Chain Slings from US Cargo Control

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David Urlaub, Lifting & Rigging Product Expert

Since we’ve expanded our line of chain lifting slings earlier this year, it’s been great seeing the different types and sizes of chain slings customers are requesting. This one has been one of the biggest we’ve seen lately.

These chains have a capacity of 234,000 lbs. at 60 degrees, which means it would break at about 1,000,000 lbs. It’s being used to lift a large pump that weighs 210,000 lbs.chain sling from US Cargo Control

 

All of our lifting chain slings are manufactured with chain that’s made in the USA and European-made fittings. All also meet or exceed the latest guidelines of the National Association of Chain Manufacturers (NACM), ANSI B30.9 standards, and specifications set by OSHA.

Types of Chain Slings

We offer four sling types: standard, adjustable, endless and basket.

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Standard Triple Leg Chain Sling

Standard chain slings. Manufactured with one, two, three, or four lengths of chain, and fitted with hardware at each end, with a master oblong link at the top.

Single Leg Standard Chain Sling
Double Leg Standard Chain Sling
Triple Leg Standard Chain Sling
Quad Leg Standard Chain Sling

 

 

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Adjustable Double Leg Chain Sling

Adjustable chain slings. Similar to standard chain slings, but each leg is also equipped with a shorter length of chain with a grab hook also attached to the master oblong link. This design allows the operator to shorten the chain leg length as needed.

Single Leg Adjustable Chain Sling
Double Leg Adjustable Chain Sling
Triple Leg Adjustable Chain Sling
Quad Leg Adjustable Chain Sling

 

 

endlessEndless chain slings. As it sounds, an endless sling is an endless loop of chain attached through a master oblong link at the top. An additional variation has two loops of chain attached through the same master oblong. Our endless chain lift slings are available to order via our Custom Chain Sling Order Form or by giving us a call at 800-660-3585.

 

 

basketBasket chain slings. In a similar design as the endless basket sling except it’s just one length of chain making up the body of the sling, with each end of the chain attached to the oblong master link. A double basket configuration has two lengths attached each to its own oblong link, with the oblongs then attached to a master oblong link. Basket chain slings can be ordered via out Custom Chain Sling Order Form or by phone at 800-660-3585.

 

Custom chain lift sling options

In addition to the four different types of sling, other options to customize the lift slings include the size of the chain, the grade of the chain, and the number of legs. Several end fittings are available including sling hooks, grab hooks, foundry hooks, self-locking hooks, and simple oblong links.

You can shop our online selection of chain slings here: Chain Slings & Lifting Chains, or give us a call at 800-660-3585 about any customization options you need. We’ll be happy to help find the exact sling you need.

Wear Sleeves for Tie Down Straps

image of cordura wear strap Protective wear sleeves for tie down straps are one of the best investments you can make for extending the life of your strap.

These lightweight yet rugged strap protectors are also known as Cordura Wear pads due to the common use of CORDURA® fabric in many of the sleeves. Today, most of these popular protective sleeves for tie down straps are made of a generic ballistic nylon fabric, but still offers the same superior abrasion- and cut-resistance. It’s important to note that a protective wear sleeve will not add any strength to the strap or increase its working load limit or break strength.

A protective wear pad can be used with all sizes and types of webbing, and the simple tube design fits snug enough to stay in place, yet can still be moved to the area on the strap where you need it. Because it’s movable, you can place it so it’s also in contact with the cargo, reducing sliding strap marks on the load.

Cordura wear sleeves are also customizable since they can be ordered by the foot. Widths available include:

Protective Wear Sleeves for 1″ Webbing
Protective Wear Sleeves for 2″ Webbing
Protective Wear Sleeves for 3″ Webbing
Protective Wear Sleeves for 4″ Webbing

Because the nylon fabric is designed to fit snug against the webbing, they can sometimes be challenging to slide on. To install, fold the webbing in half, push through the sleeve, then unfold and pull to straighten.

Are Moving Blankets Machine Washable?

Sarah Watson - USCC PhotoWe’re often asked if our moving blankets can be washed in a washing machine.

Our “Best” category includes three machine-washable moving blankets. Their heavy-weight construction with woven polyester binding on all four sides allows them to be washed and re-used repeatedly. Keep in mind, even though these blankets are classified as washable, we do not recommend drying them.  Hang dry is the route to go if you want to extend the life of the blanket.

Our “Best” Moving Blankets are available in 1-Dozen, 4-Pack, and single quantities, and  include:

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1 Dozen Pack, $154.99

Supreme Moving Blanket

  • Cotton/polyester fabric blend
  • Woven polyester binding
  • Maximum protection
  • Black / white
  • Ultra heavy weight
  • Great for sound proofing or as pet bedding
  • Machine washable/hang to dry

 

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1-Dozen Pack, $149.99

Pro Mover Moving Blanket

  • Microfiber fabric
  • Woven polyester binding
  • Heavy weight provides excellent protection
  • Blue both sides
  • Guaranteed colorfast
  • Softer microfiber fabric is great for pet bedding

 

 

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1-Dozen Pack, $129.99

Performance Moving Blanket

  • Cotton/polyester blend fabric
  • Woven polyester binding
  • Mid-weight
  • Very high quality
  • Black / white
  • Durable for many uses

 

 

While moving blankets in our “Best”category are some of our top sellers, we also offer seven additional types of blankets which are great for moving, as well as a variety of other uses. Check out this article for some great ideas: Moving Blankets- Not Just for Moving Anymore.

