When working in a large warehouse, there are times when we are going to need to hoist things in the air. To do this, we need the right hardware. One of the most critical pieces is the lifting hook chosen. There are many different lifting hook types, and each one has its own unique purpose. Here are the most used hooks and when to use them.
Eye Hoist Hook
This lifting hook is one of the more frequently used hooks. The Eye Hoist hook has a latch and is used when something heavy needs to be safely lifted. They look simple, but with the right strength hook, we can lift loads up to 11 tons. The eye hook also gives the most flexibility to position the hook when attaching it to a load. The latch helps secure the load, so we don't need to worry about it slipping when we are lifting.
Swivel Hoist Hook
Another lifting hook type is the Swivel Hoist hook. This hook can also hoist hefty loads. The difference between this and the eye hook is the hook's ability to swivel, so we can better control the placement of the load. Two types of swivel hooks can be used — the Positioning Swivel Hook and the True Swivel Hook with Bearing.
The Positioning hook allows for swiveling when connecting to the load, but not when the load has been hoisted.
The True Swivel hook has a bearing inside of it, allowing for rotation at any time, even while the load is hoisted. Using this hook can prevent twisting of the rigging.
A third common lifting hook type is a Clevis hook. The top of the hook has a U-shaped piece, and at the top of the "U," there is a hole on either side. These holes hold a clevis pin, which is similar to a bolt but only partially threaded. The clevis can fasten to a chain or a bracket. Clevis hooks can also pivot side to side to help connect more easily with a load.
These hooks can also be used to make chain slings. The advantage is that when a clevis gets damaged, it can be replaced without having to replace the entire sling.
Selecting Your Hook
Not all hooks are made the same, and the weight of your load, the type of sling, and the sling hitch all need to be considered when selecting your hooks. If possible, use hooks with latches, as they secure the load better and are much safer for overhead use. There is no one-size-fits-all method, so having a variety of hooks that can meet your needs is often the best solution.
We Can Help
If you're unsure of the types of hooks you need, contact T&M Cranes. Our experts can help you find the right hooks for your warehousing needs.
T&M Cranes is known throughout the midwest and North America for our high-quality overhead cranes, hoists, hooks, and additional parts. We are family owned and operated and have a commitment to our customers to provide dependable service and experienced staff that can meet any of your needs.
We work hard to develop solutions that meet your expectations and fit your budget, and our 24/7 service department keeps you going, even in the most challenging times.
If you're looking for hoisting solutions for your warehouse, or if you just need new parts or hooks, give us a call today! We'd love to see how we can help you!
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