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What grade of sling chain works best?

Only alloy chain slings should be used for overhead lifting chain applications.  Grade 80 Chain and Grade 100 Chain are the preferred grade used for all of our chain lifting slings.  Alloy grade 80 chain slings offer the strength and durability required of a lifting chain that will be used for the toughest of jobs. This grade of lifting chain also offers the best performance under high temperatures or under other harsh conditions that would destroy other types of lifting slings.  Grade 100 chain is increasing in popularity as many chain sling suppliers are converting to this stronger, yet lighter grade. 

Rigging chains built to your specifications

Your rigging chains need to meet the specifications for your specific application and environment. Every chain rigging sling we offer can be customized to your needs with sling chain configuratiosn that include single-leg, double-leg, triple-leg, quad-leg, basket, and adjustable. You can also choose the exact sling fittings for the ends of your rigging chains including sling hooks, grab hooks, foundry hooks, self-locking hooks, clevis hooks, and oblongsCustom chain sling assemblies are our specialty.  


Why choose lifting chain over other materials?

Lift chain is the most flexible material available for lifting slings. This flexibility means our fabricated chains are the best crane chain slings the industry has to offer that can still be stored in very small places and yet these lift chain assemblies are also the strongest and most durable lifting chains and slings. 

Chain Slings are available in many sizes and configurations that use wire diameteres from 9/32" to 1-1/4" or larger to create custom chain sling assemblies and lifting chains can be made with limitless configurations.

Lifting Chain Slings Safety and Testing

Our lifting chain is quenched and tempered before proof testing for twice the strength of ordinary steel chain. The minimum elongation is 20% at break test. Our Peer-Alloy Chain meets or exceeds the latest guidelines of the National Association of Chain Manufacturers (NACM), ANSI B30.9 standards and OSHA specifications. Our chain lifting slings are all proof-tested to 2x the vertical rating, ISO certified and tagged appropriately.

Sling Chain Pricing

The steel market is a very volatile market for materials and therefore doesn't allow us to add pricing to all our sling listings like the nylon slings, polyester round slings, or wire rope slings. Call our sales staff and we can provide you with the specification and pricing for your rigging slings. We can offer fixed pricing for an extended time. Please call toll free at 800-660-3585 and we will be happy to assist you.

Our chain slings are custom made to meet your specifications, therefore all chain slings are non-returnable. 

Lifting Chains & Rigging Chain Configurations

Single Leg Chain Sling

A length of chain with fittings on each end used for lifting in a vertical hitch. This sling chain can be combined with unlimited fittings to suit your application.

Double Leg Chain Sling

Two single leg chain slings joined by an oblong at the top. This lifting chain is rated for both legs to be used simultaneously at a 60 degree angle.

3 Leg Chain Sling

Three single leg chain slings joined by a special oblong sub-assembly at the top of the lifting chains. Rated for lifting when legs are at 60 degree angles from the object.

4 Leg Chain Sling

Four single leg chain sling asemblines joined by a sub-assembly at the top of rhte rigging chain. Rated to lift using all 4 legs at 60 degree angles.

Basket Slings

This lifting chain is a loop of chain with both ends connected by an oblong at the top. This rigging chain is used to loop under the object to cradle and lift like a "basket".

Double Basket Sling

Two loops of chain with all four sling chain ends connected attached to an oblong. Used to cradle a load with the sling loops spread apart for additional balance.

Single Adjustable Chain Sling

An overhead lifting chain with one single leg sling and an additional shorter leg with a grab hook. This allows you to slide the longer lifting chain's links into the grab hook to shorten the length when needed.

Double Adjustable Chain Sling

This double leg chain sling has two additional shorter legs with grab hooks. Links from the longer sling chain can slide into the grab hooks to adjust the primary lifting chains to the appopriate length for your load.

Endless Basket Sling

An endless loop of chain with an oblong through it allowing that allows the lfting chain to rotate through the oblong freely.

Double Endless Basket Sling

Two endless loops of chain connected at the top of the overhead lifting chain assembly by an oblong. Chain moves freely through the oblong but allows for better load balance across the two legs.

Endless Chain

Simply an endless loop of chain used for lifting. No oblong is included.

