Wire Rope Slings
Wire Rope Slings
Wire rope slings are extremely strong and an excellent choice for heavy duty jobs involving not only lifting, but also hoisting, towing, or anchoring loads. The fabrication of wire slings also offers excellent abrasion-resistance and heat resistance so it can be used in extreme conditions and temperatures. Its pliable design can conform to the shape of a load for a more secure application.
Wire rope slings are manufactured in a variety of configurations, with 6x19 and 6x36, being two of the most common. The numbers represent the number of wires making up the strand and the number of strands wrapped around the core. For example, a 6x19 indicates that there are 19 wires making up a strand, and 6 strands are wrapped around the core.
Each steel wire rope configuration will offer different benefits and will be better suited to certain applications. In general, a smaller number of large outer wires offers better wear and corrosion resistance, while a larger number of small wires provides a better level of flexibility and fatigue resistance.
We offer steel wire rope slings in both 6x19 and 6x36 configurations, depending on the diameter of the wire rope. All are in a bright (unfinished) wire rope, but other configurations are available by request. Our cable laid slings are manufactured in a 7x7x7 galvanized wire rope (composed of 7 strands of 7x7 cables), which make them extremely flexible and useful for more specialized applications.
The eye loops on our sling cable are created with a Flemish splice, which is a mechanical splice where the rope cable is separated into two parts (one part has three strands, the other part has the remaining three strands plus the core), then re-laid back in the opposite direction to form the loop. The ends are then secured with a carbon steel sleeve around the entire area. Flemish splices offer the most efficient use of capacity.
The core of the wire rope used in cable slings can be made of several different materials, including steel or natural fibers. Our steel wire rope slings are made with Extra Improved Plowed Steel (EIPS) around an Independent Wire Rope Core (IWRC) for the ultimate in strength and durability.
For more information on wire rope configurations, see our category of wire rope.
Our categories of wire rope slings are broken down by number of legs, hardware, and the diameter of the wire rope. Each wire sling is made to order, so custom slings are also always an option if you don't see what you're looking for here.
Import Lifting Slings and Domestic Lifting Slings
We offer a wide selection of both domestic wire rope slings and import wire rope slings online, with additional options and customization available by calling our sales team.
Our domestic wire rope slings are made in the USA with quality components from leading companies in the country.
Import slings are a more cost-effective choice yet offer the same wire rope strength and working load limits as our domestic slings. Our imported slings also feature sleeve components from Crosby. Wire rope slings we import are also available in custom configurations.
Single Leg Wire Rope Slings
Sometimes called eye & eye slings because of an oval "eye" at each end, these 1 leg cable slings are rugged and reliable and a very popular choice among wire slings. The eyes are formed using a Flemish eye splice and secured with a carbon steel sleeve.
Single leg cable slings are available in a variety of styles: Eye & Thimble, Thimble & Thimble, Eye & Hook, Eye & Eye, Sliding Choker, and Cable Laid.
2 Leg Wire Rope Slings
Also known as a 2 leg bridle sling, this sling offers increased versatility over a sling with just a single leg. Manufactured with a Flemish eye that's spliced with a carbon steel sleeve; end options range from a latched eye hook to a simple eye design. Our 2 leg wire rope slings are available in seven different diameters of rope. Custom options are also an option.
3 Leg Wire Rope Slings
Our 3 leg wire rope slings are also known in the industry as a 3 leg bridle sling. Each is manufactured with a Flemish eye that's spliced with a carbon steel sleeve for the ultimate in safety and strength. End options include latched eye hooks, eyes equipped with thimbles, and more, as customized options are always available. Our 3 leg wire rope slings are available in seven different diameters of rope.
4 Leg Wire Rope Slings
A 4 leg bridle sling offers the ultimate in versatility. Also known in the industry as wire rope 4 leg bridle slings, ours are manufactured with a Flemish eye that's spliced with a carbon steel sleeve for an extra measure of security. And because legs can be fitted with hardware of your choosing, from simple eye formations to heavy duty hooks, it results in a sling customized to your exact application needs. Our 4 leg wire rope slings are available in six different diameters of rope.
Braided wire rope slings are formed when multiple wire ropes are braided continuously to form the body of the sling and the eye/eyes into a single fabricated sling. Braided wire slings are excellent for higher capacity lifts and can be either round or flat. One benefit of a braided sling is its ability to conform snugly to a load that's in a choker hitch. Because of the braided design, they also are better resistant to kinking.
Our braided wire rope slings are made in the USA and available in a variety of configurations, including a 3-part braid, 6-part braid, 8-part braid, and 9-part braid. Several style options are also available, including standard eyes, thimble eyes, and more, to create a customized braided wire rope sling to your specifications.
Braided wire slings are available for order by calling our sales team.
Along with a range of custom steel cable slings, we also carry related products and accessories like anchor shackles.
An anchor shackle is particularly useful with single leg eye and thimble wire rope slings and single leg thimble and thimble wire rope slings.
For more component options, see our entire category of rigging supplies and rigging hardware , which includes wire rope thimbles, wire rope clips, and rigging hooks.
How to Calculate the Length of a Wire Rope Sling
Wire rope bridles are measured by the length of the sling leg plus the end hook. The length of the oblong master should not be included in the overall measurement.
Our slings are available in a variety of lengths, but can also be customized to any length you need. Give our sales team a call for more information or to place a custom order.
Wire Rope Sling Protection
"Slings in contact with edges, corners, protrusions, or abrasive surfaces shall be protected with a material of sufficient strength, thickness, and construction to prevent damage." - ASME B30.9 (2021) 9-5.10.4(d)
We carry a number of sling protection options that are compatible with wire rope slings - browse our selection today!
Sling Proof Testing Certificates
All of our slings are inspected, certified and tagged with metal tags displaying rated capacities by hitch types and angles; diameter or size; and name/trademark of the manufacturer.
Proof testing certificates can be supplied with your order for a nominal fee and must be requested at the time of order. Proof tests are performed in the factory where the sling is pull tested to 2x the vertical rating and officially recorded as proof for governing bodies. During the standard manufacturing process, only random slings during a production run are tested for compliance; in order to provide proof testing certificates with your order, every sling must be pull tested at the time of manufacture.
Other Types of Lifting Slings
If steel wire rope slings are not the best choice for your application, we also offer chain slings, nylon lifting slings, and polyester round slings in a wide range of styles and capacities. As with all of our lifting slings, customization is always an option.
If you need help selecting a sling, check out our How to Choose a Lifting Sling page or call our product specialists . They'll be happy to any answer questions you may have and can even place a custom order if needed.