How to Thread Ratchet Straps and Cam Buckle Straps

While both ratchet straps and cam buckle straps are used to haul various types of cargo and come in sizes ranging from 1″ to 4″ in width, there are some key differences between the two.

Ratchet straps

A ratchet strap is available with many different fittings: chain extension, d-ring, e-track fitting, e-track double stud fitting, f-track hook and spring e-fitting, flat hook, flat snap hook, j-hook with d-ring, s-hook and vinyl coated wire hook.

Polyester webbing is most often used for both ratchet straps and cam buckle straps because it has a low stretch rate and is very resistant to abrasion.

How to thread a ratchet strap

1.) Open the ratchet so you have access to the take-up spool.

2.) Slide strap through the spool and bring it right back on itself.

3.) Pull on the strap to remove the excess slack.

4.) Once the slack is removed, you can start to ratchet the strap to the desired tension, keeping the strap straight.

5.) Once you have reached your desired tension, lock the ratchet down to its closed position.

To release the strap, open the ratchet all the way so it is completely flat and pull the strap out.

In cases where you do not need the strength of a ratchet strap, a cam buckle is an excellent choice. Cam straps are also available with various types of attachment hardware: butterfly fitting, e-track fitting, F-track hook and spring e-fitting, handle bar strap with S-hook, flat snap hook and s-hook.

Cam buckle straps 

Cam buckle straps typically come in 1″ and 2″ sizes. This video highlights the differences between ratchet straps and cam buckles and also shows how to thread a cam buckle.

How to thread a cam buckle strap

1.) Turn the cam buckle over and thread your strap back through  while pressing the thumb release.

2.) While pressing the thumb release, pull the strap to your desired tension and then release.

To release the strap, press the thumb button and simply pull the strap.

In choosing between a ratchet strap and a cam buckle, it generally depends on work load limit or how fragile the product is that you are securing. If the cargo is light and fragile, go with a cam buckle since you cannot run the risk of over-tightening and crushing the product. For items heavier or more sturdy, a ratchet strap is a good choice.

Which Moving Blanket Is Right For Me?

US Cargo Control offers a wide variety of moving blankets (also known as moving pads, furniture moving pads, and packing blankets) for consumers and moving professionals. In this video we show you the differences in weight, fabric and binding of our entire line of moving blankets.

There are three features that determine the quality of a moving blanket:

  • Weight of the blanket
  • The type of fabric used
  • The type of binding

The weight of a moving blanket determines its durability and amount of cushion protection it  provides. Blankets are measured by weight, not volume, and are sold in compressed bulk packaging for easier shipping. One dozen bundles of moving blankets are weighed as a unit, such as our Supreme moving blanket that weighs 95 pounds per dozen. On average, an individual Supreme moving blanket weighs approximately 8 pounds.

Moving blanket fabric is classified into three categories:

  • A durable, economical fabric choice for economy moving blankets and middle level moving blankets. The zig zag pattern helps prevent snags from becoming longer tears in the blanket.
  • Woven polyester woven means that strands of fabric are in a weave (criss cross pattern) for added strength and tear resistance.

The binding of moving blankets is also an important consideration. The binding encompasses the entire blanket and makes the blanket more durable during use, handling and washing. Binding should be uniform, tightly stitched and free of rips and tears. Note:  If you intend to machine wash your blanket, it must have a woven binding.

Our lowest price moving blanket is our Skin moving blanket which is the moving blanket filler without fabric or binding. These cheap moving blankets are perfect for one-time use to protect valuables from scratches.

Don’t forget to about our large rubber bands and our appliance lifting straps. Rubber bands for moving work great to hold moving blankets in place on furniture during transport. Our rubber bands come in four sizes:

Compare and shop for moving blankets by visiting our moving blanket comparison page. Shop all of our professional moving supplies, hand trucks, and furniture moving straps at US Cargo Control.com.

 

 

New to Boating? Don’t Forget the Shackles

If you’re the proud new owner of a boat, you should become familiar with common rigging equipment like shackles.

Shackles are an extremely strong U-shaped piece of equipment that connects items together, securing with a pin, spring, or bolt. While most commonly thought of for industrial uses, shackles come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are used in boating to secure an anchor, hold lines in place, etc.

