Chain sling types
We sell two main types of slings: standard and adjustable. Several different options are available, including number of legs, size of chain, and length of chain
Standard chain sling. Features one, two, three, or four lengths of chain, each with a sling hook with a latch at the end, and attached to a master oblong link at the top.
Adjustable chain sling. Designed with the same leg configuration as a standard chain sling, but also has one-four 6 inch lengths of chain with a grab hook also attached to the oblong. This enables the operator to shorten the length of the leg as needed.
A chain sling’s reach is 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.
Common end fittings include:
Slip sling hook
A large throat hook used primarily at the ends of 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 in between links. This hook locks into place by grabbing the chain, and will not slide along the chain.
An extra-large throat hook used in unique situations that require a larger opening to manage loads.
Self-locking sling hook
Designed to pivot in the middle and locks when lifting pressure is applied. This hook cannot be opened while a unit is lifted with your overhead lifting chains.
Oblong master link
An oblong shaped ring used at the top of chain slings.
Other types of lifting slings
Overhead lifting chain slings are ideal for a range of heavy duty lifting jobs. If your application requires different qualities, such as flexibility or stretch, see our entire selection of lifting slings, which includes fabric such as nylon slings and polyester round slings, as well as heavy duty wire rope slings.
Chain sling safety
Always use within posted working load limit
Distribute loads evenly; an unequal load on one leg can create a dangerous situation and damage the sling
Rapid or sudden stops, impacts, and lifts should be avoided
Do not allow a chain length to be twisted or tied into a knot
Do not use slings with damaged, defective, or worn chain
Protect sharp edges and corners accordingly with padding or protectors to keep chain from coming in contact
Don’t forget to inspect hooks- never use if bent or distorted in any way
Load hooks should never be tipped or pointed; a latch should never support a load
Clean chains prior to inspection; oil and dirt can hide chain damage
Standard sling designations
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 standardised sling designation using a three letter combination.
Chain size and grade
Working load limit at degree of lift
Proof testing has been done on every link of the chain to 2.5 times its working load limit.