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.

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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.

New Product Alert: Rollup Ratchet

This self-contained ratchet strap is your solution to loose strap ends

rollup ratchet straps for safe cargo transport

A common problem for ratchet strap users is figuring out what to do with all the excess strap webbing once the straps are secure. And storing ratchet straps in a neat and organized way can be equally as difficult.

But the problem is bigger than just tangled straps and the annoyance of hearing strap ends flapping in the wind as they become prematurely worn down. Loose ratchet strap tails pose a serious danger to everyone on the road as they can get caught under tires and quickly cause an accident.

There have been many interesting attempts to solve the ratchet strap loose end problem including tying the ends into complicated knots, duct taping or zip-tying them, and even closing strap ends in the door of a vehicle.

wrong way to deal with excess strap webbing
Stop knotting up excess strap webbing

But none of these temporary fixes have the same intelligent design or long-term efficiency as USCC’s patented Rollup Ratchet – the best solution to ratchet strap loose ends.

How to Use Self-Contained Ratchet Straps

  1. Feed your strap through the ratchet mandrill just as you would with any ratchet.
  2. Ratchet your cargo down until secure, then feed the excess webbing tail through the patented spindle slot.
  3. Spin the attached knob to neatly roll up all the loose webbing. Twist the knob towards you to lock in place.

Why Buy Rollup Ratchet?

The Rollup Ratchet is the best self-contained ratchet strap available today.

1. Quality Construction

Our Rollup Ratchet is professionally manufactured and designed to meet or exceed all DOT & CVSA regulations. The neon yellow polyester webbing is easy to spot and is abrasion and UV resistant.

2. Added Safety Factor

Our patented rolling spindle and sturdy ratchet assembly give you peace of mind knowing your straps aren’t going near other vehicle’s tires or getting worn down from flapping in the wind as you go down the roadway.

3. 100-Day Guarantee

Buy with confidence. If for any reason you aren’t totally satisfied with the Rollup Ratchet, you can return it for a refund.

Rollup Ratchet Strap Options

US Cargo Control has both 1-inch and 2-inch self contained ratchet straps in various lengths and three different end fitting options.

1-Inch Roll Up Ratchet Straps

1-inch wide self-contained straps are great for securing light cargo and are commonly used in pickup truck beds, small trailers, and cargo racks.

These 1-inch straps are available in two different lengths: 10-foot and 16-foot. Both come with vinyl-coated S-hooks on each end and have a working load limit of 833 pounds. Perfect for hauling ATVs, dirt bikes, lawnmowers, and more.

1 inch self contained ratchet strap
1″ Rollup Ratchet w/ S-Hooks

2-Inch Roll Up Ratchet Straps

With higher working load limit, longer strap lengths, and different end-fittings, 2-inch self-contained straps provide you with more options when it comes to what you can haul and how you haul it.

2 inch self contained ratchet strap
Rollup Ratchet w/ Flat Hooks
best self contained ratchet strap
Rollup Ratchet w/ Wire Hooks

Our 2-inch straps are available with 18-foot webbing and 27-foot webbing. Both lengths can be purchased with either flat hook end fittings or double j-hook (wire hook) end fittings. With a 3,333-pound working load limit, these straps can safely secure some serious cargo and you’ll never have to worry about excess strap webbing getting in the way of your haul.

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Differences Between Winch Bars: Standard, Combination, & Ergo 360

This post will help you understand the options you have when it comes to buying winch bars and help you decide which type you should add to your collection of flatbed gear.

Which type of flatbed winch bar is best for you?

If your truck has winch straps, a winch bar is an invaluable tool you can’t go without. With a bit of muscle, winch bars give you the necessary leverage needed to securely tie your loads down and easily release them when it’s time to unload. Some winch bars can even release lever binders.

With all the different winch bar options available today, how do you know which type is the smartest choice for you? This post will help you understand the options you have when it comes to buying winch bars and help you decide which type you should add to your collection of flatbed gear.

Standard Winch Bars

Standard winch bars are the obvious choice for someone who only uses synthetic web winches. These straightforward bars have a standard mushroom tip that slides right into all standard web winches. They also have a knurled handle for non-slip grip.

US Cargo Control sells standard winch bars with a black paint finish or a chrome finish. Chrome provides a bit of rust resistance and many prefer the look of chrome over the black.

Combination Winch Bars

Combination winch bars, or combo bars, take it a step further with their ability to not only tighten and release synthetic winch straps but also release lever chain binders.

There are two styles of combination winch bars: standard combination bars and square head combination bars. The square head provides an added safety factor, as the tension on lever binders can create some serious kickback. Unlike standard combination winch bars with a hollow end that slides over the lever, square head winch bars have a slight pivot point that reduces the potential force if your bar were to recoil back at you.

