Premium Sky Hook Product Line which incorporates our LoadLock clutch brake for a more simplified, easy-to-use brake operation.

Model #: 8500
Economy Chain Sky Hook with Base to Fit Quick Change Tool Holder
Chain Sky Hook
  • #35 Steel Roller Chain
  • Consistent Drive Rate
  • Chain Stored Inside Vertical Tube
  • Chain Travel: 55”
  • Rate of Lift: 1”/ Handwheel Revolution

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Model #: 9500
Economy Cable Sky Hook with Base to Fit Quick Change Tool Holder
Cable Sky Hook
  • 3/16” Galvanized Steel Wire Rope
  • Easy Inspection
  • Cable Stored On Spool
  • Cable Travel: 100”
  • Rate of Lift: 1.5”/ Handwheel Revolution

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Economy Tool Post Mount Sky Hooks Features & Benefits:

  • Prevents lifting injuries
  • Bases to fit most quick change tool holders*
  • Uses one hand operation that does the work of four people
  • Safely lifts and positions up to 500 lbs. with one person
  • Designed for precision positioning
  • Economical brake style while allowing safe and controlled lifting up to 500 lbs.
  • Operates in tight working conditions
  • Easily detached and carried to different locations
  • Constructed of high strength steel
  • Maintenance free
  • Limited manufacturer’s warranty
  • Meets applicable O.S.H.A. & ASME requirements
  • Made in the U.S.A. since 1969
  • Bolt down adapters available for easy mounting to any suitable flat surface
  • CE marking available upon request

Economy Tool Post Mount Sky Hooks Specifications:

  • Load limit 500 lbs. / 227 kg.
  • Brake style: Lever Operated Friction Brake
  • Overall height (including base): 25.8”
  • Overall reach (center of hook to center of vertical tube): 21.3”
  • Sky Hook rotation in base: 360°
  • Weight: 23 lbs.
  • Controlled lowering of the load by pulling back on the friction brake lever while applying a slight amount of pressure to the handwheel with the palm of your hand
  • Brake automatically locks when hand is removed from brake lever
  • Custom modifications available

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Roller Chain vs. Cable

All Sky Hook models are offered in both roller chain and cable configurations. Each configuration has unique benefits which may make all the difference depending on the lifting application. From the first Sky Hooks built in 1969, roller chain has been the primary lifting tether for these one of a kind lifting devices. Even though cable is definitely more of an industry standard for lifting, roller chain has benefits that have to be considered before making the determination as to which is best suited for your application.

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Roller chain offers a consistent rate of travel as the chain passes over a set sprocket size and is stored in the vertical tube of the Sky Hook. Cable on the other hand stacks up on a spool, slightly increasing the amount of force required to lift the load as more of the cable is reeled in. However cable is typically quicker and easier to inspect. Many larger corporations require cable for all internal lifting devices.

Both the roller chain and cable are load rated to meet applicable safety standards. No matter which you choose, you’re sure to end up with a lifting device that will have a smooth and seamless operation.