Anchor/Bow shackle
Anchor shackles are also known as bow shackles. Both names refer to a shackle with a larger “O” shape look. This design can take loads from many directions without developing significant side load. The larger loop shape reduces its overall strength, but it’s also able to handle a larger strap.

Chain/D-shackle
Chain shackles are also known as D-shackles. Both names refer to a shackle with a “D” shape design. A d-shackle is narrower than an anchor/bow and generally has a threaded pin or pin close. The smaller loop is designed to take high loads primarily in line. Side and racking loads can bend or twist a Chain/D-shackle.

Twisted shackle
A twist design allows you to hook it up from the same direction the pin is facing, so it’s great for situations where hook up can be limited.

Pin types
Both anchor/bow and chain/d-shackles come with different pin options. Keep in mind that the pin that locks a shackle can be a deciding factor on which type will work best for the job. A few options include screw pins, captive pins, bolt pins, and round pins.

Screw Pin Shackles are popular because they have a simple pin that’s easy to disconnect and connect.

Captive pin shackles have a pin that cannot be removed from the bow so it can’t accidentally fall out and into the water.

Bolt pin shackles have an oversized bolt pin with a pre-drilled hole for a cotter pin to slide through to keep the bolt tight.

Round pin shackles are similar to bolt pins that use a cotter pin, but with a round design rather than a bolt.

Snap shackle
Another variation of the D-shackle is a snap shackle, however it’s an all-inclusive design with  a spring-activated mechanism so it can be used quickly and with one hand. These are handy for jobs where speed is important, or when an item needs to be hooked and unhooked often. However, snap shackles are not recommended to secure heavy-duty loads.

There are natural advantages and disadvantages of all the shackle options, so you might want to experiment with a few different types to get a feel for what will work best for your specific needs.

A few other items to consider adding to your boating supplies:

A boat winch strap is designed specifically to launch and retrieve the boat to and from a trailer.

Buckle boat straps ensure safe transport.

Marine tape is a white, flexible waterproof tape that’s designed for heavy duty marine use, but also works great for recreational supplies, like attaching to life jackets and vests, ring buoys, inflatable rafts, etc.

 

Hand Truck Features and Benefits

Hand trucks with extended nose plate features are sometimes referred to as box dollies because of their ability to carry large corrugated moving boxes because of the added support of the nose plate extension.

The round handle for hand trucks has an ergonomic bend and is covered with a soft molded cover for a comfortable grip.

Stair climbers for hand trucks allow you to maneuver hand trucks up and down stairs and over curbs safely and easily.

US Cargo Control offers hand truck options with foam filled tires and pneumatic tires. Foam filled tires are also called “run flat tires” because the foam compound stays consistent in temperature extremes and even if punctured. Pneumatic (or air-filled) tires can provide some shock absorption qualities, but are also susceptible to punctures and pressure increase or decrease due to temperature changes. Pneumatic tires for hand trucks are similar to bike tires or car tires in this respect.

Box dollies with extended nose plates are convenient for moving corrugated boxes because the nose plate extension provides a larger surface for stacking moving boxes. The extension can be folded up if it isn’t needed or for tighter spaces where turning radius is important.

 

Moving Blankets- Not Just for Moving Anymore


Moving blankets are one of our specialties at US Cargo Control. With everything from lightweight “Skins” to our heavy-duty “Supreme” professional moving blankets, we know a lot about these moving day must-haves.

But we’re learning from our customers that moving blankets come in handy even after you’ve settled in your new home:

 

 

Moving heavy objects
USCC customer Tom in Iowa tells us he and a buddy had to move a heavy safe from one room in his house to another. They were able to put a Supreme moving blanket underneath, and slide it to its new spot. The blanket’s strength held up under the weight while the padding protected both the floor and safe from scratches.

Beach blanket, picnic blanket, outdoor sporting events
Our lightweight Econo Saver moving pad measures a generous 72″x80″… much larger than typical beach blankets or picnic blankets. And at just $10.99, it’s an economical choice too.  Keep one or two in the car and you’ll be ready for the next kids’ sporting events, too. Watching a pee wee soccer game is much more comfortable when you don’t have to deal with scratchy grass or hard bleachers! If you’re looking for something that’s machine-washable, move up to our Pro Mover, for only $17.29.

