Chain is Chain is Chain – Examining The difference between Grades of chain.

We are constantly asked at Elevate “why can’t I use any type of chain for lifting?” and “How to identify chain grade”? The simple answer is that there are many variations designed for different applications.

Chain is generally described using its grade. At Elevate we stock all grades of chain from reputable manufacturers.

Common manufacturers are Thiele, KITO PWB, Yoke, Pewag, Gunnebo and RUD.

The list below shows the most common chains supplied not only to industry but in some cases general household use. All chains except for hardware are generally manufactured to Australian Standards. At Elevate we only supply chain that conforms to the standard applicable to the grade.

Chains are available in self colour, galvanised, Zinc or painted. Most common colours are yellow, Blue, Orange and Green. Most manufacturers have a colour that identifies the chain as theirs.

Commercial Chain – Commercial chain is a basic economical chain manufactured for general purpose applications. Available in galvanised or self-colour options. It is not to be used for lifting or lashing.

Proof Coil – Proof Coil is a tested, not heat treated, mild steel chain. Manufactured in sizes from 6mm to 24mm. It is manufactured from low grade carbon steel and is proof tested to at least twice the maximum load recommended for use. Available in galvanised or self-colour options. It is not to be used for lifting or lashing.

Stainless Steel – Stainless Steel chain is manufactured from Type 316 or 304 stainless which is highly resistant to corrosion in acid, alkaline, marine and salt-water environments. Typical applications for stainless steel chain include pump chains, netting chains and trawl chains. Available in short and regular link. Also available in lifting grade, specifically Grade 60, this is available on request from Elevate.

Grade 70 – manufactured from high tensile steel. Also know as tie down or transport. Chains and fittings are a vital component of safe transport of goods. Chain suitability is determined by its size, strength, hardness and elongation. Elevate supplies high quality chain and assemblies that comply with AS 4344. Identified by the Australian standard along with the lashing capacity stamped on the links. Grade 70 fittings are available suitable for this grade of chain only.

Grade 80 – is manufactured from alloy steel and is hardened and tempered. It has a load bearing capacity more than three times of mild steel chain. This chain complies with AS 2321 for Lifting Chains. It is the most common high tensile chain used in chain assemblies and is compatible with an extensive range of lifting fittings. Identified by markings on the link such as T, 8, 80 or 800. Grade 80 is a harder chain than grade 70 and does not yield like lower grades.

Grade 100 – is manufactured from alloy steel and is hardened and tempered like Grade 80. It offers 25% greater working load limits than Grade 80. This chain complies with AS 2321 for Lifting Chains. It is compatible with a limited range of lifting fittings. Identified by markings on the link such as 10, 100.

Grade 120 – the new player on the block. Still trailing well behind grade 80 and grade 100, Grade 120 chain is designed for the biggest overhead lifting applications. Grade 120 Chain is a premium chain manufactured from high strength alloy steel. Grade 120 Chain has a 50 percent increase in working load limit as compared to a similar size chain in Grade 80.  The Significant weight advantage grade 120 offer makes handling, storing and transporting considerably more safely and economical.

For further information contact the customer service team at Elevate and we will answer all you chain related questions.


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New Product Launch – BlueLink Dynanometer

Crosby Straightpoint are pleased to announce the release of its BlueLink Dynanometer. For 40 years Straightpoint has manufactured and supplied cabled and wireless telemetry loadlink, load shackles, load cells, digital dynamometers, compression loadcells, crane scales, running line tensiometers and software solutions as well as a range of intrinsically safe load cells.


Elevate Lifting and Rigging are a proud supplier of the Crosby Straightpoint product range.


The BlueLink Dynanometer is designed to replace outdated mechanical products still in the field this 6500kg Dynamometer, the “BlueLink” is the latest SP product to feature our proprietary Bluetooth wireless technology.

The Bluetooth signal effortlessly connects to any iOS or Android smartphone that has our free HHP app installed and provides the operator a wireless range of up to 100m – allowing them to stand themselves in a safe position from the load with no requirement to read a load on the loadcell itself. The app will also allow the operator to log data versus time or on events such as over or underload and the adjustable alarm will alert the operator on their smartphone if any overload is occurring.

