Lifting Accessories / Loose Tackle
Lifting Accessories or loose tackle incorporates many smaller items which assist in lifting operations, such as shackles, eye bolts, swivel eyebolts, gin wheels and snatch blocks; Lifting Gear Direct can supply a wide range of loose lifting tackle to compliment other lifting products and are happy to receive orders on single or multiple items. We pride ourselves on having the keenest prices in the UK so take your pick and order online today.
Types of Loose Lifting Tackle
There are many different kinds of equipment which comes under the loose lifting tackle or lifting accessories category, here we look in more detail at the main types most commonly used.
A shackle is a “U” shaped device made from steel, they usually incorporate either a pin or a bolt used for safely locking on. Shackles are normally used as a connector to secure items together. Shackles can be used in lifting and static systems as a removable link to connect wire rope, chain and slings etc.
Shackles come in a range of shapes and sizes and are used for short, long term or permanent applications. Dee shackles are perfect for 1 leg slings and bow shackles are great for multiple leg sling systems. Shackles also come with a range of different pin types which can suit some lifting applications better than others. We can supply Dee type and Bow type shackles, small or large in alloy steel of stainless steel.
You will also encounter specialist shackles in our broad shackle range, each of which will offer a design feature that you will not find elsewhere. This includes sling saver shackles, which are intended for use with lifting slings to limit wear and tear and improve safety, as well as piling shackles and plenty more compelling options to consider.
An eye bolt is a screw with a loop on the end instead of a screwdriver slot, they may be screwed into many surfaces to provide a secure fixed anchoring point to which other items may be fixed too.
There are hundreds of different types of eye bolts, collared eye bolts are probably the most popular, with dynamo eye bolts next in line. The majority of eye bolts are for bolting to a specific surface, though some are designed for welding to the surface to create a permanent anchor point; also falling into this category are eye nuts and bow nuts which screw onto a threaded bolt and therefore more easily removable; there are also eyebolts which are fixed and some which swivel.
As with our shackles, you can also order special eye bolts from LGD which offer unique benefits compared with their multipurpose counterparts. This range includes gate eye bolts which can easily be adjusted thanks to the inclusion of nuts, along with grade 8 eye bolts which are seriously strong and offer an impressive safety factor to give you added peace of mind.
Swivel Eye Bolts
Swivel eye bolts are becoming increasingly popular due to their versatility; We can supply a range of top quality swivel eye bolts some have full rotation with an added load ring pivoting point; there are various shaped eyebolts, such as round, oval, and star shaped all which suit specific applications. Some eyebolts encompass relief lugs which provide two or four bolts, and therefore additional safety. Also available are swivel hoist rings eyebolts which encompass a hook with safety catch for attaching rings and slings etc.
When stocking up on swivel eye bolts here at LGD, remember to check up on the specifications of each model that is available. Different thread types are offered, while load capacities and other variables can determine whether or not particular products are right for you.
Gin wheels, or pulley ropes as they are sometimes known as, are the perfect small piece of equipment for hoisting work materials, for example to a higher level, such as a scaffold tower. A gin wheel is a simple lifting accessory with little maintenance needed.
Our range of gin wheels is not limited to the wheel itself but also includes the pulley rope, which can be purchased separately if you are looking to replace the rope found in your existing assembly after it has exceeded its usable lifespan.
Snatch & sheave Blocks
Snatch blocks and/or sheave blocks can be a very useful lifting accessory; they are essentially used for altering the direction of pull on a lifting application. They can be used singularly or in multiples and come in many model variations – with hook or eye anchor points and with 1, 2 or 3 sheaves per block. The amount of blocks used; the angle of the pull and weight of the load will all have an effect on the combined safe working load value and there are specific calculations to apply when using the sheave block technique.
Ask us anything
If you are looking for loose tackle products but are not sure which ones to pick, call 01384 76961 to speak with an LGD specialist or send us an email with your question and we will endeavour to help out in no time.