Camping
Lugging along a cot or inflatable mattress is not always convenient when camping with a tent, but a moving blanket like our Mega Mover is totally portable. According to USCC customer Amy, the best part is that it can do double duty: place it under a sleeping bag for an extra layer of cushion, or snuggle under one near the campfire when the temperatures dip.

Yoga mat
Fitness fanatic Jessica forgot her yoga mat at the gym but was able to improvise for a yoga session at home thanks to a Performance moving blanket she had on hand after the move to her new house.

Vehicle seat cover for pets
If your family dog goes along for the ride and leaves dirt and hair behind, try covering it in a Multi Mover blanket. The green and light blue color combination doesn’t highlight the mess like a black blanket can, and the durability stands up to even the biggest, busiest pooches.

Warm up an outdoor doghouse, barn, or shed
Just as our Multi Mover blankets work well for pets in the vehicle, pick up a dozen bundle if you have pets or small animals outside. Line the inside of a doghouse or barn pen to give your fury friends a layer of warmth underneath. A USCC customer said he uses them in the corner of a shed for his outdoor cats in the winter.

Hunting trips
Camo anything is a given on a hunting trip, so having over 36 square feet of camouflage that’s flexible and moveable can be valuable- use it in a duck blind window, to cover supplies on the ground, on a tree stand- the possibilities are endless. Like all of our moving blankets, they are available in dozen bundles, 4-packs or sold as singles so you can buy just what you need.

Making a soundproof music room
USCC customer Craig put our Supreme blankets to work in his basement music room. The thickness is excellent at absorbing sound, making for better sound quality and less echo when his band is rehearsing, as well as cutting down on the noise from traveling upstairs to the rest of the family.

E-Track Fittings for Ratchet & Cam Straps

This video shows the proper procedure of inserting and removing an E-track ratchet strap & cam buckle fitting onto E track and A track rails. The 2″ Spring E-Fitting is the hardware found on the ends of E-Track and A-Track ratchet straps and cam buckle straps. The end of the fitting has a “spring trigger” for easy application and release. Designed for use with Series E and Series A track, this versatile fitting is ready for immediate shipment.

For more information or to purchase the items used in this video, click on the links below.

 

How to Thread a Toothless Cam Buckle

Cam buckles can be confusing to thread webbing onto for the first time. This video explains the proper procedure for feeding webbing onto a 1″ toothless cam buckle. Cam buckles come in all different sizes, so make sure the strength of your buckle is appropriate for the item you are securing. US Cargo Control shows you the right way to thread a strap through the buckle.

Threading a toothless cam buckle involves 4 basic steps:

  1. Open the buckle and feed the webbing between the guides.
  2. Loop the webbing back through the buckle.
  3. Next, feed the webbing through the slot in the mandrel and pull it tight.
  4. Close the buckle, and now the webbing is in place.

For more information or to purchase the items used in this video, click on the links below.

 

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5 Moving Day Must-Haves

May is National Moving Month, when thousands of Americans will be packing up their belongings and moving to a new home. Whether it’s due to a job change, a school change or just the desire for a change of scenery, moving is exciting but also a lot of work. If you choose to go the do-it-yourself route and pack and move everything yourself, consider investing in these must-haves to ensure the move goes smoothly:

4-wheel dolly

A moving dolly is a great way to move large, heavy items. With a capacity of 800 lbs., even our most basic carpeted moving dolly is no lightweight. The best part? Moving dollies can be extremely useful even after the move: when it’s time to move a heavy tool box in the garage, re-locate potted plants from the patio, etc.

Hand truck

A hand truck is worth the investment because it’s an easy way to move multiple boxes at once, cutting down on trips to and from the moving truck. Our selection of hand trucks offers a wide range of styles and prices for every budget. Like a 4-wheel moving dolly, a hand truck can be a great piece of equipment to have even after the move: keep it in the garage, shed or barn and use it to move large garbage cans, boxes of holiday decorations, etc.

