We cannot underestimate the importance of a transport chain in securing goods in transit. Chain is usually used on non-fragile loads. It is graded in different sizes and ratings to determine lashing capacity and minimum breaking point. What’s more, they offer flexibility as you can cut the chain to your desired length. However, you have to get the right chain for the intended job. Chain fittings are also necessary for securing the load. Chain hooks, just like all other parts of the system, so must be top quality for optimal performance....
How do you know which one to buy?
First, you need to consider your needs. Grade 70 chains are perfect for securing loads, but not for lifting. For lifting purposes, the grade 80 ones are needed. Moreover, it is better to choose a high-grade chain with higher break strength to maximise the applications you can use it for. Our company offers help on getting the right grade based on your needs.
Do grab hooks and chain end fittings affect chain integrity?
The load capacity decreases when you incorporate some grab hooks. The Truck Loading Code Regulations in New Zealand stipulate that grab hooks reduce load capacity by a quarter. A quick search on transport chain will present the different types and fittings that will not compromise the integrity. The rule of thumb is, keep the load weight well within the working limit set by manufacturers.
Do you need accessories?
Grab hooks, load binders, and other accessories are used to secure the chain. The fixtures come with different features that make them ideal for specific tasks. Use grade 70 hooks if you are using this capacity of chain. Note that hooks come in various forms, with the cradle type featuring little wings that are effective in maintaining the full rated capacity. The claw hook is just as effective while the lug link works where the chain must slip through this accessory. The mid link connector is used to join two chains.
To tighten the chain, use load binders. These are great as they allow you to tighten the chain at different points. There are ratchet and lever options and a handle extension for enhanced control with the level twitches.
Ensure that you get the right safety chains while shopping. Buying from a reputable manufacturer makes picking the right choice easy. If you are looking for quality and easy to maintain products, get in touch with TransQuip today or browse our range to see if you can get what you want. With TransQuip, you get a variety of these chains and hooks in addition to other lashing accessories.