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Buying Bow Shackles for Angled Lifting

The rounded section of a bow shackle offers a wider area for attaching slinging equipment such as web slingsround slings or wire rope slings; as well as chain slings.  The rounded bowl enables slings to seat safely and pull at angles up to 90 degrees although with a reduction to the safe working load.

We offer a choice of bow shackles for lifting and other purposes, there are many sizes and bolt fittings to choose from with prices starting from as little as 26p. Browse the full range of shackles, make your choice and buy online today.

BS Large Bow Shackle with Safety Bolt (type 'E')

BS Large Bow Shackle with Safety Bolt (type 'E')


Features of Large Bow Shackles The main difference in these shackles, when comp..

BS Small Bow Shackle with Safety Bolt (type E)

BS Small Bow Shackle with Safety Bolt (type E)


Alongside our large bow shackles, which are also compliant with industry regulat..

Commercial Bow Shackles

Commercial Bow Shackles


They are inexpensive, moderately durable and offered in a number of different di..

Green Pin Bow Shackle

Green Pin Bow Shackle


Basics of Green Pin Bow Shackles This is a standard green pin shackle with a ty..

Green Pin Bow Shackle with Safety Bolt

Green Pin Bow Shackle with Safety Bolt


Construction of Green Pin Bow Shackles Each of the shackles in this range are m..

Large Bow Shackle Large Bow Shackle

Large Bow Shackle


This means they are a bit more flexible in terms of the accessories they can acc..

Small Bow Shackle

Small Bow Shackle


 Small Bow Shackle Options Lifting Gear Direct can supply these small bow ..

Yellow Pin Alloy Bow Shackles

Yellow Pin Alloy Bow Shackles


If value for money is vital, then you have found the perfect product. The range ..

Yellow Pin Bow Shackle with Safety Bolt

Yellow Pin Bow Shackle with Safety Bolt


 This version is a yellow pin bow shackle with safety bolt and comes comple..

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Bow shackles may also be called anchor shackles; however the latter typically possesses a smaller bow area than a standard bow shackle. 

Different Bow Shackle Features

Unlike a Dee shackle, a bow shackle is able to be loaded at an angle, however depending on the angle of the loads pull the safe working load rated capacity will need to be reduced according to the table shown. It should be noted that a round pin bow shackle must not be side loaded, only screw pin or bolt type bow shackle should be used for this type of lifting application.

angles to use bow shackles

Bow shackles have a lower strength rating than a similar sized Dee shackle, are slightly larger and take up more room.  Bow shackles are commonly used where multi leg slings are needed; the sling should be seated within the bow and the shackle fitted to a hook with its pin, never the other way round.

Bow Shackles Available

Lifting Gear Direct can supply bow shackles in a vast range of sizes and pin types as well as the more common hot dipped galvanized shackles or in a stainless steel version.bow shackle angles

Other finishes available include electro-galvanised, painted or self coloured, depending on the shackle chosen; see individual products for more information. Stainless steel bow shackles offer more corrosive resistance and so are better suited to marine environments or other high moisture areas. Galvanized steel shackles are typically the cheaper option and are mostly used for industrial lifting applications.

Safety when using Lifting Shackles

When deciding on the correct shackle for your intended application you should always ensure that the safe working load limit, bow size, and pin type will work efficiently and safely with your task. You should always take into account if side loading or shock loading is a possibility. Also note that commercial shackles must not be used for any type of lifting operation.

Lifting safety is not an issue to be taken lightly, but with our high quality bow shackles you can be secure in the knowledge that you have invested in the best product for the job.

 Other Lifting Solutions

We sell shackles of all sizes and capacities, along with equipment for every conceivable lifting task you might need to tackle. If you need a crane or a gantry system for your workshop or factory, we can supply a bespoke assembly at a competitive price. If you are looking for hydraulic lifting equipment which is compact enough to operate effectively where space is limited, we can also help out.  

If your lifting duties involve employees working at height, our safety equipment can be an essential investment. There is no need to leave anything to chance when you have the right kit, from fall arrest blocks to sturdy access platforms. Each item we sell is tested, checked and shipped to you in excellent condition, so you can start using it to improve safety and productivity in a jiffy and enjoy hour after hour of consistent, reliable performance.

Ask us your Shackle Questions

You might not be clued up on all things shackle-related, in which case a call or email to Lifting Gear Direct is all you need to get important facts about our products. Reach us on 01384 76961 or use our rapid response form if you would rather make your query via the web.


What is a bow shackle?

A bow shackle is a shaped connector used in lifting applications. The main saddle forms a bowl shape where a lifting sling will sit. The connection is finished with a bolt that threads through both sides of the saddle.

Can a bow shackle be loaded at an angle?

Yes, the line of pull can be up to 90 degrees from vertical, however there will be a reduction in the safe working load limit. Usually 50% reduced for a 90 degree angle or 70% reduced for a 45 degree angle.

What are the different pin types on a bow shackle?

There are 2 key types of securing pins on bow shackles, a standard screw pin which simply passes through the first hole and screws into the second. A safety pin bow shackle incorporates a nut  and a cotter pin passing through the pin to secure it. This is the safest option.


What bow shackle pin type should I use?

This will depend on how you wish to use the bow shackle. A standard screw pin is quick and easy to fit and remove and so is probably the best option for repetitive or frequent tasks, The main downside is they need regular checking for tightness as the pin may become loose over time. A safety bolt bow shackle on the other hand will remain safely in place until the cotter pin and nut are removed. These are best for semi-permanent tasks, or tasks which will remain in place for a longer period.

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