Moving straps

Moving straps are a fantastic moving tool that many people don’t know about. These handy straps are a great way to move large, odd-shaped items or furniture or appliances that can be hard to grab hold of and maintain a good grip. We carry the three most popular styles: Team Strap, Forearm Forklift and the Shoulder Dolly moving strap. All are similar in design in that they take the strain off your back and neck when lifting, but all attach and work slightly different. After the move, they fold up for storage so they don’t take a lot of room.

Special purpose moving boxes

Boxes are obviously a must-have for moving, but we suggest picking up some special purpose boxes for two reasons:  they make packing easier, saving time searching for just the right size box; and they can safeguard your more expensive items from dings and scratches. Our favorites include boxes for TVsmoving boxes for glasses (which includes partitions)  and lamp moving boxes (which are also great for rugs, toys, garage tools, etc.).

Moving blankets

Moving blankets or pads are another essential you may think you don’t need, but the investment is definitely worth it. Throw them over furniture to protect the fabric, over appliances to prevent scratches and dings, around odd shaped items that won’t fit in a box, and more (be sure to pick up some  extra large rubber bands to keep them in place). Moving blankets are also helpful beyond moving day: keep one in the car to have for the kids’ outdoor sporting activities- they make the grass less itchy and the bleachers less hard!; line a kennel or dog house for a little cushioning for the family pet; throw one in with the camping gear for an extra layer on the tent floor or when sitting around the camp fire.

Moving day must-haves are sure to make the moving job easier and faster so you can begin enjoying your new home sooner.

Moving Dolly Strength Test

Heavy duty moving dollies by US Cargo Control are rated for 800 pound capacity. But we wondered what would happen if more than 3 times that weight was set on it. Would they hold up? Would the swivel wheels collapse or the wood frame snap? We set out to learn and document that process.

The Weight:  Transport Chain
US Cargo Control stocks a large quantity of Grade 70 chain, so we took a pallet of 3/8″ X 20′ chain – weighing in 2,548 lbs – and set it on our sturdy little appliance dolly with rubber caps.

As the video shows, the heavy duty appliance dolly held its own under the strain of 2.25 tons of chain. But how does it perform under normal use?

The Weight:  Moving Blankets
US Cargo Control is known for stocking a large variety of moving pads, so next we chose a pallet of our popular black and white moving blanket bundles. The pallet tipped the scales at 790 pounds – ten pounds under the load rating for the furniture dolly. With this weight, the dolly performs as described, rolling easily across the concrete.

For more information or to purchase product used in this video, click on the link below:

Disclaimer: Moving dollies should NOT be overloaded. Overloaded or improperly loaded moving dollies can cause property damage and injury.

Strap Winder Keeps Your Winch Straps Neat and Secure

This strap winder is a handy tool for any flatbed hauler. The flatbed strap winder easily attaches to any standard side rail on a flatbed and keeps your excess winch strap neat and secure.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Feed the strap through the take up spool and fold the webbing over.
  2. While holding the strap with your left hand, begin winding the strap up with your right hand.
  3. Keep some tension on the strap when winding it to keep it nice and tight.
  4. Simply slide the rolled strap off the winder and store it until needed again.

For more information or to purchase the items in this video, click on the links below: 

How to Create Tie Down Points Using L Track Single Receivers

This video explains the uses for our airline track single receivers and single stud fittings with o-rings. This item features a 2″ round base with two holes for mounting on pickup beds, RV’s, trailers, etc. The spring-loaded plunger squeezes easily to slide into the base and snap in place. It can be used to tie down motorcycles, ATV’s, lawn mowers, snowmobiles and any other cargo you need to secure.

The logistic track single receivers can be mounted virtually anywhere you need an anchor point for a tie down. The 2″ base is as strong as the fitting itself, and depends on strong fasteners to hold it down. You want to use solid fasteners, preferably a bolt or machine screw, that’s going to go all the way through what your mounting to. Don’t forget a nut and washer on the back side.

Once your receivers are fastened, your items can be strapped down using a ratchet strap with an s-hook, bungee cords, rope or anything else that is suitable. Check out our motorcycle combo strap kit that includes tie down straps with s-hooks for use in your assembly.

For more information or to purchase the items in this video, click on the links below:

View our Anchor Point Tie Down Kit below: