Eye bolts have a variety of uses, one of the most common being in the rigging industry, where a steel eye bolt is ideal as an anchor point for many rigging applications.
There are several guidelines to remember when using an eye bolt for rigging, anchoring, pulling, pushing or hoisting.
Regular rigging eyebolts should be used for straight line pulls only. For angular lifts, shoulder eye bolts are the better choice.
Always inspect a threaded eye bolt prior to use and make sure the threads and receiving holes are clean.
Never use an anchor eyebolt if the shank or eye has been bent, elongated, or deformed.
The threaded part of eye bolts must protrude through the load so the nut is allowed full engagement of threading. If an eye bolt protrudes too far through the load, you may need to shim the bolt with washers between the nut and the load prior to putting the nut on.
Stainless Steel Eyebolts vs. Galvanized Eyebolts
Stainless steel and galvanized metal both offer protection from rust and corrosion, making either a good choice for eye bolts and related hardware.
Stainless steel is an alloy of chromium and low carbon steel. Because its anti-corrosion properties are inherent, it will retain its resistance to corrosion even if the stainless steel becomes scratched so it’s an ideal eye bolt for rigging, as well as for tie down bolts, rigging eye bolts and other hardware for demanding uses. There are different grades of stainless steel, with type 304 one of the most common. It resists most oxidizing acids and can withstand ordinary rusting, making it a good choice for outdoor uses in agricultural, automotive and construction environments. It’s also useful for components such as cogs and springs, where corrosion resistance is also important. Another common grade of stainless steel is type 316, which is considered “marine grade.” Type 316 marine grade stainless steel contains molybdenum, which makes it resistant to ocean water mist or spray, so it’s especially useful in extreme conditions or moisture or in a high chloride environment.
Galvanized metal is a metal that has a thin coating of zinc oxide to protect the steel from elements that lead to corrosion and oxidation. A galvanized eye bolt is also a great value as it tends to be less expensive than a stainless steel eyebolt, but still maintains its strength and durability.
Our galvanized eye bolts are forged, which means the metal is hammered or pressed into form. When the steel takes shape, its grain structure stretches and aligns, which creates a stronger piece of finished metal. Forged steel is harder, stronger and more durable than machine parts or cast forms.
All of our eye bolts suppliers offer the very best whether you choose galvanized eye screws or a stainless eye bolt fabrication.