Beam Tongs

Downs' Item# 422

Downs Beam Tongs are standard equipment for all plants handling or processing steel beams and girders. They provide fast and easy means for moving flanged sections through various fabricating processes, with the web upright.

The jaws have been designed for use with both standard and I-beams and wide flange sections. Tong arms are proportioned to provide sufficient contact pressure for a tight hold on the beam without damaging the flanges.

The tongs are provided with a semi-automatic hold-open latch to facilitate placing of the tongs on the beam. With the latch set, the tongs can be lowered onto the beam tripping the latch and lifting the beam with no manual manipulation of the tong.

Tongs may be used singularly or in sets of two, spaced on a spreader beam for added stability of the load.

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Item Number Capacity Max. Flange
Width &
11770 2,000 LBS 10" x 1" 11" 18 LBS
420 3,000 5" x 5/8" 5-1/4 10
421 6,000 8" x 1" 8-1/4 30
422 10,000 14" x 2" 15 62
423 10,000 17" x 2" 18 80
424 20,000 15" x 3" 16 182
425 20,000 18" x 3" 19213
425-300 30,000 27" x 4" 27 5/8317
425-400 40,000 36" x 4" 37555
Dimensions given are in round numbers. We reserve the right to make changes to our designs at any time that may not be reflected in the table. Please ask for a Certified Dimension Print for current dimensions.

The sizes and capacities listed above are a reference to the most common sizes of this equipment. If you have a different capacity, irregular size or some other need that must be met by our equipment, we will be happy to design one of these pieces of equipment to meet your special needs while also meeting or exceeding our interpretation of the appropriate ANSI / ASME. standards.

Improper use of lifting equipment may cause serious injury or death.
Only a Qualified Operator, as defined by the ASME B30.20 Standards, shall operate equipment.
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