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Web Sling Protectors


The most common cause of synthtetic web slings damage is cutting. Wear pads and sleeves can help reduce the damage by acting as a buffer between the load and the slings. Common materials used are nylon, cordura, and leather. The most common material is cordura which offers resistance to grease, oil and dirt and has good abrasion resistance at a reasonable cost. Cordura has similar stretch properties of nylon and works well when sewn on nylon slings as pads. Leather and “pleather” ( synthetic leather) offers good abrasion resistance. Leather is subject to deterioration from water, grease, oils and sunlight. It does not stretch making leather less suitable as wear pads. These materials are abrasion resistant but are NOT cut proof. Care must be used to verify that these materials are proper for the application; and, that these materials are positioned properly. Other materials such as fire hose, rubber, etc. may be used.

Wear Pads are sewn directly on the sling in locations that are most susceptible to wear such as inside of eyes and wear points on slings for specific applications.

Edge Guards are pads wrapped around the sling edge to protect the sling from
snags and cuts.

Wrap Around Guards are pads or sleeves wrapped around the sling width
and sewn tight to protect the sling.

Sleeves come in several different styles and are made from pieces
of material sewn together or tubing. Sleeves protect both sides of
slings. They are not sewn directly to the sling which allows the sleeve to stay in place on rough edges while allowing the sling to slide inside the sleeve to center itself on the load without the sling being damaged.

Sliding Sleeves are removable from the sling. The are available for eye
and eye and endless slings. Floating Sleeves are not removable from the sling.
They are only available on endless type slings. Velcro / Cordura Sleeves are removable sleeves with Velcro 
along one edge. This allows for easy placement of sleeves during the rigging process.

Sling Angle and Sling Load Chart

Sling angle is the angle measured between a horizontal line and the sling leg or body. This angle is very important and can have a dramatic effect on the rated capacity of the sling. As illustrated when this angle decreases, the load on each leg increases. This principle applies whether one sling is used to pull at an angle, in a basket hitch or for multi-legged bridle slings. Sling angles of less than 45 degrees are not recommended. Actual Sling Capacity = Factor X Rated

                                                                                                             Effect of Angle Chart


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