Everything you need to know about Dee Shackles

Everything you need to know about Dee Shackles
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Everything you need to know about Dee Shackles

When it comes to shackles, you want to be sure you are using the right one for the job. With so many different ones to choose from though, it can be difficult to know which one is right for the job at hand.

If you’re curious about dee shackles and whether they might be right for you, we’ve got a rundown of everything you need to know.

What is a Dee shackle?

Unlike most shackles that are typically a U shape, Dee shackles are narrower with a shape that imitates the letter D, hence where the shackle gets its name. Made of metal and with a screw pin bolt across the opening, dee shackles are often used in conjunction with lifting slings to help with a variety of lifting and rigging jobs.

What is a Dee shackle used for?

Due to their unique shape, dee shackles are ideal for rigging jobs where space is limited and dimensions are small. They are also versatile, with applications in a variety of rigging jobs, although they are most commonly used for boats, ships and for industrial crane rigging.

Dee shackles aren’t great at coping with side and racking loads though, as these types of loads can cause the shackle to twist and bend.

How are Dee shackles measured?

Unlike most shackles that are measured according to their pin size, dee shackles are measured according to the diameter of the bow section. It’s also important to note the recommended maximum lifting weight of the dee shackle to ensure you are using the most suitable one for the rigging job in question. The good thing about dee shackles is that both their pin size and maximum lifting weight are typically printed onto the metal itself for easy identification and reassurance.

How do you use a dee shackle?

While dee shackles have a variety of uses, how they are operated remains largely the same regardless of the job at hand.

Attach the objects to the open shackle and secure by tightening the pin back into place. Dee shackles are suitable for the connection of two components, so we recommend not trying to attach more than two as this can cause the dee shackle to bend.

If using the dee shackle for lifting, always check that what you are lifting is not heavier than the maximum lifting weight of the dee shackle.

Dee shackles from The Ratchet Shop

If you require dee shackles for your next lifting or rigging job, we here at The Ratchet Shop stock a wide range of the highest quality dee shackles, all of which come in a variety of sizes and are forged, quenched and tempered with alloy pin. For more information, browse our range of dee shackles, or contact us today.

15 July 2021