Wire Rope Basics

Understand the differences among different types of wire rope so you can buy with confidence.

Differences in Size, Construction, Lay, Core, Grade, Finish

Understanding the basics of wire rope will help guide you on how to choose the right wire rope for your job. Application, required strength, and environmental conditions all play a factor in determining the type of wire rope that is best for you.

wire rope basics

But when it comes to buying wire rope, the various numbers and abbreviations that describe the different types of wire rope can be confusing. EIPS wire rope, 6X19 IWRC wire rope, and lang lay wire rope are just some of the many variations available. But what does it all mean?

These wire rope basics will help you understand the differences among types of wire so you can buy with confidence.

1. Size

Displayed as inch or fractional inch measurements, the size indicates the diameter of the rope. Industry standards measure the rope at its widest point. A wide range of sizes are available from 1/8” wire rope to 2-1/2” wire rope. Thicker sized wire rope has a higher break strength. For example, our 3/8” 6X19 IWRC Galvanized Wire Rope has a 15,100 lb. break strength while our 1-1/2” 6X19 IWRC Galvanized Wire Rope has a 228,000 lb. break strength. 

2. Construction

Wire rope is composed of individual wires that are twisted to form strands. The strands are then twisted to form a rope construction.

7/16" stainless steel wire rope: 6 x 19 construction
7/16″ stainless steel wire rope: 6 x 19 construction


The numbers indicate its construction. For example: in 6X19 wire rope, as shown at left, the first number is the number of strands (6);  the second number is how many wires make up one strand (19).

Numbers may also be followed by a letter combination such as FW or WS which indicates how the outside layer is constructed.

FW= filler wire (same sizes throughout)

WS= Warrington Seale (combination of large and small)

3. Lay

Refers to the direction the wires and strands are twisted during the construction of the rope.

Regular lay 

When it comes to wire rope, regular lay is also referred to as right lay or ordinary lay. This indicates that the strands pass from left to right across the rope and the wires in the rope are laid in opposite direction to the lay of the strands. This type of construction is the most common and offers the widest range of applications for the rope.

Lang lay

This term indicates that the wires are twisted in the same direction as the strands. These ropes are generally more flexible and have increased wearing surface per wire than right lay ropes. Because the outside wires lie at an angle to the rope’s axis, internal stress is reduced making it more resistant to fatigue from bending. This type of rope is often used in construction, excavating, and mining applications.

4. Core

Refers to what makes up the center of the wire rope.

FC= fiber core

Fiber cores are made of vegetable (sisal, etc.) or synthetic (polypropylene, etc.) fiber and offer more elasticity.

IWRC= independent wire rope core

Independent wire rope cores offer more support to the outer strands and have a higher resistance to crushing and heat. Independent wire rope core also has less stretch and more strength.

5. Grade  

Refers to the grade of steel used. Classifications include:

IPS= improved plowed steel.

EIPS = extra improved plowed steel (approximately 10% stronger than IPS).

EEIPS= extra extra improved plowed steel (approximately 10% stronger than the EIPS).

GIPS= galvanized improved plowed steel; galvanized wires add corrosion resistance.

DGEIP= drawn galvanized improved plow steel; galvanized for corrosion resistance. Drawn wires generally have a higher break load than GIPS.

6 x 37 EIPS IWRC 3/8" galvanized wire rope
6 x 37 EIPS IWRC 3/8″ galvanized wire rope

6. Finish

This last tip on wire rope basics refers to the protective coating on the wire rope.

Bright

Made with uncoated wires manufactured from high carbon steel.

Galvanized

Provides extra corrosion resistance.

Stainless Steel

Highly resistant to corrosion and is commonly used in marine applications.

8 x 19 EIPS IWRC bright 3/4" wire rope
3/4″ bright wire rope: 8 x 19 EIPS IWRC

Many of our customers use our wire rope and our wire rope clips to create wire rope assemblies. Check out of video blog on How to Safely Apply Wire Rope Clips to Wire Rope Assemblies to learn more.

10 Types of Material Handling Equipment You Never Knew We Sold

The product selection at USCC is much more diverse than just roadway cargo control equipment.

From pallet lifters to personnel baskets, we have the industrial material handling equipment you need.

Even though we’re best known for our high-quality ratchet straps, the product selection at USCC is much more diverse than just roadway cargo control equipment.

We have an entire selection of rigging and lifting equipment that includes everything from Crosby shackles to Pewag chain slings.

