New Warehouse Space Nearly Complete

The big news at US Cargo Control really is big- as in a new warehouse space to house USCC products. Another 42,750 square feet has been added, which nearly triples the current warehouse space.

Several new products have been added to the US Cargo Control merchandise line-up recently, including replacement tie down straps, tire chains, rope, hand trucks, reflective tape, and even a line of premium heavy duty tie down straps, BlackLine. The new warehouse space will allow us to keep more inventory on hand so customers can receive orders more quickly.

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We’ve also added a trailer set to use for filming instructional videos about our products. Let us know if there are any US Cargo Control products you’d like to see in our videos.

Keep checking back for even more pictures as we add in racking and products in the warehouse, and create new videos with the trailer set. Stay tuned!

 

 

 

Furniture Pads

Furniture pads from US Cargo Control come in a variety of styles. Sized at 72″ x 80″ these furniture pads (also known as moving blankets) give you plenty of coverage to protect your belongings when moving. With three different quality options to choose from, you can go with one from our “best” heavy-duty furniture pad categories to protect your furniture, or choose one of our “good” furniture pads, which will help you protect your belongings without costing as much. More economical options are also available in our “good” section, as well as our moving skins.

With thousands of furniture pads / moving blankets in stock and ready to ship, US Cargo Control is ready to help with your moving needs.

Product Review: Ergo 360 Winch Bar

The Ergo 360 Winch Bar features a new patent-pending design with a unique bend which keeps the handle and the tip are parallel.

This means the bar can rotate 360 degrees to accommodate a variety of clearance angles. It eliminates the user from low angels when tightening or releasing tension, to eliminate back and neck pain and the possibility of injury.

A handle design keeps the bar from slipping and it’s heat-treated for extra strength.

Available in three styles:

 

Grade 70 Transport Chain: Specifications, Sizes, Safety Tips, and Attachments

Transport chain is essential if you plan to haul heavy duty cargo or equipment. Grade 70 chain is the ideal transport chain since it’s made with carbon steel that’s heat treated to create additional strength.

When purchasing Grade 70 chain, look for these specifications:

  • Meets or exceeds safety regulations set by the Department of Transportation (DOT).
  • Meets or exceeds safety regulations set by the National Association of Chain Manufacturers (NACM).
  • Chains and attachments such as clevis hooks should be stamped with a “G70” for easy identification.

Chain sizes
Short link transport chain is generally available in three widths: 3/8″, 5/16″, and 1/2″ widths, Lengths are usually anywhere from 16 to 25 feet. If your job requires a direct ratchet connection, an 18″ chain connection is generally a good choice.

Safety tips for using transport chain:

  • Do not exceed specified working load limits of the chain and accessories.
  • Inspect chain before each use to look for any visible signs of damage or wear to the links.
  • Inspect attachment points and any hook or other attachments for signs of wear.
  • Always calculate the number of chains needed to transport your cargo safely.

Transport chain attachments and accessories

New Products: BlackLine Ratchet Straps, Winch Straps and Roll Off Straps

Our new BlackLine tie down straps were developed for US Cargo Control so we could offer customers premium tie downs with the strongest webbing on the market.

The line includes 2” and 4” wide ratchet straps, winch straps and roll off straps with higher break strengths than traditional webbing, to create an increased working load limit (WLL). 2″ straps have 13,000 lb. webbing while 4″ straps feature 24,000lbs webbing. This  means 4″ ratchet straps have a WLL of 6,670 lbs., while competitor’s straps have a 5,400 lbs. WLL.

Because BlackLine products are manufactured specifically for US Cargo Control, we were able to add additional features like thicker edges for increased durability. This design is made possible with a concentration of tough webbing, not an enhancement like thin wire.

We’ve also added black powder coating on flat hooks and 2” wide ratchet assemblies both protection and sleek style. Wire hooks and chain extensions also have zinc plating for increased resistance against the elements. The black color scheme coordinates better with company logos and colors than traditional colored straps.

As with all of our straps, BlackLine ratchet straps, winch straps and roll off container straps are labeled with WLL information so they meet DOT regulations, CVSA guidelines, CHP, North American Cargo Securement, and WSTDA standards.

Read the official press release about our new BlackLine tie down straps.

 

Chain Binders

What is a chain binder?

Also called a load binder, chain binders are a device to tighten chain when securing a load for transport. There are two general styles of chain binders –  ratchet binder and lever binder. The method of tightening the binder is what differentiates the two.

Ratchet Binder

  • Uses a ratcheting action to create tension in the chain.
  • Also called a ratchet load binder or simply a ratchet chain, it consists of two tension hooks on each end and handle.
  • Because ratchet binders are designed with a gear, handle, pawl, and end fittings, it will not store as much energy in the handle like a lever binder will.
  • A ratchet-type binder is easier to adjust in finer increments without the recoil or snap back effect of a lever binder.

Lever Binder

  • Uses a leverage action to create tension in the chain and stores kinetic energy in its handle.
  • Also called a lever chain, lever load binder, or snap binder, it has a tension hook on each end.
  • This type of chain binder generally requires more strength to tighten it.
  • Lever binders are generally easier to install because it has fewer moving parts.

Both lever binders and ratchet binders work similarly, and should be chosen based on operator preference.

What are the different sizes for chain binders and how do I choose?

Two measurements determine the size of a lever binder or ratchet binder, but let’s first outline chain grade.

There are two main grades of chain for tie-down applications:

Grade 43 high test chain is used for stationary, non-transport tie downs.

Grade 70 transport chain is for objects being transported on a flatbed or other moving vehicle.

Each binder can be used with either size of equipment chain for the appropriate application, but since the different grades have different load limits each binder will be marked with the appropriate chain dimensions for both types of chain for proper performance. The first measurement (smaller) identifies the Grade 70 chain dimension, the second measurement (larger) identifies the Grade 43 chain size required.

Keep the weakest link theory in mind to maximize your working load limit: choose a work load limit equal to or greater than the chain.
Example:

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5/16″ – 3/8″ Lever Binder.

The 5/16″ specifies the chain binder can be used with 5/16″ Grade 70 Transport Chain or it can be used with 3/8″ Grade 43 High Test Chain.

Small binders can technically be used for both 5/16″ or 3/8″ chain in either grade, but if you pair one with 3/8″ Grade 70 transport chain the binder will be weaker than the chain, making the binder the weakest part of the assembly. If you are working with 3/8″ Grade 70 chain, the best choice is to pair it with a 3/8″ – 1/2″ chain binder so that binder and the chain are of equal strength.

Chain binders should have the size, break strength, and working load limit marked on the handle for easy identification.

How to Use an Endless Cam Buckle Strap

Like ratchet straps, cam buckle straps are great for securing a load. But the method of tightening with a cam buckle strap makes it less likely that you’ll over-tighten and damage cargo. Cam buckles are tightened by pulling the strap rather than with a ratcheting action, so the strap can be tensioned only as tight as your strength allows.

Cam straps are ideal for securing cargo on a pallet, trailer, or in a truck, but they’re also a great all-purpose strap for use around the home, shop, garage, farm, etc. An endless cam buckle strap is a one-piece design so it’s easy to use and to store.

The strap featured in the video below is a 1″ x 15″ endless cam buckle strap, but custom sizes and widths are available by calling our sales team at 866-444-9990.