How to Select and Order Certified Chain Slings
Selecting and Ordering Certified Alloy Lifting Slings
How to select and order your Certified Alloy Lifting Sling:
1. Determine the number of legs and the type of hooks that your
lifting application requires. Click on the corresponding icon in the chain slings main
2. Determine the maximum weight and size of the load to be
3. Determine the chain size and attachment style that your
application requires according to the working load limit chart provided within each chain
sling category. Be sure to consider the effect of lifting angle when selecting the reach
(leg length). All reach measurements are bearing to bearing.
4. Click on
the part number corresponding with the weight, chain size, and attachment required for your
application. You'll find a list of available lengths to add to your
NOTE: If you don't see the chain sling combination you need, call
888.918.8150, and we'll be happy to assist you. Be sure to specify the sling type, size and
reach when ordering.
Please use the four letter designation to describe the sling type. The first two letters describe the
number of legs, the third letter describes the type of master link, and the fourth letter describes the type of
hooks. For example, the sling pictured is a YDOS because it is Double legged, has an Oblong master link, and has
Sling hooks. If you wanted this sling made from 3/4” alloy with 10’ of reach, you would simply order a 3/4” x
10’ YDOS. Other letters used to designate types of slings are:
First Two Letters (Sling Type)
Third Letter (Master Link)
Fourth letter (Hook Type)
YS = Single chain sling
O = Oblong master link
S = Sling hooks
YD = Double leg chain sling
P = Pear master link
G = Grab hooks
YT = Triple leg chain sling
R = Round master ring
F = Foundry hooks
YQ = Quadruple leg chain sling
L = Latchlok hooks
YC = Choker sling
X = Special attachments
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||All of our alloy lifting slings include a metal identification tag, and
are accompanied by a pull test certificate for your files.
Care, Use and Inspection
IMPORTANT: Do not exceed working load limits. Do not use worn or damaged
slings. Always inspect slings before each use. The life and strength of an alloy lifting sling depends on
proper use, maintenance and regular inspection.
Care: Always make sure that your chains are properly stored and maintained. Adhering to
the following guide lines will prolong the life and strength of your chains.
Store chains on an A-frame in a clean, dry place.
2. Oil chains before extended
3. Do not heat alloy chain. Heating alters the thermal treatment that has
been applied to the chain.
4. Do not plate or change the surface finish of the chain
without contacting your Vulcan representative.
Use: To protect operators and prolong chain life, observe the following precautions when
using alloy lifting slings.
1. Before each use, inspect the chain and attachments
for damage and defects as described below.
2. Never exceed the Working Load
3. Avoid any of the following situations, as they will decrease the working
load limit of your chain:
a. Acceleration in rate of load application (shock loading).
Variation in the lifting angle of the sling. As the lifting angle decreases, the working load decreases
dramatically. (Charts are available on chain sling category pages)
c. Twisting, knotting or kinking
of the sling will cause uneven wear and drastic reduction in working load limit.
Center load in hook(s). Latches are not designed to support the weight of a load.
Avoid sudden jerks when lifting or lowering.
6. Balance all loads. Uneven loading
will reduce working load limit.
7. Use wear pads around sharp
8. Never drop load on chains.
9. For overhead lifting,
use only certified alloy chain and attachments.
It is important to inspect chains and attachments before each use. OSHA
requires that chains and attachments be inspected and certified on an annual basis. Vulcan Chain offers
annual inspections to all of its alloy customers. If you are inspecting your own chain, remove it from
service immediately if any of the following conditions exist: Twists or bends of a link, Nicks or Gouges
in a link, Excessive wear, Stretch, or Distorted or damaged master links, coupling links or attachments.
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