And if you’ve read our blog articles before, you know all about how to use our plate clamps plus the main benefits of buying a manual chain hoist over an electric chain hoist.

But, did you know we also sell a large selection of industrial material handling equipment from Machining & Welding (M&W), a material handling solutions provider out of Cokato, Minnesota?

Here’s a look at the 10 types of material handling equipment you probably never knew we sold, plus what it’s used for.

1. Bottle Lifters

propane tank or gas mover for forklift lifting

This one needs little explanation. It’s specifically designed to lift heavy bottles of compressed gas and other types of cylinders that need to be elevated on a job site or in a warehouse.

We sell two sizes of bottle lifters: a 2-tank lifter with 750 lb. WLL and a 4-tank with 1,500 lb. WLL. Both types have adjustable straps to hold different sized tanks and lockable doors for extra security.

2. Concrete Barrier Lifting Clamp

concrete block lifting device grabber

Concrete barriers are used for all sorts of things, but most commonly you see them on highways being used as traffic barriers. No matter where they are, those concrete barriers are heavy and this is the piece of equipment needed to move them.

This concrete barrier lifting clamp has a large eye for a crane hook to slide into and can handle barriers with a top width of between 6 and 12 inches.

3. Forklift Lifting Beams

forklift lifting beam

Unlike our other lifting beam and spreader bars that are designed for use with a crane, these compact but powerful forklift lifting beams are made specifically for a forklift.

You just slide the beam on the forks, tighten it up, and then secure a shackle and hook (or whatever lifting hardware you’re using) through the eye in the middle of the beam. It essentially turns your forklift into a mini-crane that can safely lift up to 10,000 lbs.

4. Crane Pallet Lifters

manual pallet lifting bar for crane or hoist

Just like how the forklift lifting beam turns a forklift into a crane, this adjustable pallet lifter essentially turns a crane into a forklift with its parallel forks and precise pallet grabbing ability.

This pallet lifter is designed to efficiently move pallets, skids, and crates up to 4,000 lbs. and can be used with either a crane or overhead hoist. The fact that it’s adjustable means you can ensure the load stays level while in motion.

5. Plate Lifting Hook

steel plate lifting hook for chain slings

These massive hooks are specifically designed for lifting steel plate and come with a safety shackle for quick connection. It’s recommended that they only are used with three and four-leg chain slings and the plates should always be at a horizontal 45-degree angle.

The working load limit on these made in the USA plate lifting hooks ranges from 4,300 lbs. up to 15,000 lbs and the powder-coated finish helps ensure they’re a long-lasting hook.

6. Container Lifting Lugs

lifting lugs for lugger container

These strong lifting lugs are able to handle various types of large metal containers but are primarily designed for lugger containers and other material containers with bottom lifting slots.

We have both lefthand and righthand lifting lugs, as well as straight lugs that are typically used with a spreader or lifting beam. These container lifting lugs have a 19,000-lb. working load limit.

7. Bar Tong Lifters

pipe lifting equipment for hoist

This interesting piece of industrial material handling equipment is specifically designed to lift and move round bars and pipe and can be used with either a hoist or a crane. It fits pipes and other cylindrical objects as wide as 4 inches, has a built-in lifting shackle for quick connection, and a 1,000-lb. working load limit.

This bar tong lifter is powder coated yellow for increased visibility.

8. Reel Lifters

reel turner material handling equipment

These reel lifters (or reel turners) allow you to flip reels, such as reels of cable, from rolling to non-rolling position quickly and easily. They have a durable carrying handle and wide eye for a fast connection.

We sell reel lifters with a 3,000-lb. WLL and ones with a 4,5000-lb. WLL.

9. Material Baskets & Personnel Baskets

lugger basket for material
personnel basket for job site transport

Whether you need to safely lower scrap materials from an elevated job site, or get the crew safely up to the job site, we have you covered with a wide variety of material baskets and personnel baskets.

The material baskets offer a variety of high-strength anchor points and lifting versatility, and there are convenient features on the personnel baskets like removable roofs and non-slip steel floors.

10. Forklift Pocket Lifters

pocket lifter for forklift material handling

This last type of material handling equipment is another versatile way to turn your forklift into a convenient lifting device. You can attach these lifters to those awkward objects that have no pockets for the forks to slide into.

We have forklift pocket lifters in a variety of widths (4 inches to 7 inches) and working load limits (3,000 lbs. to 5,000 lbs.). They’re durable and great to use on the job site or in the warehouse.

Are Self-Contained Ratchet Straps Right for You?

