US Cargo Control is Headed to NATE UNITE 2018

The NATE Association

US Cargo Control is a proud member of the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE). NATE is a non-profit trade association that provides members with uniform safety standards, improved communications, and a unified voice for tower erection, service and maintenance companies.

For over 20 years, NATE has been recognized as the industry leader in promoting safety, standards, education and uniform practices and procedures.

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Next week, Nashville, TN, is hosting NATE UNITE 2018, and our very own Lacy, Alex and David are very excited to be attending this annual event. These three are all members of US Cargo Control’s dedicated Rigging & Lifting team, meaning they are product experts within this specialized industry.

Along with educational sessions led by industry experts discussing current relevant topics, there is also an exhibition component where attendees get to meet other professionals within the telecommunications industry and see what new products are available.

The US Cargo Control team will be exhibiting at booth #437. Among the new products we’ll have on hand are Crosby, Van Beest, and Chicago Hardware shackles; cargo and lifting nets; a variety of slings; as well as custom options for lifting and rigging supplies.

Our team knows that NATE puts on a great annual event that never disappoints. From the educational sessions to the networking events, NATE does a great job of getting everyone involved. “One thing I have noticed about NATE and the telecom industry is the people and the passion they have for what they are doing,” says Lacy. We find that truly inspiring.

David, Alex and Lacy are most looking forward to spending time with our current customers, and they can’t wait to meet new people and spread that word about what US Cargo Control can do for their company. From the networking to the learning and beyond, US Cargo Control is very proud to be a NATE member, and a part of #NATEUNITE2018!

Please stop by and meet David, Alex and Lacy if you are attending this wonderful event.

New Products: Van Beest Green Pin® Shackles and Turnbuckles

Van Beest Green Pin® Product Additions

US Cargo Control has made a number of additions to their website with two types of Van Beest Green Pin® products: turnbuckles and shackles. These Van Beest Green Pin® products fall under a price point that is very affordable, while maintaining high-quality standards.

Van Beest is a leading manufacturer of high-quality fittings for lifting chain and steel wire rope. The Green Pin® brand has earned a reputation as an industry leader in design and premium quality standards, and is compliant within a wide range of nationally- and internationally-recognized standards.

Van Beest Green Pin® Jaw and Jaw Turnbuckle
Van Beest Green Pin® Jaw and Jaw Turnbuckle

Green Pin® Turnbuckles

Turnbuckles are used for rigging or tensioning wires, ropes, rods, etc., typically within industries such as oil and gas, construction, shipping, mining and fishing. They are optimally designed for in-line rigging, tensioning or lashing. All Van Beest turnbuckles offered by US Cargo Control are intended for straight or in-line use only.

The Van Beest Green Pin® turnbuckles US Cargo Control carries includes galvanized jaw & jaw, galvanized jaw & eye, and galvanized eye & eye. All are drop forged high tensile steel SAE 1035 or 1045 and hot dipped galvanized. These turnbuckles range in size from 3/8” to 2-3/4” diameters, and lengths from 6” to 24”.

Green Pin® Shackles

Van Beest Green Pin® Bolt Type Anchor Shackle
Van Beest Green Pin® Bolt Type Anchor Shackle

Shackles are a tool used in lifting operations and stationary applications as removable links to connect rope, wire rope, chain, lifting slings and other fittings. They come in a variety of sizes, styles and types for use in many different applications. Green Pin® shackles are made in Holland to exacting specifications.

Our Van Beest Green Pin® shackle line was recently expanded to include eight types of shackles, totaling 121 items offered. We carry a variety of wide mouth tow shackles, wide body sling shackles, bolt type shackles, screw pin shackles.

Choosing the right parts and fittings for your application can be a daunting task. Our sales specialists are always happy to help consult with any questions you may have. Give us a call at 866-444-9990.

New Product Alert: Grade 100 Chain Slings

US Cargo Control has launched a new manufacturing capability with the introduction of KWB Grade 100 signal violet chain slings to their product line. KWB, a Pewag company, is known for their high-quality chain and fittings, while Pewag is a leader in the chain manufacturing industry, known for their innovation and high-quality products.

Chain slings are a powerful tool in heavy-duty overhead lifting applications. They also perform well in situations where excessive heat is an issue, or environmental issues (like chemicals) may be present.

