A Guide to Alloy Chain Slings

Alloy Chain Slings

Alloy chain slings are overhead lifting slings that are durable and great options for demanding lifting conditions. They have remained a popular choice among our customers because they fit a wide range of purposes. We often see them being used in construction when lifting heavy equipment, but they also serve a variety of lifting needs among different industries.

Top reasons for using an Alloy Chain Sling

Alloy chain slings have remained a top rigging choice even with wire rope and capabilities available with synthetic slings now. Some of the top reasons for choosing alloy chain includes:

  1. Strong and Durable slings
  2. Weather and Heat Resistant
  3. Abrasion and Cut Resistant
  4. Conform to shape of load
Alloy chain slings on jobsite

Grade 80 and Grade 100

Alloy chain slings are usually made of Grade 80 or 100 alloy chain. At Ashley Sling, we manufacture our overhead lifting chain slings using both Grade 80 and Grade 100 alloy chain. Grade 100 is the best chain option in terms of durability, weight to strength ratio, and other important factors. In addition to the grade of chain, alloy chain slings are comprised of alloy master links, end fittings, and an identification tag.

Types of Slings & How to Order

Before ordering your alloy chain sling, gather as much information about the lift you need to accomplish. Our team will help you determine which type of sling will be best for your application. It is helpful, however, to understand the types of alloy chain slings available. An alloy chain sling is available with one, two, three, and four legs. We also offer adjustable, adjustable loop, basket, and endless chain slings. You can find a comprehensive list of our available alloy chain slings here. Each of our branches manufacture your alloy chain sling in-house – which allows for an efficient ordering and delivering process.

We also put together a guide on How to Order Alloy Chain Slings. This guide goes over the symbols for the types of slings as well as an example ordering code (below) in order to simplify the ordering process.

Example alloy chain sling ordering code
Example of Alloy Chain Slings Ordering Code

Inspecting Alloy Chain Slings

As with all slings and rigging products, inspections are required and necessary to maintain safe sling use. When inspecting an alloy chain sling, immediate hazards and cause for removal include mechanical damage, corrosive damage, heat damage, and chemical damage. You may also notice cracks, nicks, or gouges that require immediate removal. Stretching is another key item to look for during inspections. The General Requirements and Inspection Criteria for Slings document outlines ASME B30.9 removal criteria. More information about what to look for when inspecting all different sling is also described on our article “How to Recognize When A Sling Should Be Removed from Service.”

In Conclusion

An alloy chain sling is a strong and durable option that meets the demands among many different industries. They can withstand heavy overhead lifting and can also lift hot materials. Their versatility has made them a top choice in a lot of markets even with the rising popularity of synthetic sling use. If you’re interested in getting a quote, contact your nearest Ashley Sling location or use the Get A Quote form today.   

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