Webbing Slings vs. Round Slings: Choosing the Right Lifting Sling

4 March 2024

When choosing between webbing slings vs round slings, how do you decide which one to use? Selecting the appropriate lifting sling is important for safety and efficiency in material handling and lifting operations. Webbing and round slings are two popular options among the various lifting slings. While both serve the same essential purpose of lifting heavy loads, their construction, design, and suitability differ for different applications. In this blog post, we’ll explore the differences between webbing slings and round slings and provide insights into when to choose each type based on specific lifting requirements.

Webbing Slings

Webbing slings are constructed from woven polyester fibers, providing strength and durability. They feature a flat design with stitched loops at each end for attachment to lifting equipment. Our heavy lift polyester webbing slings are available in capacities ranging from 15t up to 50t, offering a wide range of options to suit various lifting needs. Additionally, these slings come in lengths tailored to your requirements.

On request, we can customize our webbing slings with different Working Load Limits (WLL), widths, and configurations, including triangles or endless options, to meet specific project needs.

Furthermore, all our products comply with the European norm 1492-1/machine directive, ensuring compliance with safety standards and regulations for lifting equipment. This commitment to quality and safety underscores our dedication to providing reliable solutions for material handling and lifting tasks.

A webbing sling

When to Choose a Webbing Sling:

  • Lifting Irregularly Shaped Loads: Webbing slings exceed at lifting loads with irregular shapes, thanks to their flat surface area that provides even pressure distribution.
  • Lifting Delicate Surfaces: Webbing slings are ideal for lifting delicate or polished surfaces where minimizing contact pressure is essential to prevent damage.
  • Handling Loads with Sharp Edges: The robust construction of webbing slings makes them suitable for lifting loads with sharp edges, minimizing the risk of damage.
  • Budget-Friendly Option: Webbing slings are often more cost-effective than round slings, making them a preferred choice for budget-conscious projects.

Round Slings

Round slings, such as Extreema® round slings, are made from high-strength synthetic fibers such as Dyneema®, HMPE, Aramid, and Cordura®. This innovative design combines remarkable strength with flexibility, making round slings ideal for a wide range of lifting applications. Round slings offer outstanding flexibility compared to webbing slings, allowing them to conform to the shape of the load without causing damage. Due to the high-strength fibers, round slings are also resistant to abrasion, UV rays, and most chemicals, ensuring durability and longevity in demanding lifting environments.

Extreema® round slings can be manufactured with capacities ranging up to 4500T, showcasing their immense strength and versatility. With a wide range of materials available, including Dyneema®, HMPE, and other high-performance fibers, Extreema round slings can be tailored to meet specific requirements and used in many applications. This versatility makes them indispensable tools in various industries, including construction, shipping, manufacturing, and more.

a round sling lifting a bridge part

When to Choose a Round Sling:

  • Flexibility Requirements: If the load requires flexibility during lifting, such as conforming to its shape, Extreema® round slings offer superior flexibility compared to webbing slings.
  • Enhanced Load Distribution: The tubular design of Extreema® round slings allows for even load distribution, reducing stress concentrations and improving safety during lifting operations.
  • Versatility: Extreema® round slings can be used in choker, vertical, or basket lift, offering versatility in various lifting configurations.
  • Diversity Due to Multiple Materials: Extreema® round slings provide diverse options due to the availability of multiple materials, allowing for customization based on specific lifting requirements.
  • Ability to Lift Heavier Loads: Round slings can lift heavier loads than webbing slings, making them suitable for heavy lifting applications.

Make Informed Choices Between Webbing and Round Slings

Understanding the differences between webbing slings vs round slings is essential for selecting the correct lifting equipment to ensure safety and efficiency in material handling operations. Webbing slings are budget-friendly and provide more even pressure distribution, making them suitable for various lifting tasks. In contrast, round slings, exemplified by Extreema® round slings, provide exceptional strength, flexibility, and versatility.

By recognizing the unique features and advantages of each type of sling, you can make informed decisions tailored to your specific lifting requirements. Whether lifting irregularly shaped loads, delicate surfaces, or heavy-duty materials, our team is here to assist you in choosing the ideal lifting sling for your projects. With our expertise and commitment to safety, we ensure that you lift with confidence and reliability, achieving success in your lifting operation.applications.

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