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4-Leg Grade 100 chain sling

US Cargo Control offers chain slings that are custom-made on-site with Grade 100 alloy chain and fittings. Our Grade 100 chain and fittings are manufactured by KWB, a Pewag company, in a high-visibility signal violet color that is easily identifiable in the field. High-quality and European-made, all KWB products exceed U.S. standards of NACM, ASTM and OSHA. Every link of chain is proof load tested to 2.5 times the WLL.

Grade 100 offers a 25% higher load capacity than G80, with smaller chain dimensions, considerable weight reduction and easier handling.

Types of Chain Slings

Chain slings come in single leg, 2-leg, 3-leg and 4-leg configurations. Each assembly can be tailored by number of legs, chain dimension, type of hook, and chain length. Assemblies are made in the USA with direct oversight provided. Every component offers traceability with appropriate markings.

Adjustable chain slings are also available. These slings are manufactured with shortening hooks on the master link that allow the legs to be shortened without a reduction in load capacity (WLL) due to 4-fold safety.

The signal violet color slightly varies between the chain and the fittings due to the thick powder coating the components have, versus the spray painted coating of the chain.

Eric Japenga

When choosing a sling for your application, US Cargo Control Sales Specialist Eric Japenga suggests starting with determining the amount of weight your lift will cover. After you know your load’s weight you can identify how many legs you’ll need, then the diameter of the chain.

Japenga says with lower-weight lifts that do not require much stability, a one-legged sling should do the job. Add another leg to handle more weight. For the heaviest lifts, a three-legged sling offers the highest working load limit (WLL). You can add a 4th leg that will add stability, although it will not increase the WLL above the 3-legged sling.

Adding Fittings to Your Chain Sling

When it comes to choosing the type of hook for your sling, Pewag offers the following guidelines:

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KWB Clevis Sling Hook
  • Grab hooks are typically used in choke applications
  • Clevis hooks do not require a connector hook, and are their most popular style
  • Sling hook with latches offer an added safety feature and are OSHA compliant
  • Eye hooks need a connecting link and can also be used with wire or synthetic rope
  • Self-locking hooks offer greater safety than latch hooks because these latches must be released manually
  • Swivel hooks are versatile and do not swivel under load
  • Foundry hooks are used when you need a larger mouth opening, however it should be noted that before using this type of hook, check whether hooks without safety latches are allowed for your application

When ordering your chain sling, if you require a proof testing certificate, you must request one at the time of order, and a nominal fee will be charged.

US Cargo Control is the exclusive carrier in the continental United States for KWB signal violet chain in the 9/32” to ½” sizes, making this not only a quality product, but a unique one as well. In addition to our exclusive KWB chain sizes, we also offer Grade 100 signal violet chain in 3/4” and 5/8” sizes.

Give us a call with any questions or to place an order, 800-660-3585.

What is a Snatch Block?

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Lisa Mathews, US Cargo Control Sales & Service Specialist

A common question we hear is what is the difference between a snatch block and other types of blocks and pulleys?

All of the items we sell in the Snatch Blocks & Wire Rope Pulleys category can be called blocks or wire rope pulleys, but snatch block refers to a particular type of block. A snatch block has a side plate sometimes called a cheek plate, that can be opened for easy insertion of cable without having to remove the load or fittings from the end of the wire. The process of inserting a line into a block is called reeving.

Snatch blocks are often used in applications to move loads over short distances, as opposed to long lifts and continuous service.  They are called snatch blocks because they are often used in conjunction with a winch in a recovery application, and can improve the functionality of a winch by increasing its pull power. It also allows you to change the direction of your winch’s cable when the anchor point is offset.21009-4190-snatch-block-w-shackle-3-8-wire-x-3-sheave_1_375

With so many different styles and weight and size safety guidelines, it’s important to know what to look for when choosing a snatch block for the job. Important safety factors to keep in mind:

  • Check the Work Load Limit (WLL) of the snatch block as well as the wire rope. If the WLL of the wire is not compatible with the WLL of the pulley, it can be extremely dangerous should either fail.
  • Coordinate the size of the sheave in the snatch block to the diameter of the wire rope. If the wire rope is too large for the sheave, it can crack the block when under pressure. Generally, the wire rope-to-sheave size ratio should be 12:1 in order to hold the wire properly while under load.
  • Know your numbers. Because a snatch block can cut the direct pull load in half, choose a rigging pulley that has a rating of double the pull of the winch you’ll be using with it.

