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Is it Possible to Mix Chain Grades on a Sling?

Rigging | Safety and Training | by Columbus McKinnon | Sep 30, 2019


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Ben from Chicago asked the following question about mixing chain grades:

Is it possible to mix grade 80 chain and grade 100 components on a sling assembly?

Our Columbus McKinnon Training Team answers:

In simple terms, yes –  BUT the assembly can only be rated at the grade 80 WLL.  Here is an example:  A sling is made with grade 100 chain and the hooks used for the sling are grade 80. This sling would need to have a tag with a grade 80 working load limit (WLL) of the weakest component.

For your reference I have provided the following applicable standards:

ASME B30.9, 9-1.5.7

When components of a sling have a lower rated load than the alloy chain with which it is being used, the sling shall be identified with a rated load consistent with the lowest load rating of any of the components.

OSHA 1910.184(e)(2)(i)

Hooks, rings, oblong links, pear-shaped links, welded or mechanical coupling links or other attachments shall have a rated capacity at least equal to that of the alloy steel chain with which they are used or the sling shall not be used in excess of the rated capacity of the weakest component.

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