Oblong rings rule :good2:Ken has some awesome slings with the rings to fit your loader hooks on them. He has several different lengths to choose from and a really good price on them. I have a few myself, very well built. Use that link above or google Kens Bolt On Hooks.
When you mentioned being a certified rigger it reminded me of this - a basic rigging handbook that I found very useful.Chains are for pulling logs not lifting things, very few chains you buy and most people use are actually lifting chains most are rated at pulling force. I am an EPRI certified Master Rigger as one of my qualifications at work, we NEVER lift or rig with chains, ever.Get some quality nylon straps and you will be good to go. TSC or RK carry decent ones for the price, high quality stuff gets real expensive real quick.
Kenny had posted a graphic once which showed the reduction of work load with the different hitches. That is what I was originally searching for when I found Randy’s rigging workbook.
Yep, big difference between home and farm use and work use. :good2:I too am rigging qualified , I'm a Millwright by trade. Rigging is a big part of my job. Its ok to use chain. It along with any other type of sling or lifting device must have a tag on it stating the capacity. Most of those hooks we all have on our loaders aren't legal for lifting. But what one can get away wit at home, or small farm is very different than the work place. Even at work some contractors do things very differently than others .