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Lifting Tongs

Bushman Equipment, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of tongs for lifting and moving a wide range of industrial loads. We design each tong grab for the size, shape and weight and special conditions in your particular application.

Bushman Equipment, Inc. lifting tongs are designed and manufactured according to the latest revisions of ASME Specifications B30.20 and BTH-1, Design of Below-the-Hook Lifting Devices.
There are three basic tong configurations and application concepts:

Supporting Tong   Gripping Tong   Pressure Tong

supporting tong grab

 

gripping tong grab

 

pressure tong grab

Supporting tongs are for single-size objects that have support clearance underneath, such as boxes, crates, bins and containers. The lifting feet of the tong support the load and maintain it on a horizontal lifting plane.

 

Gripping tongs are for materials such as ingots, rolls, tubes, pipes and other round or cylindrical objects. The tong grab extends beyond and below the center of the load to provide additional support. The diameter of the load may vary by approximately 25%, but the variation in length is generally unlimited.

 

Pressure tongs grip the vertical sides of slabs, bales, boxes, billets and other flat or round objects. Pads on pressure tongs provide surface friction or penetration of the load to maintain a safe hold during handling. Pads can come with rubber, belting, pins, points, serrated bits and other materials, depending on the coefficient of friction required for the load.

 Automatic Latching Device for Bushman Equipment, Inc. Lifting Tong Grabs

Automatic Latching Device for Bushman Equipment, Inc. Tong grabs or Lifting tongs     Automatic Latching Device for Bushman Equipment, Inc. Tong grabs or Lifting tongs     Automatic Latching Device for Bushman Equipment, Inc. Tong grabs or Lifting tongs
Each tong is equipped with the Bushman Equipment, Inc. automatic latching device that provides safe and reliable operation of the clamping mechanism. To operate the latch:

With the lift open, position the tong over the load.

Lower the tong onto the load. With the lifting tong resting on the load, and hoist tension released, the latch automatically disengages from the locked open position.

Raise the hoist to allow the tong pads to close onto load. Then lift and move the load to the desired location.

To release the load, lower the tong grab and place the load on the ground to relieve tension. The latch will automatically lock the tong in the open position. Then raise the hoist to remove the tong.


Single Slab Tong

Single Slab Tong
The model 1503 slab tong is a mill duty lifter designed to handle loads in a wide range of widths. Various gripping pads, including steel points and serrated pads, are available. This tong uses a Bushman Equipment, Inc. mechanical latch for easy engagement and disengagement of the load.

mill duty slab tong
A major US integrated steel mill uses this 50 ton capacity Model 1503 slab tong to lift and transport slabs 22 to 76 inches wide.

custom designed slab tong for lifting hot or cold slabs
Custom designed slab tong for use with cold or hot slabs. Single or duplex slab tongs can be designed with automatic latching or winch operated and can have custom gripping shoes to suit your specific needs. These units can be designed to pick up single or multiple slabs.  We will design to match your crane connections.

Mill duty roll tong with an automatic latch
This tong is a mill duty lifter with a capacity of 35 metric tons. It can handle a wide range of roll diameters, eliminating the necessity for multiple lifters. It has an automatic latch for easy engagement and disengagement of rolls. Pads are available with a variety of liners to accommodate the specific application.


Mill Roll Tong 

mill roll tong grab or lifting tong with an automatic latch
This Model 1529 mill duty roll tong, built for a major steel company, has a capacity of 98,000 pounds.

Ingot tongs are mill roll tong grabs or lifting tongs
These Model 1529 mill roll ingot tongs handle a range of round steel ingots. The ingots are 12 to 40 inches in diameter and weigh up to 50,000 pounds.

Motorized Lay Down Ingot Tong

Mill duty motorized lay down ingot tong grab
This special mill duty ingot tong, or ingot lifter, lifts ingots from a vertical position and lays them down horizontally. The lifter legs have rotating pads mounted on an inclined plane to increase gripping pressure. A cam behind the pads provides locking to protect the load.


Pressure Tong

Pressure tong grab or lifting tong
This Bushman Equipment, Inc. pressure tong holds aluminum scrap blocks. It will also handle bales, boxes, ingots and other flat or straight-sided objects. Pads provide surface friction or penetration of the load to maintain a safe hold during handling. The pads can come with rubber, belting, pins, or points depending on the coefficient of friction required for the load.

 
Vertical Cylinder Tong Grab

Vertical cylinder pressure tong grab
In addition to the cylinder of bottled gas shown here, these pressure tongs can handle materials such as ingots, rolls, tubes and other round or cylindrical objects. These vertical tongs can handle loads of differing lengths.


Pressure Tong Grab

pressure tong grab
This Model 1029 pressure tong lifts packages of ceiling tiles.

Paper Roll Clamp is a pressure tong grab or lifting tong
Paper Roll Tong or Clamp - This paper roll lifter, used by a major paper mill, is also a pressure tong.


Bale Tongs

bale tong grab or lifting tong    
Model 1080-F bale tongs lift bales of paper, metal shavings, cotton, foam and related materials.


Three-legged Tong Grabs

three-leg lifting tong grab
This three-leg tong lifts barrels from under the top lid.

Custom Designed Tongs

lifting tong is used with spreader bars
This tong is used with spreader bars to pick up finishing rolls and put them in a grinder.

Telescopic Hydraulic Gripping Slab/Bloom Tong
30-ton Capacity Telescopic Hydraulic Gripping Slab/Bloom Tong

Significantly lighter than a conventional slab tong
No need for automatic latching or tong open/close hoist

  custom below-the-hook lifting tongs

custom designed lifting tongs

custom designed lifting tongs

 

 

  1. Model 1029-E lifts light weight, short round shapes.

  2. Model 1529-D lifts heavy, long, round shapes.

  3. Model 1529-M lifts heavy, short, round shapes.

  4. Model 1570-K with rotating pads lifts vertically; lies down horizontally.

  5. Model 1030 Drum Lifter lifts vertically.

  6. Model 1529-D is a lifting beam with two tongs for long loads. The legs are designed to lift bundles of pipe and bar.

  7. Model 1070-0 is a pressure tong that lifts round loads vertically.