Rope or chain slings? Which one to choose?

Choosing the right sling is not an easy task at all. It is not enough

Choosing the right sling is not an easy task at all. It is not enough to be guided by its price as it can be deceptive. Both chain and rope slings offer similar possibilities. Nevertheless, they differ significantly in their price. Among other things, for this reason, it is necessary to carefully analyze all the features of the sling we chose. Only then will we be able to make a reasonable decision as to which model best meets our expectations.

Which type of sling provides the greater degree of security?

If this feature is most important to us, then both models offer similar results. Of course, you need to buy a sling from a proven manufacturer. The point is whether they have been manufactured to the applicable quality standards and using solid parts. In the instructions attached to the sling, the manufacturer places strictly defined conditions of use, in which it guarantees full safety. It is worth checking whether the chosen supplier uses a legalized machine for carrying out destructive tests. Thoroughly tested slings experience failures much less frequently. Thus, both linear and chain slings are safe to use if they have been made by a manufacturer who complies with European production standards.

Longevity – a feature of the chain sling

In this respect, chain models completely outclass linear slings. Under optimal conditions, they can serve us for over 10 years. However, you should take care of their regular maintenance and, if necessary, undergo regenerative treatments. However, the most important thing is to use them according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. In both cases, it is a good idea to perform periodic technical inspections. However, it is worth bearing in mind that the regeneration of the linear sling is possible only to a limited extent. If this type of sling is damaged, it is usually cheaper to buy a new sling. Replacing the cables is only worthwhile if you use multi-leg models.

Linear slings – an attractive option for companies on a budget

In terms of price, linear slings are much better than chain models – in extreme cases, you can find such slings with twice the price compared to their chain counterparts. They work well with diameters above 58 mm and when they must perform a strictly defined function within a given structure. Linear slings will fit virtually any budget. However, if we prefer to invest in slings that we will use in the production cycle, it is better to use chain slings.