Chain Slings and their Various Configurations

When purchasing a chain sling, there will be various configurations available to make different lifts possible. The chains might have between one and four legs, and there are also different customisation options you can use to make the sling suitable for different lifts. All in all, chain slings are highly versatile and you will have many different options when choosing to purchase one for carrying out various lifting processes.

There are different capacities, configurations and options you will need to understand before purchasing a lifting sling, to make sure it’s right for the loads you’re lifting and will be completely safe. As with any lifting equipment, using a chain sling in the right way is essential for maintaining good health and safety practices. The right chain capacity and configuration should always be used to prevent dangerous situations arising and protect the people who are working with the chain slings.

Understanding chain sling grades – what do grade 6, grade 8, grade 10 and grade 12 mean in practice?

There are various lifting sling grades that you can choose from, and the grades will all mean different things in practice. Here’s a summary of the most popular grades and what they mean:

Grade 6 chain slings: there are chain slings available with capacities from 200kg to 12 tonnes on individual chain strands. They have an approximate 25% increase in capacity compared to the same nominal diameter in a G5 chain. They also have a larger hook mouth and narrower passage on the hook body.

Grade 8 chain slings: you can have up to 8 tonnes safe working load, and there’s a 16mm chain link diameter.

Grade 10 chain slings: you will find a stronger construction, and a 25% higher working load limit than a grade 8 equivalent sling. However, they are still very lightweight when you buy the right brands, and are around 36% higher than the older models would have been. This makes them versatile and easy to use, even when completing intense lifts.

Grade 12 chain slings: whilst still lightweight, a grade 12 sling can offer 50% higher working limits than a grade 8 sling. The chains will likely be rugged and very durable, making lifting heavier loads easier.

Customisation of chain slings – the different configurations and the options these give you

There are different points to consider when purchasing a chain sling. One of the main things you’ll notice is the colour – the finish will make the chain sling obvious even at a distance, improving safety practices. Orange and blue powder coated finishes are popular, giving increased visibility.

The other main option is the number of arms. Anything from one to four is possible, depending on the configuration that will best suit your processes. You can also include other customisation options, including shorteners for the legs, or load distributors that are fitted to the slings to make them more even. There is the choice of clevis or eye type components as well, depending on personal preference and the load types that will be lifted.