The CM Hurricane Mini 360° Hand Chain Hoist…An Honest Review

What’s the CM Hurricane Mini 360° Hoist, and how can it help my lifting applications?

Matt Florjancic

Are you having trouble executing safe lifts in tight spaces or finding your current hoist is no longer fit for your lifting applications? Columbus McKinnon proved the answer to that question was a resounding “yes,” as its engineers designed the CM Hurricane Mini 360° Hand Chain Hoist.

This new hoist is ideal for multi-angle applications because it allows the operator to lift from virtually any position.

In this article, you’ll learn the following:

  • What the CM Hurricane Mini 360° Hand Chain Hoist is
  • Best-fit uses for the CM Hurricane Mini 360° Hand Chain Hoist
  • Why this hoist was created
  • Bad-fit applications for the CM Hurricane Mini 360° Hand Chain Hoist
  • What customers are saying about the CM Hurricane Mini 360° Hand Chain Hoist
  • What are some unique features of the CM Hurricane Mini 360° Hand Chain Hoist?

What Is the CM Hurricane Mini 360° Hand Chain Hoist?


The CM Hurricane Mini 360° Hand Chain Hoist…An Honest Review

Simply put, the CM Hurricane Mini 360° Hand Chain Hoist is the smallest and lightest hand chain hoist on the market, and features a 360° rotating hand wheel cover.

The CM Hurricane Mini 360° was designed to be portable for light-use work with its ¼ and ½- ton models. It was designed to fit inside a tool bag or tool box, much like the 602/603 mini lever hoists.

CM trainers consider this new hand chain hoist to be the tough, scrappy little brother / sister to the original Hurricane Hand Chain Hoist.

What Are Some This Hoist’s Unique Features?


The CM Hurricane Mini 360° Hand Chain Hoist…An Honest Review

The most important feature is the 360° rotating handle. That has really changed the industry, allowing the end-user to operate from any position or angle, even above the load. To have that angle flexibility and put it into a smaller hoist really has opened up so many opportunities.

Now, end-users have the ability to put a hoist into tight, compact spaces, while still maintaining a safe and efficient distance and 100% efficiency. That 360° rotation really allows the end-users to operate with the utmost safety and efficiency.

The CM Hurricane Mini 360° Hand Chain Hoist has another major safety feature, and that is the double Pawl Weston-style brake. That’s a feature unique to CM compared to other hoist manufacturers.

While unlikely, pawls can fail, causing the hoist brake to open and the load to drop. CM’s double Pawl Weston-style brake has a second pawl in the event the first pawl experiences a failure. The redundant safety feature gives users an added layer of safety when using the Hurricane Mini 360°.

For anyone with a maintenance group doing lighter-duty work, the big advantage of the CM Hurricane Mini 360° Hand Chain Hoist is its ease of portability.


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What Are the Best-Fit Uses for the CM Hurricane Mini 360°?


Built to handle nearly any low-capacity lift, the CM Hurricane Mini 360° Hand Chain Hoist is a good fit for the following fields:

  • Homes
  • Factories
  • Field construction
  • Agriculture
  • Warehouses
  • Small equipment installation

Because of its anti-corrosive properties, the CM Hurricane Mini 360° Hand Chain Hoist is durable in chemical and marine environments.

It’s considerably smaller than other hoist models, but still offers enough strength to handle lighter construction or steel mill work, as well as with crane repair and installation.

Why Was the CM Hurricane Mini 360° Created?


The main problem CM was trying to solve was weight.

Going back to the portability, some of the larger hand chain hoists are just a little cumbersome to move from jobsite to jobsite. CM had the ability to create a hoist that was smaller, lighter weight, and much more compact.

Additionally, the CM Hurricane Mini 360° fits into tighter spaces where, in some cases, workers were forced to use a lever tool that doesn’t fit. This gives workers the ability to utilize the same features CM has on the full-size Hurricane 360° Hand Chain Hoist.

You can get this new hoist into tighter spaces, and rotate the hand chain wheel at any angle during a lift. It’s a lot more versatile, and can easily get into tight spaces when compared to a larger hand chain hoist, or another lever hoist.

What Are Some Bad-Fit Applications for the CM Hurricane Mini 360° Hand Chain Hoist?


The CM Hurricane Mini 360° Hand Chain Hoist…An Honest Review

The CM Hurricane Mini 360° Hand Chain Hoist is only available at ¼-ton and ½-ton capacities. This hoist is built to handle standard lifts of 10’ and 20’.

Unfortunately, the hoist is not configurable at all.

You’re going to stay away from applications where you need:

  • Spark resistance
  • To lift anything over a ½-ton

There’s some resistance to chemicals with this hoist, which allows it to function in indoor and outdoor applications. However, if this hoist will remain exposed to the elements for outdoor applications 24-7, or if you’re working around certain chemicals, you’ll need to consult with a CM lifting specialist before purchasing a hoist or performing a lift.

CM wants to be aware of what your typical and most extreme working conditions are to see if the Hurricane Mini 360° Hand Chain Hoist is the right fit for your lifting applications. CM recommends that everyone who will use the hoist knows the environment. If there’s anything questionable in your working environment, consult CM, explain your usage of the hoist, and get their approval for use before putting the hoist into service.

What Do People Say About The CM Hurricane Mini 360° Hand Chain Hoist?


The CM Hurricane Mini 360° Hand Chain Hoist…An Honest Review

Columbus McKinnon welcomes any and all feedback from its customers, and thus far, has received positive reviews of the CM Hurricane Mini 360° Hand Chain Hoist.

End-users love this hoist because of its compact size and price point. Customers have expressed their appreciation that the CM Hurricane Mini 360° Hand Chain Hoist has all of the features of the full-size Hurricane 360°. That includes the rotating hand chain wheel in a more compact version.

Currently, CM is selling the Hurricane Mini 360° Hand Chain Hoist at a higher pace than initially expected.

How Can You Purchase a CM Hurricane Mini 360°?


The CM Hurricane Mini 360° Hand Chain Hoist…An Honest Review

Mazzella is a preferred distributor of hand chain hoists and other CM products for all of your lifting needs. We sell a variety of hoists, hooks, trolleys, chain slings and other types of hardware.

If you don’t think the CM Hurricane Mini 360° Hand Chain Hoist is the right fit, but still have a need for a hoist, we have other resources for you. Mazzella distributes CM chain hoists powered by:

  • Lever
  • Hand
  • Compressed air
  • Electricity

Click here to visit our CM supplier page today to learn more about our product offerings.

Call us at 800.362.4601 or click here to contact a lifting specialist to learn more about or purchase a new chain hoist.


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