Choosing the right block and all the equipment to go along with it can be confusing. If you have any questions about using snatch blocks, choosing wire rope blocks, working load limits, etc., contact me or any one of our sales specialists at 800-660-3585. We’ll be happy to help.

-Lisa 

 

 

Sales Team Q&A: Guy Wire

Our latest Q&A responds to common questions the US Cargo Control sales team answers about rigging, specifically guy wire and its components. Guywire

Why is it called guy wire? 

Guy is defined as a rope, cord or cable used to steady, guide or secure something.  Guy wire is used to stabilize and secure antenna and utility towers.  The structure stays in place when the wire is attached to the tower and then anchored to the ground, creating a diagonal line. The tension from the cable and angle of securement stabilizes the tower, helping it withstand weight and wind.

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Galvanized Guy Strand 1×7 and 1×19

 

What’s the difference between drop forged, malleable and precision cast in wire rope clips?

Drop forged wire rope clips are made for heavy duty jobs and are great as guy wire clamps. The drop forged steel coating provides extra strength and protection from the elements. However, these clips are not meant for overhead lifting.  They meet federal specifications FF-T0276b. Type III.

Precision cast wire rope clips are made of marine grade stainless steel and are typically used for water work. They are resistant to the salt in sea-water and materials used to de-ice. Their resistance to corrosion makes them ideal for harsh elements. These clips meet FED.SPEC.FF-C-450D.

Malleable wire rope clips are a softer clip typically used for light-duty work. They are often used to clamp the loose end of wire rope after forming an eye.

How is a shoulder eye bolt different from a regular eye bolt? 

Shoulder eye bolts and regular eye bolts differ in their intended uses for rigging. A regular eye bolt can be used for many different jobs, but for rigging, it should only be the tool of choice for vertical techniques. However, shouldered eye bolts can be used for angular jobs. The shoulder helps protect the shank from bending.  Keep in mind, angle loading reduces the bolt’s rating.

Questions

If you have questions, be sure to contact the US Cargo Control sales team at 800-866-3585. People can also email TowerProducts@USCargoControl.com.

 

Why is it Called Guy Wire?

Guy wire is used to stabilize and secure free-standing structures. It is commonly used by professional tower erecting companies to install towers in the antenna, communications and utility industries. KBRC_antenna_tower_guy_wires

The Guy Wire Name

Guy wire has many names. It is also known as guyed wire, guy cable, guy strand, and guy anchors. People also (mistakenly) call it guide wire. The name guy wire is derived from the term guy: defined as a rope, cord or cable used to steady, guide, or secure something.

Galvanized Guy Strand 1x7 and 1x19
Galvanized Guy Strand 1×7 and 1×19

Guy Wire Description  

Guy wire is a tensioned cable that is both lightweight and strong. US Cargo Control extra high strength (EHS) guy wire meets ASTM A475, and is available in two types: 1×7 and 1×19, in several sizes. The galvanized finish protects it from outdoor elements. Guy wire is designed to work with several fittings and components making it ideal for many different uses.

Guy Wire Hardware   

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Big Grip Dead Ends for Galvanized Strand

Big grip dead ends, also knowns as preforms, are used for high tensioning, often for antenna, communications, and transmission towers.

End sleeves, also known as ice clips, are needed when using big grip dead ends. They are used to prevent unraveling.

End Sleeve Ice Clips for Big Grip Dead Ends
End Sleeve Ice Clips for Big Grip Dead Ends

Drop forged wire rope clips are used to clamp the loose end of wire rope after forming an eye.

Shackles are used for connecting wire rope, chains, and slings. Bolt-type anchor shackles are often used in projects involving guy wire.

Thimbles are used to protect the eye or loop of wire rope.

Turnbuckles are a tool used to pull together or push apart guy anchors.

Guy Wire Installation

Guy wire installation is not a do-it-yourself job. It should only be done by experienced, trained professionals. Custom sizing and pricing are available for contractors and other large-volume customers. People with questions should call the US Cargo Control sales team at 800-660-3585 or email TowerProducts@USCargoControl.com.

What are the Differences Between Types of Shackles?

