Whether you’re working in the construction industry, digging out valuable resources in the mining sector or fabricating crucial infrastructure and equipment in the manufacturing space, you have a variety of different tools and gear to choose from to help you get the work done safely and effectively.
Chances are that, regardless of the sector you work in, you’ll need to lift some pretty heavy objects. That’s where synthetic material lifting slings come into play. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at the two types of lifting slings available to help you get a better understanding of which would be most suitable for your project.
Webbing slings are flat-belt straps that are mostly woven together using 100% high-tensile polyester and feature eye loops at both ends. These synthetic slings can be manufactured in serval lengths and widths and can support loads of up to 10 tonnes. They are conveniently colour coded, so you can easily know the exact lifting strength of the equipment immediately.
Webbing slings features and benefits
Webbing slings are highly flexible, conveniently lightweight and easily portable. They have a wide bearing surface that helps protect your loads when lifting. Their flexible nature gives you the ability the rap them around loads that are irregularly shaped, making them ideal utility sling.
Their lightweight, soft and stretchy features help to minimise shock loading problems and greatly reduce scratching and denting when you’re loading and lifting your items.
Round slings are similar to webbing slings in that they’re also mostly manufactured using high-tensile polyester. Round slings though come with protective coverings in the form of a woven tubular jacket.
Round slings are, in a nutshell, an endless loop of yarn. All of the load-bearing yarns in round slings have their own polyester sleeves, ensuring their durability when lifting heavy loads time and time again. Just like their webbing counterparts, round slings are colour coded, allowing you to quickly identify the lifting strength of the gear at a glance. These slings are ideal in situations where you would need to choke your loads.
Round slings features and benefits
Much like webbing slings, round slings are portable and flexible, but do offer much more protection to your loads when lifting them. The endless loops of yarn in round slings provide a stronger choke hold on your items than webbing slings offer while allowing the pressure point of the load to continuously change.
Webbing slings vs round slings – which are better?
Both kinds of synthetic slings are made for different applications and have their own unique benefits. Round slings, however, are not recommended in moist conditions, although they do have much lower stretching rates than webbing slings. They aren’t the strongest types of slings out there and are more for specialized applications.
If you’d like to learn more about webbing slings and round slings, get in touch with us today!