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Matt Kral

A graduate of Lewis University’s award-winning journalism team in 2010 as both section editor and copy editor, current active member of the Lifting Gear Hire sales force. Matt Kral brings his experience in the heavy equipment rental industry and insight into what information is desired in the field to this blog to provide relevant content to the customers of the largest lifting equipment rental company in the United States.

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How To Inspect Wire Rope Slings

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Wire rope is a machine.

It’s a rather complex machine, actually. Its primary function is to move, which in turn is where it obtains its source of strength. And because it is such a complex piece of machinery, no precise rules have been given to determine exactly when a wire rope sling has passed it’s service or expiration date. There are guidelines, though, one should follow to know whether the sling they possess is suitable for continued use or needs replacement.

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Confused By Eyebolt Standards? Let’s clear it up.

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In 1960, when ANSI first published the B18.15 standard on forged eyebolts, they stated “that it would be impossible to develop an ANSI standard which would agree with even a small percentage of the standard products (eyebolts) being produced.” This forced them to attempt to come as close as possible to an average value for forged eyebolts.

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Sliced Bread is the Coolest Thing Since the Tirfor®

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While everyone is going around discussing how awesome sliced bread is (as if we didn’t already know that), another invention had already been registered at the patent office before sliced bread was even a thing. It’s a handy piece of equipment called the Tirfor®.

Also referred to as the Griphoist® or a German come-a-long, the Tirfor® is a registered trademark of the Tractel® Group, which was founded in 1941. It’s a pulling and lifting device that operates in conjunction with wire rope that passes through the machine. The device is controlled by two pairs of jaws that operate alternatively to drive levers, which allow the movement of the wire rope or cable for almost unlimited pulling length or lifting height with pinpoint accuracy in positioning loads. So yes, it’s awesome, but what exactly is the point of origin of it’s awesomeness?

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Guidelines For Tag lines

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With large complex lifts – using a planned tag line procedure makes the lift go very smoothly without anybody getting nervous or upset. One person should be able to control the complete tag line operation by just using hand signals to direct the other tag line tenders and in doing so will be able to maintain about the same tension on each tag line.

Tag lines can help keep a load under control – but remember, your weight is no match against a load that has started to swing and develop momentum!

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The 12 Sling Commandments

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Here at Lifting Gear Hire, we strive to put safety first and we encourage everyone to do the same. To do that, we endeavor to provide the most up-to-date knowledge and safety info to ensure a safe, successful lift every time. 

Whenever any sling is used, its highly advisable to observe and follow a few basic safety practices. Henceforth, these are the 12 Sling Commandments that everyone should follow (if you want a safe lift, of course).

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What is Pythagoras’ Theorem?

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We’re glad you endeavored to ask. Discovered by the ancient Greek mathematician, Pythagoras, during 569-475 BC, the Pythagoras’ Theorem, also referred to as the Pythagorean Theorem, is a fundamental relation in the study of Geometry among the three sides of a right triangle (as pictured).

Although its commonly debated that the formula existed before his time, Pythagoras is well-assumed and credited with its first recorded proof. Since then, the theorem has been proven numerous times by various mathematicians including Euclid and Einstein.

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Fun Facts About Shackles (No, Really)

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You may think you know all about shackles, but do you really? We pulled a fun fact list together about our shackles to see how much you truly understand about these handy pieces of equipment. Check off which ones you knew, which ones you didn’t, and let us know in the comments below!

  • All sizes of shackles are Quenched and Tempered for maximum strength.
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Basic Hoist Operating Practices

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As with any type of equipment, there are standard practices to adhere to before you begin using it. Such is the case for any type of hoisting equipment including hand-operated, electric, and air-powered hoists. In order to effectively utilize your hoisting equipment, ensure your safety, and maximize its full operating potential, make sure to follow the Do’s and Don’ts below outlined below. Because here at Lifting Gear Hire, your safety comes first.

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How To Use An Air Filter/Dryer System

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An air filter system’s primary function is to help keep your air compressor operating at maximum efficiency. However, this accessory item sometimes gets overlooked when placing a rental order. Don’t do that. An air filter system can be crucial to keeping your air compressor from clogging from foreign items and a dryer system will keep air lines from collecting moisture or freezing. How do they work? Glad you asked.

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So… Which Snatch Block Do I Need?

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There are various combinations to increase the lifting and/or pulling capacity with the use of snatch blocks or sheave blocks for wire ropes. However, not every combination can or should be used for every type of project. Some of the considerations you should have prior to the start of any project include the type of snatch block you might need to rent for your project. Well, consider no more. Here are a few of the different snatch blocks that are available for rental.

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