A Closer Look at Round and Web Slings

Both round and web slings make for versatile lifting equipment, with many potential applications across rigging. They provide a lightweight option for rigging without sacrificing strength or durability. Their flexibility offers an advantage over other rigging setups that require material to secure around harsh angles. The use of synthetic fibers in their construction makes them more durable than natural fiber rope with greater resistance to the elements than wire rope. Here we will discuss the intricacies of round and web slings, including their construction and most common uses. 

Most Common Applications

Web slings and round slings certainly have their similarities, but their value is their few differences. Each one has specific applications and tasks in mind with their design. Let’s break each down.

  • Web slings are great for finished pieces, delicate pieces and anything that could benefit from multiple points of contact with the sling. This also makes them great for wider pieces by allowing for more contact points. Web slings conform to the shape of the object they are harnessing, providing a snug fit as the load is lifted. 
  • Round rope slings are very similar in their application to web slings with some key differences. Round slings tend to have narrower widths than web slings, offering a decreased surface area. However, this difference is not necessarily a disadvantage as round slings typically have an endless loop of polyester on the outer layer, increasing both the flexibility and the durability of the round sling. 

How They Work – Briefly

While many out there reading this are likely seasoned veterans who are well acquainted with all types of slings, there may be a few who are just getting started in their rigging careers and could use the refresher.

Slings work as follows:

  • On the ground, wrap the round or web sling under the bottom of the load.
  • Raise up ends to an attach point, such as a hook.
  • Before lifting, ensure that the sling has proper spacing to ensure the load is balanced.
  • Lift load. Gravity will keep the load snug to the sling.

It is important to remember that round and web slings are not intended for extended use or for permanent rigging. They are intended to be a lightweight solution to lift loads that will be unloaded relatively quickly. 

Easy To Use, Easy To Source

Synthetic slings are a versatile piece of rigging equipment. Their lightweight design coupled with their strength and durability make them a go-to in every rigger’s kit. Southwest Wire Rope is here to provide you with a wide array of slings to handle whatever you throw at them. If you are in need of new slings on your worksite or need help assembling a complicated rigging setup, reach out to us today!