Chain slings and lifting slings are ideal for applications when extra strength and durability is required. Not only are chain slings more durable, temperature-tolerant, and cut-resistant than nylon web slings or polyester round slings, there are also adjustable and customized options.
Grade 100 is becoming the industry-standard grade for chain sling manufacturing. Safe for overhead lifting, this alloy chain features exceptional strength and meets U.S. standards of NACM, ASTM and OSHA. It's 25% stronger than Grade 80, the next level down.
We offer two trusted brands of for you to choose from: Crosby and KWB.
Crosby has been a leader in the rigging and lifting industry for years and takes no shortcuts when it comes to manufacturing chain and rigging hardware. The Crosby chain slings we sell are manufactured right here in the USA and expertly assembled by US Cargo Control.
KWB slings have a signal violet varnish coat and a heavy powder coating that helps with corrosion resistance. KWB is a Pewag company, based in Europe. We import and expertly assemble their manufactured chain and end fittings.
We sell two main types of slings: standard and adjustable, both of which can be configured a number of ways to ensure they meet the needs of the lift. Several different options are available, including number of legs, the size of the chain, and the length of the chain. Custom options for various end fittings are also available by calling our sales team.
Features one, two, three, or four lengths of chain, each with a master oblong link at the top, and your choice of hooks: foundry hook, grab hook, sling hook, or self-locking hook.
Designed with the same leg configuration as a standard chain sling, but also includes an adjustable fitting. This enables the operator to shorten the length of the leg as needed. For more information on our adjustable chain slings, or to place an order, give our sales team a call.
A chain sling’s reach is the measured length from the load-bearing point on the sling’s master link to the load-bearing point on the opposite end when the sling is pulled taut.
The varied customization opportunities is what makes industrial chain slings so versatile and appropriate for a wide variety of lifting jobs. They are fitted with either a foundry, grab, sling, or self-locking hook. Adjustable slings feature an additional length adjusting mechanism. There are several common end fittings to choose from:
Overhead lifting chain slings are ideal for a range of heavy duty lifting jobs. If your application requires a different qualities, such as flexibility or stretch, see our entire selection of lifting slings, which includes fabric such as nylon and polyester, as well as heavy-duty wire.
If you need help selecting a lift sling, see our How to Choose a Lifting Sling page or call our product specialists. They’ll be happy to any answer questions you have.
Most chain slings will generally consist of a master link, a chain leg or legs, and a fitting such as a hoist hook. Sling manufacturers use a standardized sling designation using a three letter combination.
For example, a sling with designation (model) SOG has a single leg (Letter S), with an Oblong Master Link (Letter O) and a Grab Hook (Letter G).
Because we customize the chain sling's configuration, which will vary the work load limit and break strength, they come with a metal ID tag attached that is stamped with the information below:
- Sling style
- Serial number
- Chain size and grade
- Working load limit at degree of lift
Proof testing has been done on every link of chain to ensure its working load limit. To get your custom chain sling tested at the time of manufacture, it must be requested when the order is placed with our sales specialists. For an additional fee, we will proof test and issue a certificate when requested at the time the order is placed.
All of our chain meets or exceeds the latest guidelines of the National Association of Chain Manufacturers (NACM), ANSI B30.9 standards and OSHA specifications.
Even with proper care, chain will eventually begin to wear over time. It's important to regularly inspect the links of overhead lifting chain for minimum allowable thickness. Once it's worn below this measurement, it should be removed from service.
While sling chain is considered extremely strong and durable, excessive heat can have an effect on the working load limit of a sling. Chain lifting slings used in excess of 400 degrees will experience a reduction in strength, both during exposure time and after exposure. See guidelines below.
NOTE: OSHA 1910.184 requires all slings exposed to temperatures over 1000º F to be removed from service.
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