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« on: July 21, 2008 09:22:05 PM »

My sister has requested a ring sling. I'm very excited about this. But I don't have a credit card to purchase SlingRings or the like. So I got to thinking. Wouldn't a tractor supply store have something similar? After only a few minutes searching I found 1/4" rings at 2 and 2.5 diameter. But they're single weld in steel. Do you guys think that would work? Steel's obviously rated for a higher weight than aluminum. Would it be too heavy?

« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2008 09:31:04 PM »

I know some die hard sling makers will not agree, but as long as they are SOLID rings you should be fine.  I have used them... the ones I bought had a 250lb test each... so I was pretty sure they would handle up to a 30lb toddler.  The ones I had had a weld spot but no actual slit or seam if that makes sense!  2", 2.5" or 3" rings should work as long as they are solid & 1/4" thick... personally I would suggest one of the larger sizes... I use 3" normally.

I just would not suggest trying to sell them that way for legality reasons.

For anyone who is interested in making ring slings you can by the rings meant just for slings here in a variety of colors... they come in pairs of 2...


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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2008 09:42:30 PM »

The weld on these rings appears to be very flush. That was one of my criteria. Fabric obviously isn't metal chain, which is a common thing used with the rings I'm looking at.

Also, if steel rings are more sturdy, smoothly polished, and the same size as the aluminum, why would die hard sling makers say you shouldn't use them? Or avoid endorsing them for legal reasons? Huh

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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2008 01:19:05 AM »

Ok so a die hard sling maker here Embarrassed

Use aluminium ones made for this purpose please Smiley Cool

The ones made for other things whilst they maybe strong are just not designed to be used next to fabric Wink
The other materials may treat the fabric more harshly,which obviously when you are running a bit of fabric through these rings many many times for tightening and adjusting you cannot know what barely visable nicks are doing to your fabric.
The alu ones are lovely and light too.

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