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Lifting Gear Direct Ltd

Units 16 & 17 The Wallows Industrial Estate, Fens Pool Avenue, Brierley Hill, West Midlands, DY5 1QA
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Lifting Shackles

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At Lifting Gear Direct, we stock a great range of high quality shackles which are suitable for use in a wide range of lifting operations. Bow and Dee type shackles are the most popular type of shackle which are available in various sizes and pin types as well as stainless steel versions. 

We also offer an excellent range of specialist shackles for more diverse lifting applications including piling, ROV, Polar, Trawling, wide mouth and fixed nut shackles, take a look at our specialist shackle category where you will find much more detail.

Applications for using Lifting Shackles

Shackles can be used in lifting and static systems as a removable link to connect wire rope, chain and slings. The differing types of shackles are best used for different applications.bolt pin shackle

Safety bolt shackles

Also known as Green Pin shackles, these are commonly used for either permanent or more long term lifting operations or sometimes in instances where the load and sling may slip against the pin which may cause it to rotate and subsequently fall out. These types of shackles are extra secure due to the bolt and cotter pin design. This system also removes the need for tightening the pin prior to each use.

Some shackles are available to comply with British standards, these have a safety pin with a cotter pin which goes through the nut, therefore providing the upmost safety. 

At LGD we take safety seriously, so we believe that features like this are useful for our customers as well. If you have any questions about lifting operations and the safety issues you face, use our contact details below to get in touch and we can give you the guidance you need.

screw pin shackleScrew pin shackles

These are mainly used for non permanent applications, where the shackle needs to be removed regularly. Screw pin shackles can also be used for side loading applications with a reduced safe working load. With these types of shackle it is necessary to check and re-tighten the pin prior to each and every lift. If screw pin shackles are to be used for longer term lifting applications (not recommended – it is better to use a bolt type instead), or for applications where there is high vibration activity which could cause loosening of the pin, then a mousing technique can and should be used. Mousing is the process which describes the securing of the pin, this is done by the use of annealed iron wire which is threaded multiple times through the hole in the pin and passed around the body of the shackle, twisting the ends to secure. This process prevents the pin from un-screwing.shackle mousing

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Round pin shackles

These are secured with a split pin and are for strictly in-line loading only. They are ideal for use in any straight lift, towing, suspending or tie-down operation. NEVER side load a round pin shackle.


Dee shackles are most commonly used on single leg slings and bow shacklesare most commonly used on multiple leg slings. 

Picking the right shackle for the job is vital and our well stocked site is the best place to find the lifting gear you are looking for.


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Connecting Slings with a Shackle

If shackles are to be used in slinging operations there are certain points to take note of; you must ensure that the sling is seated in the body/bowl of the shackle, never on its pin. When using a shackle together with a wire rope lifting sling you should ensure that the shackle’s diameter is larger than the diameter of the wire rope if it is not terminated with a thimble.

If you are to use a shackle with a webbing sling you must ensure that the bowl is wide enough for the sling to sit flat, there should be no bunching/gathering up of the sling inside the shackle, this will affect the load rating of the sling.

If using a shackle for a choker hitch, the end rope eye should seat on the pin and the bowl / loading point is where the shackle is hooked back to create the choke hitch.

shackles right and wrong Certification

The load-rated lifting shackles we stock, including our Small Dee and Small Bow shackles, are fully tested and can be supplied with test certificate, and/or EC declaration of conformity if requested; other certification may be available on request. Certification helps to guarantee reliability and safety. Moreover, we only provide quality products. 

You will find that all of the lifting gear we stock adheres to the same high standards, meeting domestic and international expectations in terms of quality and safety. From our hoisting equipment to our material handling kit, you can have complete confidence when buying from LGD. We even stock ATEX-rated products for use in specialised environments. Even our own-brand jib cranes are able to offer outstanding quality and attention to detail in their construction.

Our range of shackles

Our range of lifting shackles offer safe working load limits ranging up to 55 tonnes. However, if you require a higher working load limit, please get in touch, as we are able to source suppliers with greater limits. 


Taking the WLL into account is crucial when selecting any piece of lifting equipment, as you cannot afford to ignore the importance of safety, regardless of the industry you occupy. Also remember that you need to stay abreast of the latest industry news and regulations, as getting caught off guard by changes to the rules is no excuse for breaking them.

Product information for our full range can be viewed easily online, detailing dimensions, working load limits and more. In addition, further information can be obtained using our rapid enquiry form. So if you require quality, dependable shackles, take advantage of our competitive prices and knowledgeable staff and contact us today!

Get in touch today

Browse our full selection of lifting shackles below for full technical details and call our team on 01384 76961 to discuss any particularly specific requirements. 

You can also fill out our online enquiry form to ask us a question. There is no better way to get expert advice on lifting gear of all types.



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