Everything You Need to Know About Buying Chain Slings

Published On November 17, 2016 | By Paul Petersen | Sales & Services

Chains are generally used for binding things together. Made from metallic links, chains can be used for hoisting different items and providing support. However, depending upon the type of metal used and the thickness of the chain, the specific applications may vary. Chains are commonly used for tying heavy items together. Larger chains are also used for hooking up ships. However, in a warehouse, chains are mostly used for making a sling of sorts. The sling can be used for lifting heavy items.

Chain slings are primarily used in workshops for lifting heavy equipment, such as the engine of a car or a large piece of machinery. The slings are usually tied to a hook in the wall to provide support. However, if you are looking to purchase a chain sling for use in your shop, there are several things that you should know. Here is some basic information that you should keep in mind when buying your own sling.

Grades

Companies such as Brindley Chains sell slings with various different grades. One of the most common grades available right now is the Grade 8 chain. It’s widely used in the UK in a host of different applications, and it is also known as Linx-8. Not only is this product extremely affordable, but these chains are also made from high quality materials to ensure that they last you for several years to come. They are available in sizes ranging from 6mm to 22mm, and they are supplemented with a host of different fittings. This makes them versatile enough to be used in a host of different applications.

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On the other hand, Grade 10 chains are able to support a greater amount of weight as compared to their grade 8 counterparts. It offers 25% load capacity, which enhances the working load limit. These chains are also available with a number of different hooks and fittings, thus allowing the user to utilise them in a number of different ways. Other grades include Grade 12 and Grade 6+. Either way, before you decide to purchase any sort of sling, you should read about the different grades and the working load limits assigned to each grade. This will give you a better idea as to whether the chain is a wise choice depending upon the application you need to use it for.

Slings and Hooks

When you purchase a chain, you will also need to buy a sling or a hook along with it as well. In some cases, these are available directly through the same website that sells chains. However, if you require a particular type of swing or hook, you will have to ask the company to specially make one for you. Most companies also offer fabrication services and they can create a specific kind of hook as per your requirements. Obviously, the prices of different machines vary depending upon the length of the machine and the grade that you select. You can request quotes from two or three different suppliers before making a decision about where to buy the slings.

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