Rigged using industry standard shackles such as Crosby G2130 the Bluelink has been designed to minimise headroom (156mm from eye to eye) and its compact lightweight design does not sacrifice on strength with a safety factor of over 500%.

Constructed from high quality aerospace grade aluminium and hard anodized it features an advanced internal design structure. This design not only provides the product with an unrivalled strength to weight ratio, but it also allows the use of a separate internal sealed enclosure providing the load cell’s electronic components with NEMA6 or IP67 environmental protection even with the battery cover plate missing, making this industry compact dynamometer even more suitable for use in the harshest industrial or leisure environments.

The BlueLink is powered by four x standard AA alkaline batteries that provide more than 500 hours transmission time and its internal antennae ensures loads to an accuracy of 0.1% FS are transmitted safely.



  • Bluetooth wireless connection to any iOS or Android device with SP HHP App
  • Wireless Range of 100m
  • Battery Life of 500hrs
  • Environmentally Sealed to IP67/NEMA6
  • 90db Audible alarm alert for high/low values
  • Internal Antennae
  • Remote On-Off from HHP App
  • 100 Hz Peak Hold
  • Push button Tare


  • Small to medium crane lifts
  • Millwrighting – machinists – mechanics
  • Freight and cargo weighing
  • Aircraft and marine vessel manufacturing/building
  • Cable/rope tensioning
  • Precision field testing of chain, rope, wire.
  • Multiple applications within construction, transportation and logistics, and material handling


  • 2 year warranty
  • Design validated by F.E.A.
  • Complies with ASME B30.26


  • 4 x AA Batteries
  • Calibration & proof test certificate
  • Multi lingual user manual
  • Carry / transit case
  • RFID Tagged


Now available in stock and simple plug and play operation the BlueLink is a load monitoring device you will wonder how you ever monitored loads without it. Elevate Lifting and Rigging also stock the 6.5tn Grade S bow Shackles that are required to connect to existing rigging.

Complete with secure carry case the BlueLink Dynanometer remains secure while not in use.

Elevate Lifting and Rigging supply the complete range of Crosby Straightpoint products. For further information please contact our customer service team on 1300 434 842 and ask for one our Load monitoring specialists.

Alternatively click on the below link which takes you to our quick enquiry page and we will return your quotation immediately.

Bluelink Dynanometer – Request a Quote

Elevate Lifting and Rigging ship to Australia and New Zealand Wide at very economical rates.

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The Benefits of Portable Gantry Cranes | Aluminum Gantries

The benefits of Portable Gantry Cranes are clearly apparent in their ability to offer fully customisable solutions for all types of material handling. Aluminum Gantries are a lightweight and popular form of equipment, quick to assemble and relatively cost-efficient. They also offer an unparalleled level of flexibility.

Operational optimisation

There are many applications for Aluminum Gantries, especially in terms of the edge that they afford in portability, load-bearing capacity and height adjustment abilities. Here at Elevate Lifting, we are able to offer our valued customers premium products, supported by qualified advice as lifting equipment specialists. So, not only will you have access to the best product range in the business, but you will also gain technical knowledge in order to best utilise your new acquisition.

Our professional suggestion is that Aluminium Portable Gantry Cranes are your best choice as a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution. They will be sure to ‘save the day’, on more than one occasion. With lightweight yet resilient structures, these handy pieces of equipment are suitable for jobs both indoors and out. Basically, portable cranes can easily traverse where other forms of lifting equipment can only dream of going!

Unparalleled versatility

You can use portable cranes just about anywhere. They can fit through tight doorways, can be maneuvered around obstacles, positioned on uneven surfaces (due to the lateral stands being independently adjustable) and can easily be transported from one workstation to another. No job is too big, small or awkward when you have one of these ‘lifesavers’ at your disposal! When you consider all the potential capabilities of the heights, spans, and treads offered on standard Aluminum Portable Gantry Cranes, the sky really is the limit!

With fully adjustable specifications, Aluminum Gantries are akin to the ‘transformers’ of the material handling world! When it comes to lifting and hoisting, you can easily modify the existing structure to suit any task or requirement. Available attachments include single A-frame legs, wall mounted I-beams and range of wheel options. So, if you are looking for supreme adaptability – you just cannot go past an Aluminum Portable Gantry Crane. And, at Elevate Lifting we stand by that.

