Here’s How Heavy-Duty our BlackLine Ratchet Straps Really Are

Working load limit is 6,670 pounds, assembly break strength is 20,000 pounds, and webbing break strength is 24,000 pounds.

No doubt, the capacity specs on our heavy-duty BlackLine Ratchet Straps sound pretty impressive; but it’s hard to understand the enormity of these numbers without some context.

 

BlackLine 2-Inch Heavy-Duty Ratchet Straps

The smaller of the two available widths, our 2-inch BlackLine straps are available with a flat hook, wire hook, or chain extension end fitting.

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2″ ratchet strap w/ chain extension is available in 30′ lengths
heavy duty ratchet strap with wire hook
2″ ratchet strap w/ wire hook is available in 18′ and 30′ lengths
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2″ ratchet strap w/ flat hook is available in 18′, 27′, and 30′ lengths

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They all boast a working load limit of 3,333 pounds and an assembly break strength of 10,000 pounds for each individual strap.

This means that two 2-inch BlackLine tie down straps are able to safely secure weight that’s equivalent to an adult hippopotamus. Not that you would want to tie down a hippopotamus to your flatbed, but you get the idea.

To look at it another way, you could secure the weight of about five speedboats with just two 2-inch BlackLine ratchet straps.

Get yourself four of the 2-inch BlackLine straps and you’ll have a working load limit that is plenty enough for the weight of a Monster Truck, and nearly enough for a helicopter or school bus.

 

BlackLine 4-Inch Heavy-Duty Ratchet Straps

These are the real deal when it comes to heavy-duty ratchet straps. Our 4-inch BlackLine straps are available with all the same end fittings: flat hook, double J wire hook, or with a chain extension.

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4″ ratchet strap w/ chain extension is available in 30′ lengths
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4″ ratchet strap w/ flat hook is available in 30′ lengths
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4″ ratchet strap w/ flat hook is available in 30′ lengths

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All these options have a working load limit of 6,670 pounds and an assembly break strength of 20,000 pounds.

That means that two 4-inch BlackLine tie down straps are rated to handle the weight of an adult male African elephant and nearly enough for the weight of a T-Rex or even a small jet.

If you get four of these straps? You’ll have a working load limit high enough to haul an armored car or the equivalent of about 5 full-size pickup trucks.

 

Why BlackLine Ratchet Straps are so Strong

The break strength of BlackLine ratchet straps is the highest strength available today. This, in turn, is also what makes their working load limit so high. But how is this accomplished?

Other than having extremely strong assembly strength, BlackLine straps have thicker edging compared to other tie-down straps.

The webbing break strength on 2-inch BlackLine straps is 13,000 pounds and a whopping 24,000 pounds on the 4-inch BlackLine ratchet and winch straps.

The webbing is created with a high concentration of fabric, rather than wire or other topical enhancements. This more durable webbing not only provides the extremely high break strength but also promotes a longer strap life.

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In addition, all of the BlackLine straps with flat hook end fittings have a black powder-coated finish for extra protection from corrosion.

 

Plus, we offer heavy-duty 4-inch BlackLine winch straps with the same working load limit and assembly break strength as the BlackLine ratchet straps.

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4″ winch strap w/ flat hook is available in 27′ and 30′ lengths
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4″ winch strap w/ chain extension is available in 30′ lengths

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: While we stand behind the strength of our heavy-duty BlackLine ratchet straps and winch straps (which are all labeled with their working load limit to meet CVSA guidelines, DOT regulations, and WSTDA, CHP and North American Cargo Securement standards) we do not recommend or condone securing animals (extinct or not) to flatbed trailers. Those examples were only meant to demonstrate the insanely high working load limits of our heavy duty BlackLine ratchet straps. Always check to ensure the weight of the cargo you are hauling is within the working load limit of the straps you are using.

 

Top 10 Cargo Control Products to be Thankful For

As the scent of fresh-carved turkey and pumpkin pie inches closer and closer to our noses, it’s important to resist the temptation of retreating to the comfort of your recliner for a nap or the warmth of your bed to, well, get away from the in-laws. There will be plenty of time for naps and in-law annoyances come Thanksgiving Day. Until then, you’ve got work to do.

And just in time for the holiday season, US Cargo Control has compiled a list of the top 10 cargo control products to be thankful for. One way or another, they’re all bound to come in handy this time of year.

 

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1. Tarps

Cover your firewood, boat, or motorcycle for the winter or bring a tarp on your next hunting trip to wrap and drag back game easily. Even if you’re not a professional truck driver using tarps to cover your cargo, a good quality tarp has nearly endless possibilities.

 

 

2. Motorcycle Tie Down Straps

Your dirtbikes and motorcycles can all be transported to and from winter storage without a scratch thanks to these specialty motorcycle ratchet straps. Add a plush protective tie down cover for even more protection.

