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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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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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A Few Considerations When Selecting Your Next Air Winch

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Air winches are used to pull or lift a load to a specific point. They have automatic holding brakes and are considered high-speed compared to the Griphoist or electric winches. When selecting an air winch for your next project, it’s not always simple as point and rent. Follow these guidelines to choose the correct utility winch for your next application:

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A Guide To Standard Web Sling Types

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There’s a variety of web sling types and it’s not always clear which one you’re going to need for your upcoming project. Here’s a simple guide that’ll help determine which type will help ensure a successful endeavor.


Hardware Slings

Unlink and Web Trap – Hardware can help to extend sling life by protecting the webbing from abrasion on rough crane hooks. Hardware can often be reused, lowering sling replacement costs.

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Getting to Know Your Basic Platform Trucks

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Platform trucks can be a vital piece of your material handling equipment order, but sometimes they’re overlooked during the search for rigging and hoisting equipment.

It’s important to know that often times you’ll need additional material handling equipment in order to get the job done. However, there happens to be many types of platform trucks. So, the question becomes: Which platform truck do I need? Below is a quick, easy quick to your basic platform trucks.

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Why You Should Consider Renting An Air Skate System

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Designed by Airfloat®, air skates or air skid systems allow for the safe, nearly frictionless movement of large loads or machinery. They come in a variety of sizes and capacities and are lightweight and durable. These systems are designed to compete with systems and solutions that are far less flexible, including heavy duty casters and rollers.

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Effects of Angle of Lift on Sling Rated Capacity

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Using slings at an angle can become deadly if that angle is not taken into consideration when selecting the sling to be used. The tension on each leg of the sling is increased as the angle of sling, from horizontal, decreases. It is most desirable for a sling to have a larger angle of lift, approaching 90-degrees. Lifts with angles of less than 30-degrees from horizontal are not recommended. If you can measure the angle of the sling, or the length and height of the sling as rigged, you can determine the properly rated sling for your lift. This may also be called a Tension Factor, but we will refer to this as our Load Angle Factor [L.A.F.].

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