I love creating free content full of tips for my readers, you. I don't accept paid sponsorships, my opinion is my own, but if you find my recommendations helpful and you end up buying something you like through one of my links, I could earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn moreIf you use a chain hoist or any product like that which has hooks in its chain, you may also know that every hook is not the same in these tools. There are many different types of chain hooks, according to their purpose.
Common Types of Chain HooksThe chain hook is one of the primary components of the rigging and lifting industry. Though you will find numerous types of hooks available in the market, some popular styles are used frequently in the lifting industries. If we categorize them according to their applications, there should be three major categories named grab hooks, rigging hooks, and slip hooks. However, the most common types of hooks fall into these three main categories.
Grab HooksA grab hook is designed for attaching with the load and comes with a choker arrangement. Generally, it is permanently fixed with the lifting chain and achieves the full working load when the hitch angle is 300 degrees or more. Using the hook in direct tension will cause the working load to reduce by 25%.
- Eye Grab Hooks
- Eye Cradle Grab Hooks
- Clevis Grab Hooks
- Clevlok Cradle Grab Hooks
- Eye Slip Hooks
- Clevis Slip Hooks
- Clevlok Sling Slip Hooks
Rigging HooksWe have already talked about the eye slip hooks, and the rigging hooks are very similar to those slip hooks except with the enlarged eye that is designed for larger couplers. Identical to the clevlok sling hooks, the rigging hooks come with an optional hatch for the same purposes. Usually, this forged hook is available in both heat-treated alloy and carb steels. However, you need to keep the load in line and place the eye firmly in the bow-saddle of the hook.
Final SpeechThe best chain hoists come with the best chain hooks. In addition to their variety of designs, chain hooks can be used for many different purposes. We have covered all the common types of hooks on chains to give you a crystal clear knowledge about different hook types. First, check your chain size and style. Next, choose the hook type that matches your use from the categories above.
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