A Brief Overview of Various Types of Lifting Slings

A Brief Overview of Various Types of Lifting Slings

If you are in the market for a new lifting sling, you might be unsure what type to purchase. There are several types, including Chain, Mesh, and Nylon. Each of these lifting slings has its advantages and disadvantages. Here is a quick review of the main types. Read on to learn more about their features. Weigh your options and choose the one that best meets your needs.

Chain sling:

A chain sling is a lifting sling that consists of a long chain connected to a hoist. The chain must be anchored to a vertical object by a hoist hook located directly above the load’s center of gravity. Otherwise, the load will tilt, and uneven stress will be transferred to the sling legs. Keeping the angle as large as possible and distributing the load evenly between the legs will prevent this problem.

Alloy chain slings are the most durable lifting slings, although their wire rope can get damaged easily. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends that they be disposed of if they are damaged. In addition, steel-core wire ropes should not be stored in temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. On the other hand, Alloy chain slings are known for their strength and durability. They are the toughest lifting solutions available and can withstand high temperatures, collisions, and chemical exposure. However, not all alloy chains are suitable for overhead lifting.

Mesh sling:

Metal mesh slings, or wire mesh slings, are an excellent option for heavy-duty lifting. These slings are made of high-tensile wire mesh and provide the best possible load securement for lifting heavy, hot, or abrasive loads. They are highly flexible and can withstand temperatures up to 550°F. Their durable markings and two-fold proof testing ensure long-lasting performance.

Nylon lifting sling:

The first thing to remember when using a nylon lifting sling is that it can stretch more than polyester slings. Nylon can stretch about 10% more than polyester. However, it has its disadvantages, including a poor resistance to UV light and a tendency to break down in high temperatures. Because of this, it is often better suited to uses where there is little need for shock absorption. Another advantage of nylon slings is their lightweight and ease of use.