Will Dunn

March 03, 2021 • 5 min read

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Slings are a common piece of equipment to purchase especially within the construction industry.

There are several different types of slings such as wire rope slings, webbing slings, chain slings, round slings, and more.

In this article, we are going to discuss the benefits these particular can bring to your business and help you.

If you are interested in other slings and their advantages you can read our blog post on ‘What are lifting slings and how do you use them?’.

If at any point you have any questions about what we're discussing in this article or any other product in general, then please can contact a member of the LES USA team who will be more than happy to help find you the ideal solution for you.


Nice and short answer - they are a type of lifting sling.

It's combined of several strands of metal wire twisted into a helix forming a composite rope, in a pattern known as laid rope.

They are an important piece of equipment in rigging and are used to lift and hoist operations in the manufacturing industry.

You can attach these to different types of lifting devices so you can get slings in variations.

These include single leg, 2 legs, 3 legs, and 4 legs with a range of different end fitting such as soft eyes, thimble eyes, and master link on one side and sling hook on the other side.

There are so many variations to choose from for your particular industry.

You can find out more about this particular sling and its weight limits in the article 'Facts about wire rope slings for heavy loads' where we go into detail about the product and what's possible with this small but great product.


There's a number of benefits you can get from this product and its variations. We're going to look at these in this section to give you an idea of how you can use them in your industry.

You'll find that this piece of gear is handy for multiple situations which makes them popular amongst the construction, automotive, oil, gas, and manufacturers industries. They are also popular in steel mills and other facilities. 

The great thing about this set of products is that there are a number of variations to choose from. This provides different benefits to the specific lifting application which makes them diverse and available for a range of the problems you might face. 

They also have a lower initial cost compared to alloy chains and are still relatively lightweight. Being lightweight means they are easy to transport without any hassle.

You can get yours with the legs added if you need it when lifting material or load that is slightly heavier or bulkier. The added legs provide more support and make the load you're lifting more stable when suspended so the lift is as successful and safe as can be for you and the team. 

The slings have high capacities considering it's using this material which is relatively lightweight compared to other material you can get.

You can always use a stainless steel version that can withstand larger weight capacities.

Lastly, you will find that these items have a 5:1 ratio. This means the breaking strength is 5x higher than the working load limit. This is amongst one of the best benefits this product can offer as it adds that extra barrier of safety to you and your team when using these products. 

Although, this product comes with many benefits you still have to take care of your equipment, like you would with most other bits of kit and machinery, keep them in a safe place and regularly inspect them to ensure they are safe to use.

Additionally, it's important for you to remember that this product and its variations are not repairable. If and when you do get one or several, please look after them so you get the most bang for your buck with them as the saying goes. 


We've covered a fair amount on this type of product and what it can do for you as a business owner. Hopefully, you've now got an understanding of what this piece of equipment is and how they can benefit your company. 

However, the question still stands, do you need a wire rope sling for your company? We have looked at the various benefits you can expect to get from these items which should give you an idea of how you would get value out of having one, or multiple, at your disposal. 

If you have any questions about what type of wire rope sling to purchase, or what this product goes well with, you can always contact a member of the LES USA team who will be more than willing to help guide you through your options.

Will Dunn

March 03, 2021 • 5 min read

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