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Slings, Chains, and Webbing: What’s the Difference?

Slings Chains and Webbing What’s the Difference

When it comes to heavy lifting or load securement, one thing’s for sure- you need the correct equipment to minimize risk when working in potentially dangerous conditions.Understanding the differences between products can be incredibly overwhelming, so to help, we’ve listed some differences between slings, chains, and webbing. 


Slings are a vital part of any lifting, hoisting, anchoring, or towing job.

  • Round slings

    can conform to the shape of their load and can be used with vertical, choker, and basket hitches.

  • Eye & eye slings

    are made with both loop eyes turned to form a loop eye which is at a right angle to the plane of the sling body.

  • Single leg wire rope slings

    are made of a single length of wire rope that offers versatility and is used in heavy duty lifting.


There are many options of chains available that have different uses and applications depending on the grades of the chain.  

  • Overhead lifting chain

    should be used with grade 80 lifting chain, which is strong and durable. Lifting chains of grade 80 can also be used in the recovery, safety, and tow and binder applications as well. Grade 100 chain has a 25% higher working load limit than grade 80 allowing you to use a smaller and lighter size of grade 100 chain as a larger size grade 80 chain to lift the same amount of weight. Grade 120 is the strongest chain in the industry, allowing the user to use a smaller size chain, which is easier and lighter to handle.

  • Transport chain

    uses grade 70 chain for load securement and tie-down applications, as well as towing, oil rigs, logging, and safety chain applications.


Cargo webbing comes in a variety of colors and sizes and can be used in many different applications. Some examples include:

  • Nylon webbing

    offers a combination of strength and stretch, making it the preferred choice for lifting sling. The stretch of the nylon also makes it a popular choice for recovery straps such as helping retrieve vehicles that get stuck in the mud, sand, and snow.

  • Polyester webbing

    has a lower stretch value which works excellent for tie-down applications such as a cargo strap on a flatbed truck. If you need a controlled lifting sling without a lot of stretch, polyester is a great option.

  • Seatbelt webbing

    is versatile enough to use for replacing handles and straps on bags, repairing life jackets, as dog leashes, and to lift heavy loads of hay on a farm. It’s ideal for harsh weather conditions and outdoor environments because of its resistance to fading, rotting, mold, and mildew.

If you need help picking the correct equipment for your job, contact us at Florida Wire & Rigging Supply. We have years of experience creating safe working environments for those in the construction, landscape, mining, staging, and theme park industries. Call us today at 800-432-2269 for more information.