The new Rollup Ratchet is our patented self-contained ratchet strap that customers have been thrilled to find here at USCC.

Back in February, we released a new US Cargo Control product that eliminates the question of what to do with those flappy strap tails that remain after a ratchet strap is tightened. The new Rollup Ratchet is our patented self-contained ratchet strap that customers have been thrilled to find here at USCC.

Here’s how one reader, Rich, responded to our new product post back in February:

“Thanks for the info. This is a product I’m looking into for towing motorcycles. Appreciate it!”

Rich – Tow Warren towing services

And last month, a customer who got the 2″ Rollup Ratchet with double J hook gave the new self-contained strap a 5-star review.

“Have only used them once but they work great!!”

JCM

No More Flappy Endings

If you’ve ever looked in the rearview mirror only to see your straps flapping in the breeze, you know the annoyance of watching your strap webbing get premature wear and tear. Loose strap ends can also be a serious danger to fellow drivers if they were to get caught under a tire.

Cargo securers have made many attempts to solve the pesky loose ratchet strap end problem. If you do a Google search for “what to do with excess ratchet strap” you’ll find an assortment of videos and forum posts that suggest everything from tying them in a knot, using zip ties, tape, Velcro, and even closing them in your vehicle’s door. But the new patented Rollup Ratchet from USCC is an all-in-one solution that’s designed to protect your webbing and keep your straps strong for years and years of use. It even provides a smart and more organized way to store your straps when not in use.

2-Inch Self-Contained Straps

2” Rollup Ratchet self-contained straps have a 3,333-lb. working load limit and 10,000 lb. assembly break strength. Hardware options include a choice between flat hook or double J hook ends and both types come in 18 ft. or 27-ft. lengths.

yellow 2 inch self contained ratchet strap with flat hook end fitting
Flat Hook Self-Contained Rollup Ratchet
yellow 2 inch self contained ratchet strap with double j hook end fittings
Double J Hook Self-Contained Rollup Ratchet

1-Inch Self-Contained Straps

1” Rollup Ratchet self-contained straps have an 833-lb. working load limit and 2,500 lb. assembly break strength. They’re available in lengths of either 10 ft. or 16 ft. and come equipped with the popular vinyl coated S-hook end fittings.

yellow 1 inch self contained ratchet strap with wire S hook end fitting
S-Hook Self-Contained Rollup Ratchet

How Self-Contained Straps Work

To secure, apply them just like any other ratchet strap. Then simply thread the excess webbing through the attached patented rolling spindle and roll it all up. These self-contained ratchet straps come with a 100-day guarantee so try them out and see if they’re for you.

Grab a set of Rollup Ratchet Straps today from the US Cargo Control website or call 800-969-6543 to order over the phone.

How We Make Long-Lasting Custom Tarps that Stand Out [video]

Our team that produces our tarps here in-house is focused on making sure that every single tarp they send out is made to the exact specifications and quality that our customers expect.

Video Transcript:

At US Cargo Control we have a team that’s dedicated to making sure that our customers get quality products at all times.

Our team that produces our tarps here in-house is focused on making sure that every single tarp they send out is made to the exact specifications and quality that our customers expect.

When we send things out to customers, we don’t send out anything that we wouldn’t want to use ourselves when we’re on the road.

So, know that when the team is making your tarp that it would be something that they would be using themselves.

Ordering Your Custom Tarp

So, when a customer calls in to make a custom tarp, we’ll ask a variety of different questions.

  1. The application the tarp is going to be used in
  2. The type of material they want to use
  3. The number of D-rings they want and the number of grommets

Colors & Stenciling

We also carry a number of colors, so we have more than just black that we can make, and we can also do stenciling as well in-house. So, if you’re wanting to get your name or a company name on a tarp we can definitely do that to help with branding and make sure you stand out when using your tarp over the road.

We carry a large variety of tarps on our website, but obviously, we don’t carry every single tarp in the industry. So if you don’t see what you’re looking for, call in and talk to our sales team. We have a team that’s dedicated to making sure you get the exact tarp you’re looking for and all of our sales team members are experts within the industry.

So, when you call in, if you don’t have all the answers, that’s fine. We’re here to help you and uncover the exact needs that you have. Our sales team is here to get you what you want when you need it, and we’ll get you the exact tarp that fits the needs that you’re looking for.

To inquire about custom tarps call: 800-969-6543

Corner Protector Comparison Video: What’s Best for Your Cargo?

