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Lifting hooks, also known as rigging hooks or crane hooks, vary widely when it comes to function, design, and capacity. But, essentially, every lifting hook is composed of two main elements: a base, where it is attached to the crane or hoist, and the actual hook-shaped part that holds the load. There are three common types of base (eye, clevis, and swivel) and three common types of hook (grab, slip, and self-locking).

When it comes to lifting hook base types, eye type bases are simple and reliable, but relatively unchangeable after installation on the end of a wire rope. However, if used correctly with a shackle, they can be removed. Clevis hooks can be easily installed on the end of a chain, and should not be removed. And swivel bases have the capacity to rotate, making them the ideal choice when load rotation is expected. 

Grab hooks have tighter throats designed to securely “grab” the load. Slip hooks have wider openings, so they’re usually easier and faster to load, and some include a snapping latch to help keep the rope on the hook. Self-locking hooks provide greater safety than latched hooks because they automatically close and lock when under load.

Contact the lifting and rigging experts at Hercules SLR for more information on which type of lifting hook is right for you.

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