Better Moving Blankets
Even though we don’t recommend machine-washing our group of “Better” moving blankets, they can be spot cleaned and are durable enough to be used over and over again.

Good Moving Blankets
Our group of “Good” moving blankets are designed for limited usage, but still provide excellent protection.

Moving Skins
Lightweight skins are comprised only of non-quilted, recycle cotton fabric filler. Because they are thinner, they are also sold in larger pack quantities: 24-Pack and 6-Pack.

What are Ratchet Straps Made Of?

ratchet strap with chain extensionBecause ratchet straps are used for trailers, interior van trailers (logistic straps for L-track or E-track systems), moving trucks, and many other types of vehicles that haul bulky or heavy cargo, all of our  ratchet straps are made of high quality, industrial grade webbing.

Ratchet straps are typically made from a polyester fabric, which is strong, durable, and has very little stretch to keep large loads properly secured. Polyester webbing also resists damaging UV rays and most common chemicals, and because it absorbs very little water, it is resistant to mildew, mold, rotting, and shrinkage.

If you need a ratchet strap with stretch, nylon webbing can be used. Call us about custom ratchet straps, we can create a nylon ratchet strap built to your specifications. You can also purchase nylon webbing  and create your own straps by adding your own tie down hardware.Sewing Strap

All of our ratchet strap listings include break strength information for both the webbing and the ratchet assembly. We also calculate the working load limit (WLL) on our ratchet straps. The WLL is the maximum load which should be applied to the securing devices, even when the straps are in new condition. For additional industry key terms, see the Glossary on our website.

The WLL is computed by determining 1/3 of the break strength of the weakest component (either the webbing or the hardware) being used. For example, a ratchet strap that has a web break strength of 12,000 lbs. and an assembly break strength of 10,000 lbs. will have a WLL of 3,333 lbs., which is 1/3 of 10,000 lbs.

Our DOT approved ratchet straps are tagged with WLL information and also meet many industry guidelines, including:

  • Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)
  • Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • Web Sling & Tie Down Association (WSTDA)
  • North American Cargo Securement

If you have a question about our products, shipping, prices, or custom orders, give us a call at 866-444-9990. We’re happy to help you with all of your cargo securing needs.

Customer Review: BlackLine Winch Straps

100_3699This guest post is courtesy of US Cargo Control customer Randy Fischer.

A strap is a strap is a strap, right?  That’s what I used to think.  They’re all basically the same 4″ of poly-something-or-other webbing, with a hook or chain on one end.  Usually colored yellow, for some strange reason.  I always figured it just meant they were all manufactured in the same place and all the different cargo control companies just branded them with their own names and marketed them to truckers, each claiming that theirs was somehow superior to the others.

How can one be any better than another?  They all have the same exact 5,400 lb.Working Load Limit stamped right there on the tag, right?  So I, like most truckers, just bought my straps from whichever place I could find that had the best price.

That’s how I first became aware of US Cargo Control.  They seemed to have better pricing than the “other 100_3702guys.”  I ordered about a dozen straps from them.  I was not disappointed.  They’ve served me well over the years, but alas, they do not last forever.  Invariably, a tiny little tear on the edge of the strap will begin to form.  It doesn’t take long from there.  Once a rip gets started, it will spread rapidly straight across the webbing.  I had a few straps doing this recently and knew it was time to replace them.

Lisa from US Cargo Control asked me if I’d be interested in trying out their new BlackLine series of straps.  Sure…..Why not?  I still didn’t realize how they were any different, other than being a different color.

I was wrong!  These straps are waaaaay stronger!  I’m not exactly sure if it’s the material itself that is so much stronger, or the fact that it has a tighter weave along the edges, some combination of the two, or if they are weaved by little magic elves in the middle of the night while nobody’s around.  I don’t care, all I know is they’re strong.  The specs on the label prove it.  A 24,000 lb. breaking strength?  Incredible!  A 6,670 lb Working Load Limit?  Unheard of!!

100_3698 Sure, they cost a few bucks more than their regular straps, but still cheaper than most of the “other guy’s” plain old yellow straps.  I can’t help but believe they’ll last much, much longer.  It’s not going to be easy for a rip to get started on these puppies.

So, I’m happy to admit that I was wrong.  Not all straps are created equal.  From now on, only BlackLine straps will be appearing on my trailer (after I finish wearing out the rest of my yellow ones).  If you’re a flat-bedder, show the rest of the drivers you mean business, show them you’re a professional, show them you’re a “black belt”!!

-Randy Fischer  (aka:  “Riding Shotgun with Randy” on Facebook)