Quality assurance

Whilst there is always a range of brands available on the market, at Elevate we stock only the tried and trusted names in Aluminum Gantries. You wouldn’t expect anything less, with 25 years worth of reputation for service and quality. We have experienced staff both at home and abroad: in our facilities in Australia and distributed via our affiliates internationally. We stock two leading brands in Portable Gantries, as follows:

  • Schilling Portable Aluminium Gantry Cranes: are quick to assemble and fashioned from only the highest grade materials. They are equipped with collapsible lateral stands, integrated horizontal adjuster, unique park-brake trolley and with aluminum beams fitted in individual lengths. They are available ex-stock or at short notice.
  • Feltes Portable Aluminum Gantry Cranes: are produced according to industry-leading German design specifications. Each model strikes a fine balance between portability, ease-of-use and load-bearing capacity.

Extensive benefits

The benefits of Aluminum Portable Gantry Cranes are uncapped and extensive, limited only by professional expertise and know-how. Accessing reputable manufacturers via Elevate Lifting means your purchase will continue to function as a prime investment – long after you have ‘signed on the dotted line’. Coupled with expert service from our dedicated team, this positions your business perfectly in reaping the rewards of efficient and safe practices in all lifting and hoisting endeavours.

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Company Name Change Announcement


Hoisting Equipment Specialists (VIC) Pty Ltd (HES) has changed its name to ELEVATE LIFTING AND RIGGING PTY LTD.

From the start we have strived to provide more for our customers. We have made a name for ourselves and built a reputation in the lifting and rigging industry by providing a standard of quality in our products unlike any other.

Today, I am proud to share important news regarding a new exciting era of Hoisting Equipment Specialists (VIC) Pty Ltd (HES) where we have steadily grown our teams, our services, our partners and most importantly our clientele.

Catering to the many different sectors in the lifting and rigging market, we have outgrown the name HES to re-brand into a more promising and trusted name, ‘Elevate Lifting and Rigging Pty Ltd’.

Acknowledging the long history of success that we have achieved under HES, we want to further extend our high-end quality products and services to have a greater market impact and “elevate” into becoming a much stronger market leader.

As a result, you will find a larger range of the latest premium products and services at Elevate Lifting that will cater to your existing and future market needs. You will see the Elevate logo introduced into all our website, marketing material, signage, merchandise, business cards, signatures and of course our own branded products.

At Elevate Lifting and Rigging, commitment to our customers and partners remains our priority. The rebranding effort builds on improvements we have made to our business in recent years and this continuing evolution has built a name whose value to you increases by the day.

The continuing rise of Elevate engineering division, producing Australian designed and manufactured lifting apparatus gives us an edge in the industry. Our Customer-first approach, technical expertise, quick turnarounds, industry trained, knowledgeable staff, and exceptional service sets us apart and “elevates” us above our competitors.

As a valued Client, we assure you that all current policies that you have with HES will remain valid and continue to be underwritten by Elevate Lifting and Rigging Pty Ltd.

The re-brand does NOT affect the legal requirements of the existing entity which retains its rights and responsibilities in all existing legal relationships with third parties.

Given that all policies issued under HES brand and logo will remain valid for the term of existing contracts. Elevate Lifting and Rigging will not re-issue policies and schedules in respect of existing policies.

Please note that our rebranding and name change will not impact our shipping and billing address, tax identification, and additional invoicing information, which all remains the same:

Billing Address:

PO Box 8151

Northland Centre Vic Australia 3072

Street Address:

16 Fink Street,

Preston, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3072

Kindly bring this announcement to the attention of your accounts department and direct them to send all future invoices to accordingly.

Below we would also like to share with you the new logo, for your future reference, that will replace our old logos on all corporate documents, envelopes, invoices, shipping documents, product shipping boxes etc;

It nevertheless remains part of our business strategy to maintain transparency and to keep clients and stakeholders fully informed of developments around the name change process.

Most importantly, we wish to thank you for your continued support.

