Webbing slings with Straight & Choke Lifts

Webbing slings, due to their versatile and adaptable nature, can be used for a variety of different industries and applications. This is especially so due to the multiple ways in which you can use a webbing sling; below we explore straight lifts and choking lifts with webbing slings. 

Webbing Slings with Straight Lifts vs. Choked Lifts

A straight lift is simply when the webbing sling is kept in one straight format, with an end termination at either end to lift the loads. It may also be referred to as a ‘vertical lift’. It will be attached to the top of a load, and will lift it up or lower it down based on this. 

A choked lift, on the other hand, is when the end of the webbing sling has been looped back around and attached to itself to form what looks like a noose. The product that is due to be lifted will then be inserted into this loop, and it can be lifted up or lowered down in this fashion.

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Our webbing slings are available in a variety of different materials 

A straight lift is generally the more common type of lift and can carry a greater load than a choked lift with a webbing sling. For example, where the lowest form of a single straight lift with a webbing sling will be able to lift and lower a one-tonne object, a choked lift with a webbing sling will manage 0.8 tonnes of this same object. Therefore, all safe working loads must be de-rated by 20% if using a choke lift rather than a straight lift. 

When Should I use a Straight Lift & a Choked Lift?

A straight lift with a webbing sling is best used on a shorter load with an evenly distributed weight as the load will be controlled by one leg. You must carefully consider the weight of your object as a straight lift with a webbing sling will be able to lift a heavier load than a choked lift, as mentioned above.

Consider the weight and size of what you are lifting; you may even need one of these!

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Webbing slings are colour graded; this image is for a 3 ton capacity sling

A choked lift with a webbing sling, on the other hand, will lift less than a straight lift, but it can provide better load controls and can lift longer objects. This also includes objects that may have a more unevenly distributed weight so as to prevent any tipping which may occur if a straight lift webbing sling was being used. You must still take care when using a choked lift with a webbing sling as there is the danger of objects falling out either side, so be sure you don’t try and lift objects which are too long.

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