Sling Hooks

Slip Sling Hook

A large throat hook used primarily at the ends of wire rope and chain slings. Usually self-locking to avoid disconnect.

Grab Sling Hook

A small throat hook that attached to the chain by sliding over the chain inbetween links. This hook locks into place by 'grabbing' the chain and will not slide along the chain.

Foundry Hooks

An EXTRA large throat hook used in unique situations that require a larger opening to manage loads.

Self-Locking Sling Hook

A self locking sling hook actually pivots in the middle and locks when lifting pressure is applied. This hook cannot be opened while unit is lifted with your overhead lifting chains.

Oblong Master Link

The oblong master link is an oblong shaped ring used at the top of wire rope and chain slings

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Lifting Chains: 

All Chains and Components used in the making of our Lifting Chain kits are of the best quality.


Follow this link to see the Chain Components used with Lifting Chains.

If you do not require any help choosing the correct Lifting Chain and wish to go directly to view our Lifting Chain Products. If object is fragile or liable to scratch then you may want to look at our Webbing Slings.

  

  Lifting Chain specifications are as follows:

  • Choice of 1, 2, 3, or 4 Lifting Chain Legs
  • Choice of 2 Clevis Hooks - Standard Sling Hook or Safety Self Locking Hook
  • Choice of Chain Lengths*  1, 2, 3, & 4 (meters)
  • Chain Thicknesses Available (mm) 7, 8, 10, 13, 16
  • Shortening Clutch – As Optional Extra
  • Grade 80 Chain with oil coating
  • longer length chains to order


Before you proceed to purchase our Lifting Chains you will need to consider the following points. 
I know exactly what I want and would like to go directly to the Lifting Chains. 

  • How many Lifting Chain Legs do I need?
  • What Length do I need my Chain Legs to be with my Lifting Chain?
  • What chain thickness will I need for the Legs of my Lifting Chain?
  • What hook should I choose for my Lifting Chain?
  • Do I need a Shortening Clutch for my Lifting Chain?

To find your answers to these questions please read the information below. Also refer to the Lifting Chain chart for help that can be found at the bottom of this page. 

How many Lifting Chain Legs do I need?


Before choosing how many Legs you require for your Lifting Chain you need to consider the following with regards to the object you are lifting; weight, size and shape.

Weight will determine what chain thickness you will need and if you will need extra Chain Legs for a safe lift.
Size and Shape can determine whether more chains will be needed to help stabilise a safe lift whilst the object is in the lifting process. 


What chain thickness will I need for the Legs of my Lifting Chain?


This will be determined by the weight of the object you are lifting and also if you have opted for more than one Chain Leg (see chart below). 

What Hook should I choose for my Lifting Chain?


We offer two types of hook with our Lifting Chains; Clevis Sling Hook with Clip and Clevis Safety Hook with Self Locking.
Clevis Hook with Clip is our standard hook option. 
Clevis Hook with Self Locking is as our standard Clevis Hook but also incorporates a locking mechanism that will automatically lock itself in place for added safety. 


Do I need a Shortening Clutch for my Lifting Chain?


Shortening Clutches are optional with our Lifting Chains.
The purpose of a Shortening Clutch is to allow you to adjust the length of your chain to the desired length required for any given lift.
The advantage of having a Shortening Clutch with your Lifting Chain kit is that it will allow you to use the same kit for multiple types of lifts. 


What Length do I need my Chain Legs to be with my Lifting Chain?


The length of the Chain Legs will be determined by the shape/size of the object that you want to lift and the type of machine you are using for the lift. 
Example: The chain length must be long enough to be attached to the machine being used for the lift and also reach the point/s on the object where you intend to attach the chain for the lift. 

Lifting Chain Working Load Table:

 No. of Chain Legs   
    7mm    
    8mm     
    10mm     
    13mm     
    16mm     
  1 Leg
 1.5 2.0  3.15  5.3   
  2 Leg
 2.12 2.8  4.25  7.5   
  3 Leg
 3.15 4.25 6.7  11.2  
  4 Leg
 3.15 4.25  6.7 11.2  

Working Load limit of lifting chain - per leg (WWL in Tonnes)