What are Grade 10 Chain Slings and Why Choose One?

Chain slings are used to make lifting easier, safer and more efficient in a wide variety of commercial and construction environments. If you need a chain sling to complete lifts, grade 10 chain slings can offer you the functionality you need while giving you very good value for money as well. If you don’t need a grade 12 chain sling, but you need more than a grade 6 or grade 8 chain sling, then grade 10 is likely to be the ideal option for you.

Grade 10 chain slings are used with cranes, hoists and lifting equipment to ensure that loads can be lifted safely and as conveniently as possible. Many chain slings can be purchased from various different brands, meaning that there will always be a chain sling to suit your purpose. When you choose a grade 10 chain sling, you can be assured of particular specifications as standard; you will have extra reassurance when you choose a chain sling that has come from a reputable brand. Be sure to check the brand and the full specification before deciding on any particular type of chain sling for your chain hoists.

What do you need to know about grade 10 chain slings? Things to consider before purchasing one.

A grade 80 chain sling is considered to be the industry standard. They provide a good price to performance ratio and can be used in lots of circumstances, but when you need a higher capacity, a grade 10 chain sling may be the best option. These are the general specifications of grade 10 chain slings:

  • 25% more working load limit than a grade 8 chain sling. For higher capacities and larger, more industrial lifts, a grade 10 sling is a better bet.
  • Lightweight. A higher capacity doesn’t need to mean a heavier sling. Grade 10 chain slings can still be very lightweight which makes them easier to control and handle.
  • Easily identifiable. Chain slings are alloy heat treated and have a vivid blue colouring (along with silver components) which makes them stand out. This is important when using different chain sling capacities on one site, as they will be identifiable at a glance.
  • Various legs. Your can choose chain slings with one leg, up to four leg. This gives you choice and versatility.
  • 85 tonne capacity. Note this is usually the maximum capacity; a four leg chain sling can lift loads up to this weight. Different types of slings with different numbers of legs can vary greatly.

Bear in mind that these are general specifications. The actual specifications will vary depending on the brand of chain sling you select. 

Questions to ask before buying a grade 10 chain sling

A chain sling is an important purchase and it’s essential you make the correct selection. Here are some questions you may want to ask before you buy:

  1. What are the certifications? Some chain slings will conform to BS-EN 818-2 standards.
  2. What brand is it? Make sure you know all brand information upfront.
  3. What is it compatible with? If you have chain hoists and cranes already in operation, check full compatibility criteria.
  4. What is the chain length? 2m will often come as standard but it’s always worth checking.