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What is a Bow Shackle?


Bow Shackles are known for their circular shape within the body of the shackle, providing more space for attachments to move freely. The key advantage of bow shackles is their ability to handle multiple slings and loads from various directions. They avoid the problem of overwhelming lateral loads by allowing the body's shape to bear heavier loads at different points along the circumference, accommodating tension from different directions.


They are commonly used in multi-leg slings, handling multiple attachments due to their circular shape. Bow shackles are also applied in rigging as they offer a secure way to fasten chains and straps. They are well-suited for wide slings, providing more space compared to the narrower D-shaped shackles. In lifting and rigging operations, it is crucial not to crush the fabric, as it can lead to material failure and sling rupture.


Bow shackles come in various shapes and sizes, supporting different load limits. It's essential to ensure you have a shackle capable of handling your required load capacity. The visibility of shackles is crucial in complex lifting and rigging operations, and they are available in various colors for easy identification.


What is a D Shackle?


In single-leg slings, D Shackles are often the preferred choice as they securely fasten one sling attachment. Shaped like the letter D, they have a semi-circular end that accommodates sling attachments and two equal-length ropes connected to the open belt buckle. When the ropes are longer, they may resemble a circular shape with a cut-out end, earning them another name, "chain shackle."


D Shackles are excellent for handling loads that have a linear direction along the shackle's length, making them the preferred choice for longer loads. Consequently, they are the most common shackle type due to their suitability for many daily tasks and commercial purposes involving lifting loads online. However, they find side or shelf loads more challenging and are prone to bending or failure under consistent lateral loads.


These shackles typically come with U-shaped pins or threaded pins, often made of stainless steel, alloy steel, or galvanized steel. It's crucial to match the D Shackle with the appropriate load capacity and consider the direction of tension in lifting plans.


D Shackle and Bow Shackle

Bow shackles and D shackles come in various small, medium, or large sizes, often with different pin sizes. The measurements provided for D shackles reflect the measurements of the body, not the pin, as the body provides key information about the load-bearing capacity. Consider the size of the shackle and your lifting requirements to ensure the specifications suitably support your load.


To begin selecting the right shackle size, refer to the manufacturer's instructions and determine the Safe Working Load (SWL). If your expected load for the lifting or rigging operation is below the SWL, it is sufficient for your operation. Ensure to carefully check whether the SWL of the shackle matches your expected capacity upon receiving it, as it should be stamped on the shackle itself.


You can also measure the distortion and bending of the shackle over time by recording and storing pin lengths and the distance between the shackle's eye and the body. If the eye-to-eye distance exceeds the distance specified in the product instructions, your shackle has deformed, and its strength has weakened, making it unsuitable for use.


Shackle Pin Types


For both body types, bow shackles, and D shackles, the pin is inserted through the eye in different ways. The screw pin type is one of the most common pins used for securing chains (also known as a threaded bolt). Screw pin shackles are great for temporary applications, easily fastening and loosening as the sling moves from one lifting point to another. When the screw pin type is suitable, you only need to concern yourself with two parts—the body and the pin—providing simplicity, speed, and security.


Safety bolt types are another common shackle pin, often the preferred choice for permanent rigging. They work well in situations where some load movement can be expected, as they lack the potential for the threaded bolt to unscrew. Safety bolt pins consist of a split pin that secures the nut in the proper position, turning it into a multipart fastening, making it more time-consuming and challenging to use but providing higher safety assurance.


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