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How to Choose a Lifting Sling

If you are unsure about which lifting sling is best for your application, contact our knowledgable sales staff Monday thru Friday 7:00am - 9:00pm at 800-404-7068 and they will be glad to help you! Your call will be answered promptly.

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  • Nylon Slings

  • Most widely used multi-purpose sling
  • Flexibility of the fabric prevents it from locking up on a load
  • Strong, easy to handle, and relatively inexpensive
  • Unaffected by oil and grease
  • Resilient to aldehydes, ethers, and strong alkalies
  • Not suitable for use with acids or bleaching agents
  • Stretches approximately 8-10% at rated capacity
  • Should not be used in temperatures over 194°F (90°C)

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  • Polyester Slings

  • Flexibility of the fabric prevents it from locking up on a load
  • Unaffected by common acids and hot bleaching agents
  • Not suitable for use around concentrated sulfuric acids or alkaline
  • Stretch approximately 3-5% at rated capacity
  • Should not be used in temperatures over 194°F (90°C)
  • Lightweight polyester material is easy to handle and store when not in use

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  • Wire Rope Slings

  • Offers high strength and flexibility in a smaller diameter
  • 6x19 class is most widely used due to a good combination of flexibility and wear resistance
  • 6x37 class is used primarily in larger diameter wire rope; large number of strands per wire make it more flexible but lessens resistance to abrasion
  • 7x7x7 class utilize ultra-flexible and corrosion-resistant galvanized aircraft cables

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  • Chain Slings

  • Strong, durable, flexible; collapses for easy storage
  • Available in Grade 100 lifting chain
  • Often used in high temperature or under adverse conditions that would normally destroy or wear other types of slings
  • Wide variety of hook end fittings available
  • Price can be substantially higher than the other types
  • Generally do not stretch at rated capacity (or very minimally), but can stretch 15-20% prior to failure


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Load Factor Chart
Leg Angle Multiplier
90° 1.000
85° 1.003
80° 1.015
75° 1.035
70° 1.064
65° 1.103
60° 1.154
55° 1.220
50° 1.305
45° 1.414