# Thread: Pulleys : How to get to MA 14:1 with as few pulleys as possible .

1. ## Pulleys : How to get to MA 14:1 with as few pulleys as possible .

Hi all,

Im a Noob , and I need the help of the community to help me solve some of the issues I've been having with this recreational project I've been putting together.

As the title suggests, Im trying to construct a setup to attain a 14:1 Mechanical Advantage with as few pulleys as possible. Im trying to move my load 5 inches

Ive seen some concepts of compound and complex pulleys, but I cant quite wrap my mind around the setup .

This is my very first post on this forum ,so forgive me if I lack the etiquette the community expects.

Thanks and hope to hear from you all soon ,

Dylan

2. Your question may seem clear to you, but is way too nebulous for those not familiar with what you're trying to do. The "fewest possible pulleys" answer will depend entirely on things you haven't mentioned. Research how to post a sketch and show us what you have in mind so far. We need geometry, loads, supports, any restrictions (physical, cost, weight, etc.).

3. I certainly shall . Thank you very much for your response.

4. Originally Posted by jehuty8888
I certainly shall . Thank you very much for your response.

mid-way down on the webpage there are some pulley calculators and equations..

5. This is the way I want it to work . I dont know where to apply the pulley blocks so it maximizes the use of each pulley block as well as giving me the clearance between each block to ensure I can pull my load 5 inches.

Again , I am noob , so if theres anything you can give me help on , please let me know .

6. Will a 2 ton chain hoist work?

7. Originally Posted by Hudson
Will a 2 ton chain hoist work?
2 tons = 4,000lbs and you're lifting 2,000lbs - so yes.

8. ## Simplest solution

You can compound 4 x 2:1 simple setups using only 4 pulleys to get 16:1 advantage.

Timelord

9. A differential chain hoist has only three pulleys and can be made to have a 14:1 mechanical advantage. Although an off the shelf model, what ever the ratio, is a much easier solution than making one from scratch.

(And yes, I know that 2 tons provides a F.S. of 2.)

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