No matter what type of bar you have, always try to stand to one side of the winch bar when you are releasing tension on a lever binder.

Ergo Winch Bars

If you’re looking for a winch bar that’s easy on your back and neck, the Ergo 360 winch bar is a perfect choice. It’s available in the same three styles (standard, combo, and combo with square head) but its unique bent shape means the bar handle and tip stay parallel to each other for maximum leverage. And unlike any other winch bar, Ergo bars can rotate 360-degrees so you won’t have to use low (and uncomfortable) angles when tightening the winch straps.

If that’s not enough for you, the Ergo bar is also heat treated for added strength and durability.

More Flatbed Winch Accessories

Ratcheting Winch Cap

Want even more convenience? Ratcheting winch bars are a popular way to tighten winch straps because they allow you to continuously tighten without removing the bar from the winch cap. This saves you both time and energy.

Now, with our universal ratcheting winch cap, you can easily turn any winch bar into a ratcheting winch bar.

ratcheting winch cap for fast securement

This weather-tight cap fits on weld-on winches, bolt-on winches, and slide-on winches, so you can’t go wrong with it. Simply slide the ratcheting winch cap onto the standard winch cap, spin it in place, and secure with the provided bolt.

Strap Winder

Tired of wasting time winding up straps only to make a mess of it? Attach a strap winder to the side rails on your flatbed so you can keep your excess winch strap neat and secure. Adam shows how it works in the video below.

How to Pull a Car Out of Snow Using a Recovery Strap

Recovery straps can be used all year long, but they’re especially handy in the winter months when roadsides become flooded with spun-out vehicles.

Recovery straps can be used all year long, but they’re especially handy in the winter months when roadsides become flooded with spun-out vehicles.

how to pull a car out of snow
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The best way to get a car out of snow quickly (without the cost of a professional tow truck) is by rigging a recovery strap to a tow hook or recovery point on the vehicle and slowly dragging it out. Between the type of vehicle, weather conditions, and distance from the roadway, there are many variables that make each vehicle recovery situation different.

Use the steps below as a general guideline for how to pull a car out of the snow, but know your limits and never push the capabilities of your vehicle or yourself.

 

1. Make yourself visible to others

If you’re recovering a vehicle that’s near a roadway, take precaution seriously. Having your hazards on is a good start, but you should also have some type of hi-vis clothing to protect yourself. Consider getting reflective safety triangles to help warn drivers of your presence as they’re approaching the recovery scene.

emergency warning triangles

 

2. Make the recovery as easy as possible

If the car that’s stuck in the snow is really buried in, you might want to spend some time shoveling snow away from the tires and from underneath the car. Putting sand or kitty litter under the tires will also help ease the strain on the recovery strap and make the pull a whole lot easier. If you have them, applying tire chains will add even more traction.

2. Secure the strap to the recovery vehicle

First, make sure the recovery strap you’re using is rated high enough. A good rule of thumb is for the vehicle weight to be half the break strength of the recovery strap.

Next, attach the recovery strap to the rear of the towing vehicle, somewhere with plenty of structural support like a trailer hitch with steel loops for mounting a hook with a safety clip or a shackle. Anchor shackles are one of the best and safest ways to secure a recovery strap. Refer to your vehicle’s owners manual for guidance on safe recovery strap rigging.

Never attach the strap to a trailer hitch ball. This can cause bending and breaking that could result in serious injury.

3. Secure the strap to the stuck vehicle

This is where it can get tricky. If you’re lucky enough to be pulling a vehicle with clearly visible tow hooks, secure the recovery strap to those. Many smaller vehicles and newer model cars don’t have the best tow hooks, or they are often hidden.

Before resorting to hooking onto the frame, check the front bumper for a small square section of the plastic that’s removable. Many newer vehicles have removable tow hooks that are stored with the car jack.

hidden tow hook location on cars

Never attach a recovery strap to the bumper, axle, suspension, or steering rods.

If possible, lay a tarp or some jackets on top of the recovery strap to slow the recoil of the strap if it were to break.

4. Reduce slack then pull slowly

Once the recovery strap is safely secured, the recovery vehicle should slowly pull forward to reduce strap slack and prevent snapping. Then, with drivers in both vehicles and no people near the strap, the recovery vehicle can start accelerating slowly and gradually. The vehicle being recovered should be in gear and once they’re moving the driver should apply some gas and steer the vehicle out.

5. Inspect equipment and get home safe

Once the car is pulled out of the snow and back on drivable land, inspect your recovery strap and all hardware before heading home. Clean the strap when you get home and store it in a dry and cool place.

Why you need to use recovery straps

Make sure to use recovery straps for stuck vehicles and not tow straps. Recovery straps are designed to have more stretch than tow straps and this helps prevent the strap from snapping when the vehicle is being tugged on. Recovery straps also provide a more controlled pull compared the tow straps. Without getting too scientific, the stored kinetic energy from the strap stretches then recoils back to its natural length to provide control and prevent the strap from snapping.

Learn more about the differences between recovery straps and tow straps.

 

Best Recovery Straps

2 inch recovery strap yellow
2″ x 20′ Recovery Strap
8 inch heavy duty recovery strap with cordura
8″ x 30′ Heavy Duty Recovery Strap
3 inch recovery strap 2-ply
3″ x 20′ Recovery Strap 2-Ply

 

 

Polyester Slings vs Nylon Slings: Which Web Sling Type is Better?

Are polyester lifting slings better than nylon lifting slings? This is a question our lifting and rigging product experts commonly get and the answer, as it often is with rigging gear, is that it depends on the job at hand.

Before we dive into the key differences between nylon slings and polyester slings, there are many similar advantages to these two types of synthetic slings that are important to know.

Advantages of Synthetic Webbing

1. Ideal for delicate loads

One of the most common reasons for a rigger to use synthetic slings instead of wire rope slings or chain slings is th fact that they won’t scratch or crush your load. That’s why synthetic slings are extremely popular in the construction industry and with ship haulers.

2. Cost-efficient

Synthetic slings are also an attractive choice due to their lower cost. If you’re wondering whether nylon slings are cheaper than polyester slings, don’t. The prices are more or less the same, and your focus should be on choosing the right sling for the job.

3. Lightweight

Compared to wire rope and chain, synthetic slings are much lighter, making them easier to transport and handle. Again, nylon is typically a little heavier than polyester, but it’s not much of a difference when you consider the weight of chain and wire rope.

4. Strong

It’s true that nylon is stronger on an individual fiber level, but a polyester sling can be made just as strong as a nylon one by adding more threading. And both types can easily lift several thousand pounds. So while it’s important to use a lifting sling that’s rated for the load your lifting, this won’t affect your choice between nylon and polyester.

Physical Differences

Now that you know how they’re similar, let’s look at the differences between the physical characteristics of nylon and polyester to determine which material type is best for your job.

Nylon has more stretch

This is one the most important differences between nylon slings and polyester slings. While nylon slings have more give to them (about 7 to 10 percent stretch when at WLL) that does not mean they are weaker than polyester (typically 2 to 3 percent stretch at WLL). The main reasons you would want more or less stretch when lifting a load include overheight lifting room and the potential for “snapback”.

If you have height limitations, polyester is probably the better choice. If your load could bounce around a lot, the extra stretch of nylon will reduce the danger of the strap snapping back at you or others. This difference in the stretch is why you typically see recovery straps made of nylon and tow straps made of polyester.

Polyester is softer and more flexible

Both nylon and polyester slings are good for delicate loads, but if you’re wondering which one is best for the most delicate loads, it’s polyester. The chemical coating on nylon webbing gives it a slightly more coarse texture.

Polyester is also a bit more flexible than nylon. By flexible, I’m not talking about stretch but rather the ability to wrap tightly around a load and grip the most surface area.

This is an important difference, especially when choosing between nylon endless slings and polyester endless slings.

nylon round endless lifting sling
Nylon Endless Sling
polyester round endless sling
Polyester Endless Sling

Environmental Differences

Another key question to ask when choosing between nylon slings and polyester slings is, what are the environmental conditions? There’s a reason why ship haulers and those in marine environments prefer polyester slings, they absorb less water and are just a bit more resistant to UV rays. But, you also need to consider the differences when it comes to chemical resistance.

Nylon slings can’t resist acids or bleaches

Avoid using nylon slings if you’re operating anywhere near sulfuric, nitric, hydrochloric, or phosphoric acids. Nylon is also unresistant to oxidizing bleach agents such as sodium hypochlorite, hydrogen peroxide, sodium percarbonate, and calcium hypochlorite.

Polyester slings can’t resist ethers or alkalis

On the other hand, polyesters Achilles heel is ethers and alkalis. Among other chemicals, this includes diethyl ether, dimethyl ether, sodium hydroxide, potassium hydroxide, calcium hydroxide, calcium carbonate, and magnesium hydroxide.

Polyester Slings

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Conclusion

In short, synthetic lifting slings are a great choice due to their ability to handle delicate loads, lower cost, lightness, and impressive strength. In the polyester sling vs nylon sling matchup, the winner is whichever one meets the demands of your specific job best.

Nylon slings have more stretch but can’t be used near acids or bleaches. Polyester slings are softer and hug to load surfaces better but can’t be used near ethers or alkalis.

If you have any additional questions about nylon slings or polyester slings, give our rigging product experts a call at 800-404-7068.