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.

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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:

Hand Truck Assembly Guide

US Cargo Control Hand Trucks:

Tools needed:

  • Two 13mm wrenches
  • One # 6 allen wrench
  • Two 10mm wrenches
  • Pliers

** Do not use power tools. Tighten all parts by hand.

FRAME & NOSEPLATE ASSEMBLY:

  1. Slide interior framing sections into the bottom of each side of the main frame , making sure the end with the holes is at the bottom.
  2. Slide noseplate into the bottom of the frame, lining up the indentations, and gently tapping into place.
  3. Attach axle plates to the main frame as shown, using included bolts and tightening with 13mm wrenches. Be sure the nose plate is facing away from the axle plates NOTE: Axle plates are marked with “L” for left and “R” for right, when the nose plate is facing forward.
  4. **If you have a model with an extension nose plate, place it flat against the main noseplate and attach using the same bolts.
  5. **If you have a model with stair climbers, you must attach the stair climbers before assembling the wheels.

OPTIONAL STAIR CLIMBER ASSEMBLY:

     For models with 8″ wheels:

  1. Place axle rod through the hole closest to the inside of the axle plates. Slide the rod through the first axle plate and then slide it through inside holes of the stair climbers and then through the other axle plate.
  2. Before assembling the wheels, keep the stair climbers moved to the middle of the axle rod and insert the spring pins through the axle rod (Fig 2). There are two holes in the axle rod at each end for the spring pins. You may need to loosen one of the axle plates to get the spring pin aligned with the hole on the axle rod. You can use a hammer to drive the spring pin through the axle.
  3. Attach tops of stair climber to the frame using bolt and washer (the sides with the red plastic insets on the stair climbers should be facing to the rear).

     For models with 10″ wheels:

  1. Place axle rod will go through the hole closest to the outside of the axle plate, then proceed to step 2 as shown above.

WHEEL ASSEMBLY:

     8″ wheel assembly (solid wheels):

  • Assemble the wheels (G) with a washer on the inside and outside of each wheel. The grease zerk on each wheel should be on the inside. Use a cotter pin to hold the wheel in place, which will go into each end of the axle rod; once it is through, bend each side using pliers.

     10″ wheels assembly (foam filled or pneumatic):

  • Assemble the wheels (G) with a washer on the inside and outside of each wheel. The valve stem on each wheel should be on the outside. Use a cotter pin to hold the wheel in place, which will go into each end of the axle rod; once it is through, bend each side using pliers.
  • If your model has pneumatic wheels, check air pressure and maintain at (30) PSI.)

HANDLE ASSEMBLY:

  • Insert the handle (H) and tighten down bolts on each side with a 10mm wrench and # 6 allen wrench.

Download our general hand truck assembly instructions (PDF).

US Cargo Control Goes Camping

The trees are turning green, mowers are humming… summer is almost here. And if you’re a camping enthusiast, that means it’s time to start getting your gear ready. To make things easier, we’ve put together a list of essentials you might not have considered, and you can find them all at uscargocontrol.com. Camping with US Cargo Control picture

1) Tie down straps
Although they’re just a few inches wide, tie down straps are big on versatility. By allowing you to secure gear outside your vehicle, you can free up extra space inside. Use these workhorses for securing tents, hiking gear, bikes, fishing tackle and other necessities to a rooftop rack, a back bike rack, the top of a camper, or inside a boat. Choose either a ratchet strap or cam buckle strap based on what you’re securing. A cam buckle pinches the webbing between the teeth and the buckle, but can only be as tight as your strength will allow; it’s great for securing more fragile items since you can’t over tighten it.  If you need something stronger, a ratchet is the way to go.  The webbing is secured around the ratchet mandrel and tightening is done with a ratcheting action using leverage to pull the strap very tight.

2) Tent stakes
If you have a camper, you may think you don’t need tent stakes, but these handy items can be a real life saver should rough weather move in. Pack a tarp and some metal tent stakes and you’ll have the perfect solution for keeping wood, chairs, etc., dry.

3) Moving blanket
If you’re sleeping in a tent but don’t have an air mattress or cot, a moving blanket makes a great layer for the hard ground.  Our Supreme moving blanket is heavy duty and thick, so laying one or two on the tent floor is an easy way to create some cushion. Even if you do use an air mattress or cot, consider adding a few of these blankets to your camping supplies…. you can’t exactly drape an air mattress or cot over you like you can a blanket when you’re sitting around the campfire! And they’re machine-washable so you can simply toss in the washing machine when you get home.

