If your job requires heavy lifting, then you'll know that a sling is required to lift heavy loads. However, the different types of slings can be incredibly overwhelming, and when working in potentially dangerous conditions, it is vital that you use the appropriate safety lifting equipment for the job to minimise risk. Webbing Slings and Round Slings are two of the most popular sling types, but what is the difference between two? Which one should you use, and what are their benefits? We will discuss the pros and cons of both Polyester Webbing Slings and Round Slings, and find out ultimately which sling is right for the job, in today's blog post.

Webbing Sling

Webbing Slings

Webbing slings are usually made from polyester, and are designed to lift heavy loads. Our range of polyester webbing slings in particular is suitable for loads from 0 - 6 tonnes. Webbing slings are flexible, lightweight and have a wide bearing surface, which helps protect the load you are lifting. Webbing slings are the most popular type of slings, and their stretchy characteristics help minimise shock loading problems. You'll more than likely find polyester webbing slings in the maintenance department of every manufacturing environment. As well as offering a range of webbing slings, we also offer a variety of hooks to support them too.

Buy / Hire Webbing Slings >


3 Tonne Round sling

Round Slings

Round Slings are an endless loop of yarns, covered by a woven tubular jacket. Our range of round slings can lift anywhere between 1 to 30 tonnes, so naturally the round sling is a preferable option if you have to lift a load exceeding 6 tonnes. All of the load-bearing polyester yarns in the round slings have a protective polyester sleeve, ensuring product durability and safety when lifting heavy loads. Each of our round slings has a different weight capacity, so make sure you're ordering the correct product for the weight limit you require to avoid any potential risks.

Buy / Hire Round Slings >


We also offer a variety of lifting hooks to complement our range of round slings:

3 Tonne Sling Hook

Pictured: 3 Tonne Webbing / Roundsling Hook Grade 100

So there you have it! Webbing Slings vs. Round Slings. Round slings are preferable for heavier loads, but with lighter loads, it's up to your personal preference which sling to go for, though webbing slings seem to be the most popular. Remember to check the weight capacity of any of our lifting slings before purchase - each sling has a different weight limit and this is essential for safety when lifting heavy loads.

If you need any advice or information, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

View All Lifting Equipment >


Elephant Lifting Products

Here at SafetyLiftinGear, we are committed to providing the highest-quality products for every purpose. Whether you are looking for lifting equipment, height safety kits, or something else entirely, we want to feel confident that you are getting the very best for your money.

With this in mind, we'd like to introduce the latest addition to our catalogue: Elephant lifting products! Elephant is a very well-respected brand within our industry, and their assorted products - all of which are made in Japan - are known for their exceptional strength and outstanding technical specs.

Elephant specialise in heavy-duty hoisting products: chain blocks, lever hoists, and so forth. When you're lifting and transporting multi-tonne loads, it's reassuring to know that the equipment you're using is built to endure, and that's exactly what Elephant products promise - they're just as strong as the animal they're named for!

Click here to see our full range of Elephant lifting equipment.


SafetyLiftinGear van

Before anything else, we'd like to wish all of our customers a very Happy New Year! We hope that you all enjoyed the festive period, and that you're looking forward to all that 2015 has to offer.

The last couple of months have been particularly hectic for the team here at SafetyLiftinGear - we've been busy opening not one, not two, but four new depots across the United Kingdom. In addition to our headquarters in Bristol, we now have locations in London, Cardiff, Bridgwater and Leeds.

With this in mind, we are thrilled to introduce you to our quartet of newly-appointed depot managers...

Leeds depot manager

John Sutcliffe - Depot Manager, Leeds
(Note the assortment of chainblocksslings, and other items in the background!)


Cardiff manager

Steve Clare - Depot Manager, Cardiff


SLG London depot manager

Lee Smalldridge - Depot Manager, London


Bridgwater depot manager

Steve Bowtell - Depot Manager, Bridgwater

Contact information for all five SafetyLiftinGear depots can be found on our Contact page - simply select the depot that is closest to your location.

No matter which of our depots you get in touch with, you are sure to get an outstanding service from SafetyLiftinGear! Click here to return to our homepage and browse our full range of products.


Get in touch to learn more about our training courses!

First Name *
Surname *
Telephone Number *
E-mail address *
Ask A Question *
Security Character Security Character Security Character Security Character Security Character Security Character
Enter Letters (No Spaces) *