Stainless Steel Shackles

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Check out our full lineup of stainless steel shackles, perfect for any task that demands toughness and reliability. Whether you're into sailboat rigging or need dependable hardware for marine environments, we've got you covered with our 304 and 316 stainless steel options. These shackles are especially great for resisting corrosion, ensuring they perform well even in harsh marine conditions.
Our selection includes a variety of shackle types: bow shackles, D shackles, anchor shackles, twisted shackles, and swivel snap shackles, all available in marine-grade 304 and 316 stainless steel. The 316 stainless steel is a top pick for those who need extra resistance against saltwater.
For guidance on selecting the right shackle for your needs, check out our helpful product guides and blog posts below. Each type of shackle is designed to meet specific loading and directional demands, making sure you get the best performance for your rigging activities.
Shop now to find sturdy, reliable shackles for both professional and recreational use. Explore our detailed guide to shackles or view our selection of stainless steel shackles to find exactly what you need for your next project.

Stainless-Steel Shackles

When corrosion is the main concern, stainless steel shackles are the way to go. While not as strong as steel, they perform well in and around saltwater and other reactive environments. Stainless-steel is the best at resisting corrosion, however it could rust over time, so we strongly recommend maintaining and cleaning this shackle type periodically.

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Soft shackles and steel shackles each have unique advantages depending on the application. Soft shackles are made from high-strength synthetic fibers, making them lightweight and easy to handle. They are ideal for applications where weight is a concern, such as in sailing or outdoor adventure sports. Steel shackles, on the other hand, provide superior durability and strength, making them better suited for heavy industrial applications and lifting heavy loads. Steel shackles, especially those made from stainless steel or galvanized steel, are preferred in environments where corrosion resistance is crucial.

The weight capacity of a 1-inch shackle depends on its material and grade. Typically, a 1-inch steel shackle can hold between 8.5 tons to 13.5 tons depending on whether it is a Grade 6 or Grade 8 shackle. It's important to check the specific load rating for the shackle type you are using. Always refer to the manufacturer's specifications and ensure compliance with safety standards to avoid overloading.

When using shackles, avoid side-loading unless the shackle is explicitly designed for such use, as it can significantly reduce the shackle's load-bearing capacity. Never use a damaged or deformed shackle and ensure the pin is properly secured. Overloading, mismatching sizes and types, and exposing shackles to corrosive substances without proper corrosion resistance are also practices to avoid.

D shackles, also known as chain shackles, should not be side loaded due to their straight shape and narrower loop compared to bow or anchor shackles. Side loading on D shackles can cause them to twist or bend, compromising the integrity of the load. For applications requiring side-load handling, bow shackles are more appropriate as their rounded shape allows for distribution of the load more evenly.

304 stainless steel contains 18% chromium and 8% nickel, making it highly resistant to corrosion and widely used for kitchenware and piping. 316 stainless steel, also known as marine grade stainless, includes 2% molybdenum which enhances its resistance to chloride exposure and makes it ideal for marine environments. While both types are durable, 316 is preferred for harsher conditions, particularly where salinity or chemicals are present.

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