Some of the different corner protectors we offer include plastic, steel, rubber, fabric, felt, and sleeves. What are the differences?

Corner protectors are an inexpensive way to protect not only your cargo but your straps, chains, tarps, and other tie-down equipment.

Some of the types of corner protectors that we offer include plastic, steel, rubber, fabric, felt, and sleeves.

Plastic Corner Protectors

Plastic corner protectors, or V boards, are flexible, lightweight, stackable, and weather resistant. We sell many different types of plastic corner protectors including corner protectors for bricks, flexible tarp corner protectors, and long and narrow edge protectors that are great for large sheets of drywall and plywood.

Steel Corner Protectors

Steel corner protectors are excellent for heavy-duty uses involving transport chain and for larger, heavier cargo like coils. The durable galvanized steel is protected from premature rust and allows these metal edge protectors to last a long time. We also sell steel corner protectors with rubber lining.

Felt Corner Protectors

Felt corner protectors are durable and tear resistant, great for protecting sensitive cargo and tie down straps. They’re made of industrial grade felt material and are commonly used as lifting sling pads and coil padding as well as for edge protection.

Protective Sleeves

We also have two different types of sleeves: the Cordura wear sleeve and the fleece sleeve protector. Both sleeves wrap around your tie down straps and provide abrasion resistance. The fleece sleeve also adds a level of padding and is great if you’re hauling vehicles with nice paint or chrome that you want to protect.

Extension Handle for Corner Protectors

Using corner protectors is easier than ever with our 8-foot extension handle, specifically designed to make it easier to place corner protectors, brick guards, and veeboards without having to climb onto the trailer. It extends to approximately 8 feet and then easily retracts to approximately 4 feet for easy storage.

Help a Worthy Cause by Simply Choosing Crosby® Wire Rope Clips

Make a difference in the lives of military children who have lost a parent by simply choosing Crosby® brand wire rope clips.

From now through the end of June, you can make a difference in the lives of military children who have lost a parent by simply choosing Crosby® brand wire rope clips.

Crosby®, the world’s largest manufacturer of lifting, rigging, and material handling hardware, is dedicated to donating up to $25,000 to the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation based on sales of its popular wire rope clips.

The Cause

The Fallen Patriots Foundation provides college scholarships and education counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.

According to Fallen Patriots, approximately 20,000 children have lost an active duty parent in the military over the last 35 years. Of those, 97% of casualties are men, leaving behind single mothers to care for their families, and 60% report having trouble making ends meet.

Fallen Patriots has enrolled thousands of children and granted millions in scholarships to hundreds of students. Now it’s your chance to step up and help this great cause continue to do what they do, while also getting a high-quality wire rope clip from a trusted hardware manufacturer.

The Clips

Wire rope clips have a wide variety of uses in many different industries including oil & gas, construction, and manufacturing. Not only is Crosby® a trusted manufacturer of wire rope clips, but it was, in fact, Oliver Crosby who invented the wire rope clip back in 1888.

Today, their two most popular clips are the G-450 Galvanized Wire Rope Clip and the G-429 Fist Grip Wire Rope Clips.

Crosby® G-450 Wire Rope Clip

traditional wire rope clip from crosby

This popular drop forged, galvanized wire rope clip features Crosby’s signature Red-U-Bolt® for quick identification. With its traditional U-bolt style, saddle, and nuts – the versatile G-450 is suitable for a wide variety of heavy-duty rigging jobs. Available in a range of sizes from 1/8″ up to 3-1/2″.

Crosby® G-429 Fist Grip Wire Rope Clips

small wire rope clip fist grip style forged steel

Unlike traditional wire rope clips, the Crosby® Fist Grip Clip is comprised of bolts and heavy hex nuts. The bolts are an integral part of the forged steel saddle and the nuts can be installed in a way that allows the rigger to swing the wrench in a full arc for fast installation. Sizes range from 3/16″ up to 1-1/2″.

In past blog articles, we give more details about how to safely use wire rope clips and share some of the unique things our customers have built with wire rope clips.

The Contest

As a way to give everyone a chance to show their support for Children of Fallen Patriots, Crosby® has also launched a photo contest that awards two winners each week with a free Fallen Patriots polo shirt and Crosby® hat.

All you have to do is upload your photo of a Crosby® clip application to riggingforthetroops.com and then follow Crosby® on social media to see the weekly winners.

If you use wire rope clips, support this worthy cause by choosing Crosby® wire rope clips. Crosby® clips are available through USCC here.

How to Choose the Perfect Moving Blankets for Your Needs

No matter what you need moving blankets for, US Cargo Control has you covered. Find out how to select the ideal moving blankets to match your needs and your budget.

Gear up for moving season with high-quality moving blankets from US Cargo Control.

Moving season is here and that means between now and September, an estimated 32 million people in the United States will be packing up and headed somewhere new. However, the majority of moves will happen in June, July, and August.

Now is your chance to get ahead of the game by stocking up on moving supplies like our popular moving blankets and pads that have many different uses including furniture storage, pet bedding, and outdoor recreation.

No matter what you need moving blankets for, US Cargo Control has you covered. Check out Lacy’s short video below to find out how to select the ideal moving blankets to match your needs and your budget.

Moving Blankets 101

Moving Blanket Basics

Most of our moving blankets and moving pads are the standard 72″ x 80″ size. All of our moving blankets are stitched in a chevron pattern and have recycled cotton fiber filling. We refer to the weight of a blanket on a “per-dozen” basis, and the very heaviest blanket we sell is our Supreme Mover at 95-pounds/dozen.

Woven vs. Non-Woven Moving Blankets

This refers to the material of the body and the binding of the blanket. Woven moving blankets are more durable because they are threaded while non-woven blankets are pressed and heated.

“Good” Moving Blankets

These economical moving blankets are great for limited use and range in weight from 43-pounds/dozen to 65-pounds/dozen. They have a non-woven body and non-woven binding.

“Better” Moving Blankets

These mid-range moving blankets can withstand repeated use as they have a woven body with non-woven binding. The weight of blankets in our “Better” category range from 65-pounds/dozen to 85-pounds/dozen.

“Best” Moving Blankets

These are our most durable and high-quality moving blankets. They range from 75-pounds/dozen to 95-pounds/dozen and feature a woven body with woven binding. These moving blankets can be machine washed without damaging the integrity of the blanket.

Lightweight Moving Pads & Skins

We also have moving pads that are just 26-pounds/dozen. These are great for single use moves and light-duty shipping. Lacy has more information on these economical moving pads in the video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uD_2delKro?rel=0

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3 Popular Heavy-Duty Cargo Nets for Pickup Truck Beds

These truck bed cargo nets have all received high ratings from our customers, so we thought we’d share the different options available to you

Quick & Easy Ways to Secure a Load in the Back of Your Truck

If you’re looking for a convenient way to secure lots of different cargo in your pickup truck bed, and want something a little heavier duty than our bungee cargo nets, we have three heavy-duty cargo nets to choose from. These truck bed cargo nets have all received high ratings from our customers, so we thought we’d share the different options available to you, including custom cargo nets.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qUoffwtoVg?rel=0

1. Extra Short Bed Truck Cargo Net – 42” x 50”

42" x 50" pickup truck cargo net

The smallest of our heavy-duty truck bed cargo nets, these versatile nets have four straps that each have a vinyl S-hook for attachment and a 2” cam buckle for securement. They’re manufactured with industrial grade 2” black polyester webbing for a strong and durable hold on your cargo. Each hole opening is 6” x 6” and the straps are attached to the net with a D-ring.

2. Short Bed Truck Cargo Net – 66” x 50”

66" x 50" pickup truck cargo net

Other than overall size, this popular mid-size truck bed cargo net offers all the same features found on the extra short truck bed net: four vinyl S-hooks, 2” cam buckles, 2” industrial grade polyester webbing, 6”x6” hole openings and D-rings.

Customer Review

Product was exactly as described and made from heavy duty webbing. I was surprised on how well made it was and fits my 2016 Ford F-150 Lariat properly. Shipping was fast and the order processed as requested. Great product and very good customer service.

Kevin, 2018

3. Long Bed Truck Cargo Net – 82” x 50”

82" x 50" pickup truck cargo net

Get over 6-feet of coverage with these long truck bed cargo nets. Perfect for covering cargo on full-size truck beds. Other than the additional coverage area, hardware and other construction specs are identical to the shorter nets listed above.

Customer Review

Used this purchase yesterday to drive 290 miles covering a load of children’s rockers and swings…very pleased with sturdy hold down in wind.

Doug, 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3oRDUJA8a8?rel=0

Custom Truck Bed Cargo Nets

Looking for a different heavy-duty cargo net? Let us know what your ideal net would include and we’ll mock up a design for you to look at. Once you give us the green light, our in-house manufacturing team gets to work creating your custom cargo net masterpiece to your exact specifications.

Custom Cargo Net Options

With our custom cargo nets, you have the power to choose the webbing width, color, hardware, hole sizes, and of course the overall size.

Color Options

Choose between 1” or 2” polyester webbing pieces, then select a color from the color palette below.

custom cargo net color options from USCC

Hardware Options

There are many different hardware options to choose from, including your choice of securement hardware like ratchets or cam buckles, plus end fitting options like vinyl coated hooks, flat snap hooks, D-rings, E-track, and more. You can also choose how many grommets you want included.

cam buckle or ratchet strap options and end fittings for custom cargo nets

Size Options

Finally, get your tape measure out and determine your ideal net length and height, plus the overall length (end fittings included). Then choose the hole size you want depending on the cargo you will typically be hauling.

choosing your custom cargo net size chart

Get started on your custom cargo net today.

This New Shackle is Strong Enough to Help Lift the Statue of Liberty

If the 305-foot tall national monument ever did need to be moved, the new Crosby® G-2140E Easy-Loc Shackles could be ready to handle the load faster than any other shackle.

Revolutionary G-2140E Crosby® Shackles have a WLL Range of 200-300 Metric Tons and Save Riggers’ Time by up to 90% (video below)

To put this mammoth of a shackle into perspective, the 300-ton WLL version of the alloy steel G-2140E shackle is over 1.5-feet tall and weighs a whopping 791 pounds.

Coming in at a hefty 450,000 pounds, Lady Liberty isn’t leaving her home on Ellis Island anytime soon. But if the 305-foot tall national monument ever did need to be moved, the new Crosby® G-2140E Easy-Loc Shackles would be ready to handle the load (except the 200-ton which comes in just under the required WLL).

However, all fictional scenarios aside, a shackle with a 300-ton WLL is nothing new. In fact, we sell the standard Crosby® G 2140 Bolt Type Alloy Shackles with load limits up to 400-tons. And we have Crosby® Wide Body Sling Shackles that get all the way up to an incredible 1,550-ton WLL.

where to buy the crosby g2140E shackle
The new Crosby® G-2140E Shackle meets or exceeds all ASME B30.26 requirements. Source: Crosby®

3 Really Big Benefits of the G- 2140E Crosby® Shackle

The real benefit of the G-2140E shackle is found in its new Easy-Loc® feature that is said to reduce heavy lift install and release time by as much as 90% over traditional securement methods, such as the classic nut and cotter pin shackle design.

This ingenious design takes away the time-consuming need to thread a nut on the shackle bolt, insert a cotter pin, and use tools to secure it properly.

G2140E crosby shackle securement hardware
The Easy-Loc replaces nuts and cotter pins, making 10-second installation time possible. Source: Crosby®

1. Easy-Loc® Securement Saves Time & Money

Instead, the industry first Easy-Loc® design allows you to simply push down on a release button to quickly open the collar. Then simply slide the bolt in through the shackle and replace the Easy-Loc jaw. The Easy-Loc® positive locking design even tells you that collar installation is complete as the arms will be locked into place.

2. It’s Lighter and Reduces Rust & Corrosion

On average, the Easy-Loc® hardware is nearly 40% lighter than traditional shackle nuts and the durable 316 stainless steel construction reduces rust and corrosion to help ensure it keeps working just as it should.

wide grip handle on G2140E from crosby
The ergonomic wide grip handle provides optimal rigging access for bolt handling. Source: Crosby®

3. New Wide Grip Handle Design Makes Rigging Safer and Easier

If all those benefits aren’t enough, Crosby® made the bolt on the revolutionary G 2140E with a new wide grip handle that increases application and handling efficiency while also reducing the chance for hazardous pinch points or bolt coiling.

G-2140E Easy-Loc Video from Crosby®

https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=-apqPhFAdag?rel=0

Not needing to lift the Statue of Liberty today? Check out our whole selection of shackles and other rigging hardware to find exactly what you want, and to get it when you need it.

How to Install L Track Anchor Tie Down Points on your Truck or Trailer

Learn how to install 2″ L Track round anchor tie-down points. This installation job is pretty straightforward and shouldn’t take more than an hour or two when you have the right tools and proper instructions.

DIY Installation Video Below

Installing L-Track, or logistic track, on your truck or trailer gives you secure tie down points right where you need them. There are many other benefits to installing L track as a tie-down system, and there are also some key differences between L track and E track.

In the video below, we show you how to install 2″ L Track round anchor tie-down points. This installation job is pretty straightforward and shouldn’t take more than an hour or two when you have the right tools and proper instructions.

Tools Needed:

  • Cordless Drill with 1/4″ Drill Bit
  • Philips Screwdriver
  • 7/16 Wrench
  • Tape Measure
  • Sharpie Marker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICZ3mWkz7wM?rel=0

The 2″ Round Anchor Point Tie Down Kit comes with four sets of anchors, bolt plates, rings, and fasteners. In this video, we install two L track anchor points on a truck bed floor and two on the front wall. To install L track tie downs on a trailer, the required steps are essentially the same.

L Track Anchor Point Installation Steps:

  1. Use a tape measure to determine your install point. Place the anchor in the intended spot and mark both holes using the sharpie.
  2. Using a cordless drill with 1/4″ bit, drill through the truck bed to create the two installation holes.
  3. Place an anchor over the holes and insert two screws.
  4. From the underside of the truck, install a bolt plate through the two fasteners then add nuts and tighten with a wrench.
  5. Once your anchors are tightly secured, you can install the removable tie down ring. Grasp the base of the ring while pushing the center down with your thumb. Slide it into place over the anchor and release to lock it into place.

Tip: To install these L track anchor points in tight spots, like the front wall of a truck bed, it’s helpful to hold your wrench on the nuts while you tighten the screws from the other side with a screwdriver.

installing l track tie downs

More L Track Tips

Remember to release and remove your tie down rings if your hauling cargo that doesn’t require using your new tie down points. It doesn’t take long to remove and replace them, and it will help prevent unwanted damage.

If you’d rather have compact strips of aluminum L-track serve as the anchor for your removable tie-down rings, see our 6-piece 4-inch L Track Tie Down System that works great on enclosed trailer walls as well as truck bed floors and rails. The benefit of this system is that you can quickly and easily adjust where your anchor points sit along the 4-foot rails.

If you’re hauling motorcycles and want the ultimate hold on your bike with the versatility of L-track, check out the TrackStar L-track Motorcycle Chock that’s light and easy to handle but durable and reinforced with powder-coated tubular steel construction.

For all tie down rail options, see our Airline Track & L-Track Tie Down Rails page.

Types of Dollies for Moving

Investing in a quality dolly gives you years of relief from moving stress and struggle. So let’s get rolling with the types of dollies we offer, and the differences between them.

Carpeted Dolly vs. Rubber Cap Dolly vs. H-Dolly vs. Snap-Loc Dolly

Rising temperatures tell us that moving season is right around the corner and backs everywhere are already starting to hurt. Moving heavy furniture and bulky appliances is certainly no easy task, so why not make it as easy as possible on yourself by using a heavy-duty moving dolly to lessen the load?

Even if you aren’t a professional mover or planning a move anytime soon, moving dollies are a handy and back-saving tool to have around for all types of jobs. Getting a new loveseat, pool table, or washing machine? A dolly makes removing the old and bringing in the new a whole lot easier. Or maybe you’re just rearranging furniture or storage boxes to get some spring cleaning done.

using moving dollies

Investing in a quality dolly gives you years of relief from moving stress and struggle. So let’s get rolling with the types of dollies we offer, and the differences between them.

Overview of Differences Between Dollies

Here’s a quick look at the key physical differences between the dollies we sell.

differences between types of moving dollies

H-Dolly Mover Grade

moving dolly high quality

With its heavy-duty design, thick rubber tread deck, and non-marking wheels, this H-Dolly is our most popular dolly. It holds up to 1,000 pounds and weighs just under 20 pounds. Great for all types of appliances and bulky items.

Carpeted Dolly

This type of dolly is our most economical choice. It has two raised carpeted ends that provide scuff and scratch protection for walls and doorways. This standard 20-pound carpeted dolly also has a handy cut-out that makes it easy to carry.

Rubber Cap Dolly

Moving heavy furniture is a breeze with this swiveling rubber end cap dolly that has a 1,000 pound load capacity and thick rubber ends. The non-marking double ball bearing wheels are safe to use on carpet, hardwood, vinyl, or tile.

Snap-Loc Heavy-Duty Moving Dolly

heavy duty moving dolly lasts longer snap loc features

Say hello to the Cadillac of moving dollies. Not only is this rugged dolly reinforced with a heavy-duty steel frame and high-density polyethylene molded body, but it’s also resistant to oil, grease, and other chemicals.

Perhaps the best feature of the Snap-Loc moving dolly is its ability to become joined to another Snap-Loc dolly using a connector strap. This gives you a larger working surface area for bigger objects. You can also connect E-Track straps to the dolly for extra hold on your cargo during transport.

Gear up for Moving Season

Looking for more cargo moving tools? Check out our selection of hand trucks. If you are moving this spring, don’t forget about moving blankets, floor protectors, and our complete moving kits.

How to Tell When It’s Time for New Rigging Gear

Whether you’re inspecting wire rope, chain slings, synthetic web slings, round slings, or any type of rigging hardware, here are the warning signs of potential rigging equipment failure.

rigging gear inspection checklist

Stay safe and compliant with these rigging gear inspection tips.

The best way to tell if it’s time to upgrade your rigging and lifting gear starts with regular inspections, ideally before and after each use. When you’re trying to get a job done, it’s easy to fall out of the habit of inspecting your gear. But, compared to the alternatives options of either failing an official inspection or having your gear fail while in use, regular rigging gear inspection is well worth it.

So, whether you’re using wire rope, chain slings, synthetic web slings, round slings, or any type of rigging hardware, here are the warning signs to look for when inspecting your rigging gear.

Wire Rope Inspection

inspection checklist for wire rope

Wire rope is often combined with wire rope clips and thimbles and also used in wire rope slings that are great for a variety of lifts. It’s also commonly used on specialty vehicles, like tow trucks, as a winch line. Between load stress, environmental conditions, and abrasion, there are many factors that can shorten the life of wire rope.

Regularly inspect your wire rope and discard it if any of the following is evident:

  • Excessive broken wire
  • Distortion or kinking
  • Severe corrosion
  • Shiny worn spots on the outside of the rope
  • A one-third reduction in the outer wire diameter
  • Damaged or displaced hooks, link, rings, or other end fittings

Chain Sling Inspection

inspection checklist for chain slings

Yes, even the strongest chain slings, like a mighty grade 120 chain sling, can become overly stressed and eventually unsafe to continue using. Heat, chemicals, and heavy loads all take a toll on a chain slings longevity.

If you notice any of the following on your chain slings, cut them up into 3′ to 4′ lengths (to prevent salvaging) and then recycle them:

  • Stretched or overly-elongated links
  • Kinks or binding
  • Nicks or gouges in links

Synthetic Web Sling Inspection

inspection checklist for synthetic web slings

The softness and flexibility of polyester and nylon lifting slings make them great for lifting fragile or expensive cargo. But just because they’re lifting delicately, doesn’t mean that can’t become worn out and dangerous to use.

Discontinue use and cut the sling into 3′ to 4′ lengths (and cut the eye) if you notice any of the following:

  • Snags, tears, or cuts
  • Melting or charring of any surface area
  • Acid or caustic burns
  • Broken or worn stitching
  • Elongation that exceeds manufacturer’s recommendation
  • Distortion of any fittings

Polyester Round Sling Inspection

inspection checklist for polyester round slings

Round slings are a versatile, strong, and cost-efficient tool for lifting a variety of cargo types. Polyester round slings contain a continuous loop of polyester yarn inside and a durable polyester fabric on the outside that is usually color-coded by lifting capacity.

While round slings are able to handle large loads, even the smallest rip, cut, or tear is enough to make it unsafe for use. If you notice these issues during inspection, cut the sling in half to retire it from service:

  • Exposure of the yarn core or broken or damaged yarn
  • Heat damage
  • Discolored, brittle, or stiff areas
  • Acid or caustic burns

Rigging Hardware Inspection

inspection checklist for rigging hardware

Common pieces of rigging hardware used for lifts include: shackles, turnbuckles, hooks, links and swivels, rings, wire rope clips, and thimbles. The integrity of these smaller items is vital to rigging safety.

Prior to using rigging hardware, visually inspect each piece and discontinue use if you notice the following:

  • Excessive nicks, gouges, or corrosion
  • Bent, twisted, elongated, or cracked load-bearing components
  • Reduction in original dimension by 10% or more
  • Indication of heat damage
  • Missing or illegible load rating information

Purchase Smart, Use With Confidence

If any of the above signs are evident during your routine inspection, it’s likely time to replace your rigging gear. Similar to knowing your rigging inspection checklist, it’s helpful to learn what to look for when buying rigging and lifting gear so you can always ensure that you’re using the best equipment for the job, and enjoy years of safe use.

For official rigging equipment inspection requirements see OSHA section 1926.251.