Lifting Tongs are specialized lifting tools used primarily for moving steel shapes in a repetitive production environment. Steel mills, steel forging and steel casting plants utilize tongs because they are designed to fit a limited range steel sizes and weights, and are capable of handling differing steel types at high temperatures.
These are 3 basic categories of Lifting Tongs.
- Supporting Tongs – are for single size objects that have clearance underneath for lifting feet
- Gripping Tongs – are for materials like ingots, rolls, tubes, pipes and other round our cylindrical objects
- Pressure Tong – grip the vertical sizes of slabs, bales, billets, or other flat or round objects. Pads or Pins provide surface friction to maintain safe holding pressure.
Brands of Tongs Available:
Bushman – Severe duty lifting tongs with a Bushman Auto-Latch for hands free operation of the clamping mechanism.
Liftmax – Light duty lifting tongs designed lift specific loads like machined parts, forgings, tooling.
There a several types of Lifting Tongs mechanically operate different lift loads.
Scissor Tongs – Use a scissoring mechanism to clamp to the load
Manual Tong – Can be opened manually by hand, and closes around load with supporting feet
ID Tong – Lift Loads from the Inside Dimension using a plate to expand the lifting legs to make contact with the load
OD Tong – Lifts Loads by connecting to the part on the Outer Diameter edge
Lifting Tongs are a great tool when lifting steel parts in a low or high frequency when the steel shapes are of similar size. Lifting Tongs are also a great tool for lifting hot steel ingots, billets, blockers, pipe, forgings or castings.
Confused on how to order the correct tong? Not sure if you need a supporting, gripping or pressure tong? Download our easy to understand flyer on how to select the proper lifting tong.