 

 

 

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3. Tire Chains

Slip a set of snow chains on your vehicle to drastically increase grip and safety. With these high-quality and easy to use tire chains, no winter weather will keep you from moving forward.

 

 

 

 

4. Recovery Strapswhere to get recovery straps

This cargo control product is an invaluable tool to have in your truck or SUV during the winter months. You can save someone’s day by pulling them out of the ditch with a heavy-duty tow strap.

 

 

 

5. Safety Trianglesemergency warning triangles

If you find yourself in a ditch or pulled over to the side of the road during these cold and dark winter nights, you’ll need to always make yourself visible to others. Keep a set of these fluorescent orange warning triangles with you to stay safe.

 

 

 

6. Blackline Ratchet Straps

It doesn’t matter how big of a Christmas tree you get when you have these heavy-duty Blackline straps. With the strongest break strength in the industry, these could be used to bring the that massive Christmas tree into Time Square.

 

 

 

 

 

7. Good-N-Tight Ratchet Strap Handle

Putting less strain on your back when tightening ratchet straps is something you’ll be thankful for, for years to come. The inventive Good-N-Tight Handle even makes the job easier by giving you three times the leverage.

 

 

 

8. Corner Protectors

These simple devices ensure that cargo (including your Christmas presents) gets delivered damage free. Plastic corner protectors also help extend the life of your ratchet straps by reducing rubbing.

 

 

 

 

9. Camo Moving Blanket

Friday night football games, early morning hunting trips, or to protect your vehicle’s seats from the dog’s hair and slobber – camo colored moving blankets can be used for much more than just moving.

 

 

 

10. USCC Branded Stainless Steel Mug

Unless your one of those people that likes a cold cup of coffee, a USCC branded tumbler is a no-brainer for cold winter months. This 30-ounce insulated mug, will keep your drink warm for up to six hours.

 

 

 

There you have it, 10 cargo control products that provide plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving and beyond. Do the preparation work now and come Thanksgiving, you’ll have earned that nap, and maybe even an extra piece of pie.

 

Veterans: Getting Your CDL is Easier than You Think

veteran cdl waiverIn honor of Veterans Day 2018, we first want to extend our deepest gratitude to all the men and women of the US military both past and present. Your sacrifices are what have defined and retained our great country’s freedoms since its start.  Thank you for all that you have done and all that you continue to do.

 

For military members that have concluded their active service and are now looking to transition into a civilian career, it’s often a difficult road. However, new laws are paving the way to make it easier than ever for military veterans to get their CDL, and start a career in trucking.

 

New “Even Exchange” Policy in Wisconsin

In early October, Wisconsin announced a policy that allows military veterans to waive the knowledge portion of their civilian CDL test, and rely on their military experience instead. Coined as “even exchange,” this written test waiver aims to make it faster and easier for veterans to immediately enter the workforce.

 

Transitioning from Military to Trucking

Loyalty, honor, and self-discipline are all necessary traits of a commercial truck driver. It’s why trucking companies often seek out military veterans. But there’s also a familiar benefit for the veterans.

military veteran to truck driver

Beyond the benefit of getting a job, many veterans have discovered that the lifestyle of operating a big-rig is a lot like their time in uniform. Just as the military provided a way to see the world, trucking provides a chance to see the country which they fought to defend. And while trucking does take drivers away from home for periods of time, it is often significantly shorter than their time away during service. Many trucking companies offer generous home time options, sometimes as frequent as every weekend. And if you become an owner-operator that choice is largely up to you.

Lastly, trucking is a secure job with good pay (especially now as many companies are searching for dedicated drivers). The power of employment choice is in the hands of drivers, and it all starts with getting a civilian CDL.

 

What it takes for Military Members to get a CDL

While the new even exchange policy only applies to residents of Wisconsin, there is a CDL road skills test waiver in place at the national level. That policy still requires veterans to pass the written knowledge test, but they are not required to take the skills test. Below is an overview of the requirements for veterans with a military CDL to get their civilian CDL. Keep in mind that local state laws (like that of Wisconsin) may make it even easier for you to obtain your CDL.

 

CDL Skills Test Waiver Requirements

  • Military trucking driving experience of at least 2 years
  • Application within 1 year of discharge
  • Passing the written knowledge test
  • Possession of only 1 driver’s license within the past 2 years (other than military license). Also, your license may never have been suspended, revoked, or canceled
  • No offenses on your driving record such as alcohol or drugs, leaving scene of an accident, operating with a suspended license, or fatalities caused by negligence.
  • No serious traffic violations.

 

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If you’re a veteran with military truck driving experience, the first step to starting a career in trucking is to fill out the Application for Military Skills Test Waiver.

 

USCC is Committed to Military Veterans

While a day of celebration and gratitude for our veterans is a great start, our dedication to the prosperity of military veterans can’t end there.

That’s why US Cargo Control stays committed to veterans all year long by offering a 10% discount to all military veterans and their dependents.

