At Greenshields Industrial Supply in Everett, we offer a massive variety of shackles available for every kind of rigging. We're always happy to help you find the right parts and equipment for your project. Here's everything you need to know about shackles.
What Is a Shackle?
A shackle is a U-shaped metal device that connects more significant pieces of equipment via chains or ropes. The shackle creates a secure bond that can be released when needed.
Some of the fundamental applications for shackles include rigging, hauling, lifting, or securing. As with any piece of equipment, shackles need to be appropriately maintained.
Choosing the right shackle is a crucial component of rigging shackle safety. You deserve to know you’re getting the proper rigging with shackles for your exact needs so that you can trust your equipment and guarantee the security of your project.
What Are the Types of Shackles?
Though the general shape of all shackles is relatively similar, variations in the design make each one more or less appropriate for each possible application. Knowing the differences enables you to choose the right shackle for your needs.
Bow shackles have a rounded, circular bow that distributes weight in multiple directions without creating an unbalanced load towards any particular side.
Dee Shackles or D-shackles refer to the bow being “D” shaped with a narrow opening.
Green Pin Shackles refer to the pin type. The galvanization and zinc coating of a green pin makes it more durable.
Safety Pin Shackles feature a nut and a bolt-style pin to create greater durability.
Screw Pin Shackles are designed to be removed quickly and re-applied.
Stainless Steel Shackles have higher resistance to corrosion and rust.
Piling Shackles are oblong and have a higher weight limit.
Four Parts of a Shackle
Every shackle is made up of four essential parts: the bow, ears, pin, and shoulder.
BOW: The main component of the shackle, the rounded part across from the rest of the shackle.
EARS: The openings at the bottom of the bow that surrounds the pin.
PIN: The metal piece that goes through the ears.
SHOULDER: The piece that sits snug against the ears when the pin is secured.
Dos and Don’ts of Using a Shackle
When using shackles, it's critical to choose the right one for the job.
Always make sure that the lifting capacity for the shackle corresponds with the weight of your application.
Check each shackle component for wear and tear before each lift.
Ensure your shackles are the appropriate size for all hooks, straps, or chains they’re securing.
Do not weld your shackles.
Avoid causing abrupt shock to rigging shackles.
Do not use alternative pins.
Top Quality Shackles in Greenshields Industrial Supply!
Our shackle and hydraulic coupling supplies include various rigging needs, with equipment available from Crosby, Campbel, Cartec, Columbus McKinnon, Suncor Stainless, and more. At Greenshields Industrial Supply, you can trust that you are getting the right product for your application.
Give us a call at 425-426-2415 or come and see us at 710 North Broadway in Everett, WA, to get started.