4) Bungee cords
Bungee cords are great for tying down things during transit, but don’t just toss them aside once you’ve set up camp:

  • Bundle firewood and kindling together so they’re easier to carry.
  • Wind up extra slack in hoses or cords to keep them neat and tidy and less prone to tripping over.
  • Use with tent stakes to hold tent flaps, awnings or camper doors open or closed.
  • Create a closthesline to hang wet clothing.
  • Secure tackle boxes and supplies in a boat or canoe.
  • Use it as a shoulder strap for carrying items during a hike.
  • Secure rolled up sleeping bags or moving blankets to save space.
  • Attach around coolers and boxes of food to the critters out.

Pick up these items and more at USCargoControl.com. Got a great camping or outdoor summer tip? Let us know!

How To Create a Motorcycle Tie Down System in a Pickup Truck Using LTrack

This video shows how L-track (also known as L track, airline track or logistic track) is used to create a motorcycle tie down system in a pickup truck. L-track installed on a the bed rails of a truck provides a wide variety of anchor points to tie down motorcycles, ATVs or other cargo you want to haul.

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

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How to Create Tie Down Anchor Points with E-Track Singles

E-track singles create anchor points for small spaces such as pickup boxes, moving dollies, or anywhere you need a tie-down point. This short video explains what they are and places you might want to install them. See the full transcript below.

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This is an e-track single fitting. Typically e-track comes in long sections and it’s found in the back of trucks and trailers to provide anchor points for tying down ATVs, snowmobiles, motorcycles and even cars. The etrack single is really handy because it can be installed in truck beds, toy haulers, and trailers.

Or if you’re in a factory setting, it can be installed on carts or pallets and it provides a good anchor point for attaching e-track fittings or e-track straps to keep cargo secure as it moves through your work space.

E-track fittings can be found on the end of e-track ratchet straps and e-track cam buckle straps. The combination of the etrack receiver and fitting is very strong and secure, and it locks into the receiver until you release the spring lever.

The placement options for e-track single receivers are really up to your imagination. One option is on the side of the tail gate of a pick up truck. It’s slim enough so it won’t impede the closing of the tail gate but it gives you an anchor point for tying down materials that would lie on the tailgate itself, such as lumber.

L-Track Fittings: Small But Mighty

What’s round, measures less than 2″ high, yet has the ability to withstand up to 4,000 lbs. of pressure? A single L-track fitting with round ring.

This simple workhorse is easy to install- just attach the round airline track single base using screws and click the fitting into the recessed area. But more importantly, these little pieces are big on versatility. While longer L-track sections – such as the popular 24 inch aluminum L-track rail – are traditionally used on a trailer to secure motorcycles and ATVs with 2-inch tie down straps, these single L-track fittings can be placed anywhere you need an anchor point. They’re the perfect solution if you’re short on space and a full track length won’t fit, such as behind a wheel well in a trailer, or if placing a full track isn’t an ideal option, such as on the tailgate of a pickup truck.

But don’t limit L-track singles to just a trailer or truck: use them in the garage, shed, utility room, barn- the possibilities are endless. Attach one to the garage wall, add a cinch strap  to the ring and you instantly have a place to hang hoses, rope, cords, wire, etc. The round ring can also accommodate a bungee cord or rubber tarp strap hook for lots of lighter duty applications. And the strength capacity makes them great for securing heavier items as well. In fact, manufacturing shops attach these single anchor points on carts to secure items for transport within the facility, so consider them of use on an ATV, utility tractor, etc.

The L-track name comes from the term “logistic track” and is sometimes also referred to as L track or airline track, because it’s used in the airline industry to secure seating components. The longer track pieces are ideal if you need an adjustable anchor point, as it’s designed with several indentions for the fitting to secure. However, when space is tight and there not enough room for an entire track length, a single l-track fitting is the perfect solution.

Watch this video: How to install a motorcycle tie down system in a pickup truck using logistic track, for more information.

Heavy Duty Lumber Tarp for Flatbed Trailers

Learn more about the waterproof heavy duty lumber tarp shown in this video.

Lumber tarp features oversized d-rings in 3 rows that run the length of the tarp and abrasion resistant pads for increased durability.

Specifications:

  • Heavy duty 18 oz. PVC coated polyester on top and sides
  • 24′ x 27′ with 8′ flap
  • Colors: black, blue, red, green, yellow, gray and white.
  • Shipping weight:  110 pounds