From ratchet straps for everyday use to complete flatbed starter kits that will help get veterans geared up for their new career, USCC is proud to provide everyone with the cargo control equipment they need to keep moving forward.

 

3 Reasons to Buy a Manual Chain Hoist over an Electric Chain Hoist

Chain hoists are simple devices that give you a massive mechanical advantage. By leveraging small force over a long distance and transforming it to large force over a short distance, chain hoists are able to accomplish heavy lifts and pulls that would otherwise be impossible for a person to accomplish alone.

Chain hoists can be either electric or manual, and there are advantages and disadvantages to both. In this post, we will focus on manual chain hoists.

 

Manual Chain Hoist Advantages

hand hoist vs. lever hoistWhile manual chain hoists won’t lift quite as fast and effortlessly as electric hoists, there are many advantages to owning a manual chain hoist.

1. Manual chain hoists don’t require any electricity or power source. This makes them much more portable compared to electric hoists.

2. Manual hoists are more cost-efficient compared to electric or hydraulic hoists. Not only do electric hoists cost more initially, but they also raise electricity bills.

3. The simple design of manual hoists makes them easier to repair and maintain. No complex motors, wires, or electrical/hydraulic systems.

 

Although electric chain hoists are able to lift heavier loads, manual hoists can still have working load limits (WLL) up to 20 tons. As long as what your lifting is below that, there’s no reason not to opt for a manual hoist.

There are two main styles of manual chain hoists to choose from: hand hoists and lever hoists.

 

Hand Chain Hoists

Hand hoists have a simplistic design and are easy to operate and maintain.

Hand hoists require the use of both your hands to operate. As you pull one chain, a wheel turns a series of cogs, axles, gears, and sprockets and in turn rotates the second load chain to lift or pull your load. The lifting mechanism is designed to do most of the work for you. To ensure your safety and the safety of the load, many chain hoists have a braking system that prevents the load from slipping back. Unlike lever hoists, hand hoists are ideal for high vertical loads. You can continue to operate the pulling chain from the ground even when the hoist is positioned up high.

US Cargo Control sells both Columbus McKinnon hand hoists and Coffing hand hoists.

 

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CM Series 622 Hand Chain Hoist
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CM Cyclone Hand Chain Hoist
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Columbus McKinnon Manual Hand Hoist Models

  • CM 622 Hoist – a construction-grade hand hoist with low headroom and easy installation. 1/2 ton to 5 ton WLL.
  • CM Hurricane 360 Hoist – this hand hoist has a chain cover that rotates 360° so loads can be lifted, pulled, and positioned from nearly any angle. WLL ranges from 1/2 ton to 10 tons.
  • CM Cyclone Hoist – a high-quality, rigorously tested hand hoist that is 100% American made. Choose from 1/4 ton to 10 ton WLL.

 

Coffing Manual Hand Hoists Models

  • Coffing LHH Hoist – the compact design of this hand hoist makes it portable and easy to inspect and maintain. It also has low headroom and a WLL range of 1/2 ton to 20 tons.

 

Lever Chain Hoists

Lever hoists are also quite easy to operate and maintain. To operate them, you simply crank a side lever that is attached directly to the lifting mechanism. Unlike hand hoists, lever hoists can be operated using just one hand. This makes them ideal for horizontal, angled, and low vertical loads. Because the lever handle is located up next to the lifting mechanism, you must be close to the point of hook-up to operate.

US Cargo Control sells quality Columbus McKinnon (CM) lever hoists and Coffing lever hoists.

 

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CM Series 653 Lever Chain Hoist
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CM Tornado 360 Lever Chain Hoist
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CM Mini Series 602 Lever Chain Hoist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CM Lever Chain Hoists

  • CM 653 Hoist – this is a construction-grade lever hoist with a very short handle. Ideal for working in small spaces. WLL range from 3/4 ton up to 6 tons.
  • CM Bandit Hoist– this durable hoist is assembled in the USA with American made hooks and chain. Extremely portable and versatile with a 360° rotating handle. 3/4 ton to 6 ton WLL.
  • CM Tornado 360 Hoist – has a unique sidewinder lever handle that improves both lifting and pulling efficiency. Ergonomic design increases safety. Choose among 3/4 ton WLL to 6 tons, with load limiters as an option.
  • CM Mini Series 602 Hoist – this is the most compact lever chain hoist available. Extremely portable as it weighs only 6 to 7 pounds. Quick to load with a 1/4 ton working load limit.
  • CM Mini Series 603 Hoist – another extremely compact and portable chain hoist that features quick load attachment. Not quite as light but has a 1/2 ton working load limit.

 

Coffing Chain Hoists

  • Coffing LSB Hoist – this lever hoist features a through-hardened load chain and lifetime lubricated gears. 360° rotating handle for versatile rigging options. WLL ranges from 3/4 ton up to 6 tons.

 

Chain Hoist Video

Lacy has more information on the chain hoists we sell in the video below.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ5TfYDU1Xg?rel=0