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Flatbed Starter Kits Convenient for New Drivers, Growing Fleets

Flatbed Starter Kits bundle essential must-haves to get your rig or fleet rolling. Whether you’re hauling lumber, steel, or both, our sales reps have carefully selected tarps, straps, chain, and additional accessories to properly secure and protect most any load. Or, we can put together a product mix just for you! Easy, convenient, and value-priced […]

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US Cargo Control Employees Experience Hands-On Training

Sixty employees of US Cargo Control were recently treated to a Continuing Education opportunity at their offices in Urbana, IA. Instructors from nearby Kirkwood Community College’s Professional Truck Driving program led four separate two-hour training sessions featuring hands-on experience with a variety of tools and equipment drivers use to secure cargo on a flatbed trailer. Freddie […]

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Winches for Flatbed Trailers

While a winch is a common term in the trucking industry, truck winches are still most often thought of as equipment designed for hoisting or hauling 4×4 trucks and sport utility vehicles while off-roading. Winches for flatbed trailers are different as they are designed for securing cargo straps to a flat bed trailer. We’ve outlined […]

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New Transport Chain & Binder Packages Now Available

US Cargo Control is now offering chain and binder packages. There are 45 different combinations of kits available varying in grade, size and style. Each combination includes one chain and one binder and meets the standards of the National Association of Chain Manufactures (NACM), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Department of Transportation (DOT). […]

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Tips for Avoiding Injury with a Lever Load Binder

Safety is a priority in the trucking industry. In 2012, truck drivers were three times more likely to receive a nonfatal injury on the job compared to the average US adult worker, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC also reports the most common injuries in the trucking industry include strains and sprains, […]

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Customer Photos: Hotshot Rig & Tie Downs

A special shout out to loyal US Cargo Control customer Randy Eilerts. Randy runs a hotshot rig out of Algona, Iowa. His company Tallgrass Trucking LLC ., uses a heavy duty pickup truck to pull a flatbed trailer. That compares to a more traditional setup, like a semi tractor-trailer combination. Randy trusts US Cargo Control to outfit his rig with tie […]

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Why Should I use a QuikBinder Plus as a Chain Binder?

Safety is a big concern when it comes to securing large loads to a flatbed trailer. The Peerless QuikBinder Plus Ratchet Loadbinder is boasted as a safer, stronger, faster and more functional load binder compared to the more basic ratchet and lever binder styles. It can be quickly installed and can be used in three positions: the ratchet extension, […]

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What’s the Difference between Ratchet Binders and Lever Binders?

A chain binder, is a tool used to tighten chain as a method to secure cargo to a trailer for transport. There are two common styles; the ratchet binder and the lever binder. The Ratchet Binder  A ratchet binder also known as a ratchet chain, uses a ratcheting mechanism to create tension in the chain and secure […]

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How to Clean a Truck Tarp

It’s that time of year for road grime from salt, sand and slushy roads, and tarps often bear the brunt of the mess. Cleaning a lumber tarp or steel tarp can be a pain simply due to its size and weight, but a thorough cleaning will also extend the working life of it, so it’s […]

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Wide Load and Oversize Load Banner Requirements by State

  A load is considered oversized if it exceeds the standard legal size or weight limits for a road or highway. There are also “load per axle” limits for the weight of a load. Examples of wide or oversized loads include pre-fabricated homes, construction machinery, industrial equipment, and wind turbine propellers. Using wide load or […]

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Working Load Limits of Chain

Whether you transport machinery, use tow chains, or are in the logging industry, it’s important to know the working load limits of chain you are using. Chains have a working load limit- or WLL- of approximately one third of their break strengths (the amount of force the chains can withstand before they break). How to […]

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10 Ways to Store Tie Down Straps

After an un-official poll on our US Cargo Control Facebook page, some of our customers replied and sent us messages with great ideas on how to store tie down straps. First, before storing them away for any period of time, it’s important to make sure the webbing is clean and dry- be sure and check […]

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