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What are the snap hooks?

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  In some applications, connecting ropes to a rig or to one another requires a versatile, reversible connection, which can be quickly applied and removed to adapt to changing conditions. Usually seen inbarrier ropes, lanyards, keychains, pet leads and other applications requiring flexibility and adaptability.

  

  Types Of Snaps 

  • The traditional snap hook is perhaps the most common type. Snap hooks are equipped with a durable spring that allows for strong, quick attachment to a rope, cable, chain, or other line.

   In its most basic form, a snap hook is a roughly question-mark shaped metal hook with a hollow section into which the spring-loaded closing bar is fitted. There will also be a small appendage that catches the snap hook and opens it when pressed with the thumb. Upon release of the knob, the gate snaps close by the spring’s action.

  • Trigger Snap Hooks

  Trigger snaps are considered a specialized type of snap hook. The distinguishing feature of a trigger snap is the addition of a small lever onto the spring gate apparatus. The snap’s user can easily press the lever, which then causes the spring gate to retract inwards and release the attached line.

  • Swivel Snap Hooks 

  The swivel hook construction and quick, spring-loaded operation of a snap hook helps them to be one of the most popular hooks and clasps, and their hardy, durable construction and attractive nickel plating make them favourites across the board.

This swivel eye lets the snap hook spin on its axis freely, making it a highly adjustable and free-moving hook, while the eye itself allows the hook to be angled differently to the rope to which it is attached, providing more versatility and flexibility in the design.

  

  There are five types of material commonly used to produce snaps. 

  • Die cast zinc.

  Zinc casting alloys tend to be stronger than reinforced, molded polymers. Zinc has self-lubricating abilities, and its stability makes it highly compatible for mechanical parts that move, such as gears. Zinc is also non-toxic and reusable.

  • Stainless steel.

  Stainless steel is exceptionally resistant to corrosion, making it a good fit for outdoor applications. In fact, high-grade stainless-steel alloys are even compatible for high acidity, high pressure, and high temperature conditions. Stainless steel is extremely durable and its lifespan typically offsets any increased upfront costs.

  • Brass.

  Manufacturers often use brass for highly decorative applications that don’t involve a lot of moving parts or constant friction. Furthermore, brass is highly non-flammable, making it perfect for products that will be used around flammable or explosive gases.

  • Malleable iron.

  This material is often used for small castings or castings that have cross-sections of 0.25” or less. Malleable iron is very tough, highly ductile, and extremely heat resistant. It is utilized in electrical and pipe fittings, hand tools, and farm equipment, among other products.

  • Steel.

  Steel is a strong metal and can be formed according to rigorous standards of safety and quality.


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