Difference Between Shackle Types

Choosing the right rigging supplies for your applications can mean the difference between success and failure. For instance, shackles are manufactured to serve different functions, which is why they come in a variety of styles, sizes, fabrications, materials, and types. Considering the number of options for shackles on the market, it is no wonder why choosing can become a difficult job. Our team can help you identify the best items. Below, we have outlined a small list of the most commonly used shackles and basic information about each. For more questions about rigging supplies, do not hesitate to reach out to our team.

Anchor/bow: The two terms are used interchangeably, and they both refer to the rounded shape look. The rounded shape of both types allows for them to carry loads in various directions without ever developing overbearing side load.

Chain: these shackles are commonly referred to as D-shackles because the design looks like a capital D. The shape is narrower than the above restraints, which allows for this shackle to take high loads and keep them primarily in line. Chain shackles can twist and bend as a result of side and racking loads.

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