Shackle Pins

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A shackle is a u-shaped, load-bearing connecting device designed to be used with a removable pin. Shackles can be used in a number of different rigging and load securement applications. It connects different types of lifting slings, chains, or ropes to an object or to each other.

Shackles can be used in a variety of different applications, including:

  • Rigging
  • Towing or pulling
  • Lifting
  • Hoisting
  • Tie-down

Shackles come in a number of different designs and configurations. It can be confusing to understand the correct type of shackle to use. You don’t want to guess or choose incorrectly—that could result in a rigging failure that could cause significant damage or injury!

Identify the different parts of a shackle so when we use terms like “bow,” “ears,” “pin,” or “shoulder,” you’re familiar with what we’re referring to:

  • Bow – the curved portion of the shackle body opposite the pin—often referred to as the bail, body, dee, or bowl
  • Ears – portion of the shackle body that supports the shackle pin
  • Pin – a steel bolt made to span the two shackle ears
  • Shoulder – the part of the pin that makes contact against the ear when the pin is fully threaded or engaged

Always ensure that the shackle that you select meets or exceeds the working load limit for the task at hand and is comparable to the Working Load Limit (WLL) of the slings and other rigging hardware being used.

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