Yours Sincerely,

Dean Nelson,

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Elevate Lifting and Rigging Pty Ltd.

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We get asked by many clients about what the colour of a shackle pin represents.

There is a misconception in the marketplace that unless the pin is yellow it does not comply to Australian Standards. This is completely false.

The pin colour is determined by the manufacturer and it is not mandatory. A pin can be any colour.

Most importantly when ensuring your shackles comply the following minimum criteria must be met as per AS2741-2002 Clause 7.2

  • Manufacturer’s identification
  • Quality Grade, as M or 4, or S or 6
  • WLL
  • Identification marking to correlate the shackle to the test certificate

Hoisting Equipment Specialists stock reputable shackle brands, generally, the pins will be green, yellow, orange and blue just to name a few. We have had pink pins at times.

If you have any questions about shackles be sure to contact our friendly sales team on 1300 HES VIC (1300 437 842).

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Big Lift News: Rosanna Level Crossing

Elevate is proud to supply dynamic rigging through a phenomenal 200-300 tonne capacity lift!

The existing level crossing at Lower Plenty Road in Rosanna was removed and is being replaced by a new rail bridge

The design is in response to the unique environment and topography of the area and the strong desire of the community to minimise the loss of trees from within the Rosanna Parklands while also assisting in traffic and prolonged waiting periods caused by trains going through the crossing.

Works will include the building of a new Rosanna Station, Victoria and are part of the Hurstbridge Rail Line Upgrade project.

Work is ahead of schedule and set to be completed by May 2018.

The lift of the new bridge was installed on Monday 5th April and consisted of significant amount of lifting gear. These photos illustrate a configuration including a 300t spreader, 200t shackles and 200t Slingmaster Round slings.

We would like to thank Ross Johnson from Dynamic Rigging sharing these impressive photos using our products.

#Elevate #levelcrossingremoval #dynamicrigging #BigLift #Lifting #Hoisting #Rigging #Cranes #Engineering #CustomSolution #RosannaCrossing

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Lend Lease Install

Elevate recently had the pleasure of being commissioned by Lend Lease to complete a project for Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Project. You can see in the pictures how precise the fit out must be with the amount of Mech (Exhaust Systems) and Electrical (Conduits and Lighting) works that follow. Our engineering department worked tirelessly to ensure this was designed to meet our clients specific requirements.

Snapshot Elevate were engaged to complete the following;

Design, certification, documentation (including manuals), fabrication, painting, signage, installation and commissioning of total 3 (three) only serialised monorail crane system/s including certified high-voltage insulated connections in accordance with new power authority insulation requirements. Each crane was fitted with the approved Oz-Blok “S” Series Close-Coupled Chain Block and Geared Trolley combination.

#Elevate #lendleaseinstall #cranesysteminstallation #Lifting #Hoisting #Rigging #Cranes #Engineering #CustomSolution #lendleaseinstall

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Elevate Lifting and Rigging Launch new Straightpoint Cable Safe Tensiometer

A new addition to the TIMH range, the CableSafe is the continued evolution of SP’s running line tensiometers. When used in the field, it will allow the user to monitor tension with exceedingly high
levels of accuracy, which ensures that rope/cables do not become overstretched or break.


• Fibre optic cable pulling using turret winches
• Water gates for dams
• Offshore rescue and retrieval
• Capstan rope/cable winding
• Broadcast and telecommunications
• Erecting towers (maintaining structural
• Service and maintenance of cell towers

Group CEO Dean Nelson commented ‘Straightpoint’s continued product development has positioned them as an unrivalled global leader in the development of tension meter products. Not long after the launch of the groundbreaking COLT we now have another avenue to market with the brilliant Cable safe’

For further information click here:

For enquiries

please contact Dean direct on +61 3 9480 7503

Check out the demonstration by our US counterpart Wayne.



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We are pleased to announce the launch of our new website with complete product listings and information to help you with your hoisting needs!

Browse our range of products available, along with specification sheets, manuals, brochure downloads and more!

Our website may be new, but nothing has changed about the Elevate team.  We are still the same knowledgeable, friendly and reliable team you are used to working with.

Take a scroll through our website and let us know what you think!

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