Tips for Choosing the Right Chain Sling
Lifting heavy and large items is not a simple task as these processes can be dangerous and it is crucial that you choose the right chain sling that will help you to lift or move heavy items in a safe and efficient manner.
If you are looking into your next lifting project, these tips will come in handy.
Know the intended load
When you are trying to choose chains for your lift, it is important that you know and have a plan for the item you are going to lift or move. It is a good idea that you find out the maximum working load, the size and shape of the item, the length and the amount of lifting points and their angles. Also, remember that you will need to have all of these items inspected and tagged before your lift.
Understand Chain Grades
The most common grades used in this industry are grade 80, 100 and grade 120; each of those have different breaking strengths. For instance, if you need to lift a 15 tonne item, you could use a 22mm 80 grade chain which could be very heavy and bulky; however, you will be able to lift the same item with a smaller Grade 100 chain, and even smaller Grade 120 chain. By understanding this, you will then be able to determine what chain you should be looking for in your application. If you would like to know more about the difference between grades, check out what's the difference between the grades of chain and metal.
Understand the Different Components
A fully and properly assembled chain sling will make your process a lot easier. There are many different components that can vary depending on the item you are lifting and sometimes will depend on the users preferences. As a standard chain sling you will need the head ring, oblong rings, chain, and bottom hooks.
Test Certificate Up-to-date
It is very important that before you start using your chain slings, you make sure that they have been properly inspected and that they have the corresponded tag.
At All Lifting we have a wide range of chain slings and fittings that will cover your next lifting project. If you require any assistance, do not hesitate to contact us on 1300 666 773 or visit our online store or any of our branches and one of our friendly staff will be able to help you and guide you in the best possible way.