Chain

Chain slings are a combination of chain, hooks, rings and other attachments used primarily for overhead lifting applications. Slings are often used in conjunction with cranes and other lifting devices and allow riggers to create custom configurations to lift loads depending on the needs of that specific application. Standard chain sling configurations consist of chain […]

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Many of you work with chain and rigging equipment every day.  At Columbus McKinnon, the safe and proper use of all rigging products is a top priority. We have been busy developing training resources to help promote occupational safety with the products that we make, and the know-how we have garnered over the last 138 […]

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  Jason asks: Who is responsible for putting tags on chain slings?  Can I retag my chain slings with missing tags?  Do I have to load test a sling after I retag it?   Peter answers: It is the sling manufacturer’s responsibility.  The sling manufacturer is a person or company assembling or fabricating sling components […]

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We are changing the way we do business. Changes that not only affect Columbus McKinnon and our Channel Partners, but the entire material handling industry. We are committed, and now prepared, to ship our most popular chain and forged attachment products in 3 days – and we guarantee it. This is our In-Stock Guarantee (ISG). This is […]

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Richard asks: What is the working load limit of a ½ “ – G80 2-legged chain sling when both legs are used in a choke?   Peter answers: The first thing that you want to do is to look at how the choke is rigged or rendered.  Working load limits shown on charts or tags […]

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Chain has been used by people to pull, fasten and pick things up for over 2000 years. The form of chain has not changed much over the years, whereas the manufacturing of chain has. With the modern advances in metallurgy and manufacturing techniques, chain is a much better quality today. During these advances we have […]

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During our CM-ET training classes we receive many questions, especially about chain and proper lubrication. In my opinion, the chain is the most abused and neglected part of the motor. It is almost rare to find chain in the field that does not need to be lubricated unless it has just come from the factory. […]

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Ratchet lever hoists by Columbus McKinnon have countless benefits. Their lightweight design makes them easy to handle and transport. Some are even small enough to fit into your lunch box! Lever hoists are an extremely adaptable tool that can be used for a variety of applications.  When you choose a hoist with one-handed free chaining […]

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We’ve all used chain motors and we’ve all suspended the maximum 1 ton rated loads. But do we ever really think about what happens between the 2 hooks? If you are an operator, you have probably been trained to understand forces. A load in motion exerts greater forces than a static or non-moving load. Load […]

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I recently attended the spring meeting of the WSTDA, (Web Sling Tie Down Association) in Fort Myers, FL. The meeting was comprised of web sling & tie down manufacturers, distributors & end users, a typical cross-section of its membership. Here are some of the highlights: WSTDA Performs its Own Testing One of the interesting things […]

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