Advantages of a Chain Sling vs. Synthetic Slings

Overhead lifting slings generally work best in conjunction with a crane, powered hoist, manual or lever hoist, or another type of lifting device. There are many different types of material used for building overhead lifting slings, each with specific advantages and disadvantages. Among these types are chain, wire rope, synthetic, and metal mesh and you must take the time to carefully make an informed decision about which sling to choose.


Long before you select a sling, you must first fully understand the application and gather specific information on how you plan to utilise the sling. When choosing one, you must know the weight, centre of gravity, number of attachment points for balance, sling angles, reach, ambient conditions, and upper and lower fittings. While this can take time, communication and experience should allow you to find the background information you need about the load lifted to get the job done right. From there, you must decide which type of slings best fit your needs.


Chain slings by Brindley Chains are fabricated using only the strongest of alloy steel, which is the recommended choice for any overhead lifting. Whether you need grade 63, 80, or 100 for your project, you can expect to experience perfect results without exception. Each contains elements known to give them their unique strength, abrasion resistance, durability, and toughness. These slings must have the ability to elongate by at least 20% when overloaded to provide a visual indicator to the rigger that the sling is overloaded. Once you discover any stretching, you must remove the sling from service immediately and have it replaced. Synthetics do not come with any such indicators of overloading and you must go out of your way to find an option with this included.

Simply Better

A chain sling can resist impact, cuts, and abrasions and manufacturers designed them to be resistant to chemicals and UV radiation. In addition, companies regularly utilise them in both oily and dirty environments and it can be utilised at higher temperatures without reduction of WLL. They are also less likely to elongate even when slightly overloaded, and they will elongate by 20% to give ample warning of a problem. Compared to synthetic slings, they simply have a longer lifespan and offer more reliable results without exception.

Easily adjustable slings made with chain make it easy to use them in a variety of conditions with minimal risk of making a mistake. However, synthetic options cannot be adjusted, often resulting in their improper use. In addition, you can construct these in the field or buy them in bulk for exceptionally cost-effective prices.

These slings, compared to synthetic options, are extremely simple and fast to inspect. Although you should have your slings inspected regularly to ensure safety, you can rest easy knowing you would spot a sign of trouble fairly early. In addition, most problems are easily repairable, while synthetic load-bearing fibres in synthetic slings cannot be repaired. Whatever you need to do during your project, you simply must rely on a chain sling to get the job done right with minimal safety risk.