Lifting (Steel Plate Lifter)

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Designed to be used with either a hook or a chain shackle and must be inserted into its dedicated welded plate.

The steel plate lifters are not to be used for side pull or push. If dragged or pushed to the side or along the ground while in a steel trench plate stress will develop on the ankle part of the plate lifter causing foot breakage and/or the center plate to become pinched. If a tool is abused in this fashion, plate lifter life will be shortened and the working load limit for the tool will be unknown.

Large Plate

For extra-long plates, it is recommended that two plate lifters are used with a spreader bar for stability and to minimize stress. The plate should be measured in thirds along its longest part and a weld in plate placed on each third division.

Hook and Shackle Recommendations

The steel plate lifter works well with either a hook with a maximum thickness of 28.5mm, or a “D” shackle with a 22mm or 25mm diameter pin. Shackles connected to the lifter will need to be a minimum of 4.75t to enable it to fit the device. When using a hook, remember that the hook is holding the plate lifter closed, and should be sized to ensure that it is held tightly shut. When using a shackle instead of a hook with the plate lifter, use a “D“ Shackle to avoid any possible slippage or bending of the plate lifter if the trench plate jumps. Do not use the steel plate lifter with an anchor shackle.

** Please note drop chain is a separate hire item**


Length 84mm
Width 58mm
Height 121mm
Unladen Weight 201kg
Safe working load 3628kg
Minimum safety factor 5:1