These shackles are a great alternative to S-hooks and can be used multiple times. They are also easier to install than S-hooks and stronger, which is why some cities and parks require their use instead of S-hooks. The shackle is 5/16″ with a 3/8″ x 1 1/2″ bolt, and has a 1/2″ opening at the bolt and a 1″ opening at the widest point, which can accommodate up to a 1/2″ chain. They work with our swing hangers and chain except the A7800 – A7900. The shackle has a hardness of 212 HBS and the bolt has a hardness of 176 HBS. This product should last 2 years in harsh conditions and up to 5 years in optimal conditions, with some conditions requiring replacement sooner. The tensile strength of these shackles is 12,500 lbs.
**Installation, Safe Use and Maintenance Instructions**
IMPORTANT: Please read for important information. In this material we have tried to provide some requirements stated in the CPSC Handbooks, ASTM F2373-11, F1487-11 and F1148-09. However, we in no way intend for this to be a complete list of requirements. Also these publications are updated frequently with changes therefore, you should read these publications yourself to determine if any part or installation could prove a danger to a child.
To help keep children safe from harm, review installation and maintenance instructions before installing equipment. These are located in the description of every product on our website. www.americanswing.com Download and print these instructions and keep in a safe place. Our website also has a “Product Testing Information” page. All products are tested for lead, phthalates and tensile strength. You can also call us at 1-800-433-2573 for more information or see http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/325.pdf.
Installation: Our parts are sold as either replacement parts or components of a set, unless you are buying our Metal Frame Set, therefore these parts need to be installed according to the sets installation instructions. If the installation instructions differ from ours please contact us at 800-433-2573.
Make sure you are using correct size of shackle. The shackle should not crimp material producing a wear spot on whatever material you are attaching to shackle. Unscrew shackle bolt from one side of shackle body with A5750 wrench. Place bolt through the two openings present on the components you are attaching together. Screw shackle bolt back into shackle body. Shackles can be used in various assemblies. Call us if you have any questions. Shackles should never be pulled at an angle because the capacity will be tremendously reduced. Centralize whatever is being attached on the bolt with suitable washers or spacers. Ensure the bolt is correctly screwed into the shackle eye with an A5750 wrench. Check that the threads are fully engaged with the body, but not so tight that it causes the body to bend in or that the threads go past the body by more than two threads.
Safe Use: This is for children 0 – 12 years old only. Adults should supervise children at all times. Do not allow children to use unsafely. Do not allow it to be used if damaged.
Maintenance: : Do the following to reduce the chance of serious injuries. At beginning and end of each play season and once a month during play season, check for sharp edges and/or cracks in metal. Check for excessive wear Check for rust and to make sure bolt is still tight and not more than 10% worn. Replace parts as necessary for safety. The shackle bolt should never be replaced with a regular bolt. Maintain detailed inspection and maintenance records for public-use playground equipment.
Any damage from vandalism, abuse or misuse VOIDS all warranties.