Shackles are manufactured in a wide variety of types, styles, sizes, and fabrications, and with so many different options available, choosing the right shackle for the job can be confusing.

We’ve outlined some of the basic differences between the most common types of shackles. If you have any questions, contact one of our rigging product specialists on our sales team at 800-660-3585.


Anchor shackle/bow shackle vs.chain shackle/D-shackle

Anchor shackle
Anchor shackle

Bow shackles and anchor shackles are terms that are often used interchangeably, as both names refer to a shackle with a larger, rounded “O” shape look. However, a bow shackle typically has a larger, more defined bow area than an anchor shackle. The rounded design of anchor shackles and bow shackles allows them to take loads from many directions without developing significant sideload. The larger loop shape of an anchor shackle or bow shackle does reduce its overall strength, but it is also able to handle a larger strap.

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Chain shackle

Chain shackles are also known as D-shackles. Both refer to the “D” shape design. A D-shackle is narrower than a bow or anchor shackle and generally has a threaded pin or pin close. The smaller loop is designed to take high loads primarily in line. Side and racking loads may twist or bend a D or chain shackle.

Both types of shackles are generally always available in galvanized metal and stainless steel, and all come with different pin options as well.

Stainless steel vs. galvanized 

Both stainless steel and galvanized metal offer excellent protection from rust and corrosion, making either a good choice.

In general, galvanized shackles are ideal for industrial applications where moisture is not a major issue. Galvanized steel has a thin coating of zinc oxide to protect the steel from elements that lead to corrosion and oxidation. Galvanized is also a great value as it tends to be less expensive than stainless steel, but still maintains the shackle’s strength and durability.

Stainless steel shackles are more corrosive-resistant and, are therefore ideal for marine applications. Our stainless steel shackles are made of type 316 stainless steel, which is considered “marine grade.” Type 316 marine grade stainless steel contains molybdenum, which makes it resistant to ocean water mist or spray, so it’s especially useful in extreme conditions or moisture or in a high chloride environment. Type 316 stainless D shackle equipment is ideal for sailing and yacht rigging uses.

Snap shackles

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Swivel Eye Snap Shackle

A snap shackle is designed with a spring-activated mechanism so it can be used quickly and with one hand. These are excellent for jobs where speed is important, or when it needs to be repeatedly connected/disconnected. Because they generally have lower working load limits than comparable bolt type or pin-type shackles, snap shackles are not recommended for heavy-duty applications. We offer four main types, all in Type 316 stainless steel: Swivel Eye, Swivel Jaw, Fixed Snap, and Rope Snap.

Pin options

The pin that locks a shackle can be a deciding factor on which will work best for your job. Pin styles range include loose pins, captive pins, round pins, screw pins, and bolt-type pins. Screw pin shackles are popular because they offer a pin that is easy to connect and disconnect. Captive pin shackles offer a pin that cannot be removed from the bow of the shackle which is essential in various marine applications. Captive pins are also particularly popular for marine uses because they can’t be accidentally dropped in the water. Bolt-type shackles secure with a bolt/nut/cotter pin combination and is popular for more heavy-duty securement.

Shop our full selection from our website:

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Why use a wire rope thimble?

Wire_rope_with_thimble_and_ferruleAnytime a wire rope is bent so it can be attached to a hanging point, there is a risk that the eye could be crushed. The addition of a wire rope thimble to the eye protects the rope by guiding it into a natural curve and creating an extra layer of support.

Adding this protection not only provides a measure of safety, it also lengthens the working life of the wire rope. Wire rope thimbles are available in a range of strengths and materials:

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Standard/light duty zinc plated thimble

Standard/Light Duty. Our line of standard to light duty thimbles are zinc plated and available in multi-packs.

Heavy Duty. Heavy duty wire rope thimbles are also zinc plated like standard or light duty thimbles, but are hot dip galvanized, which creates a thicker coating than on standard/light duty models.

Type 304. A type 304 indication mean the thimble is manufactured in stainless steel which offers resistance to corrosion on the surface.

Regular/Light Duty 316. Standard/light duty thimbles are sold in multi-packs, but offer a 316 stainless steel material to make them resistant to high moisture or corrosive environments, particularly in marine applications.

Heavy Duty 316. A corrosion-resistant 316 stainless steel combines with heavy duty design, great for tough applications in marine environments.

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Heavy duty Type 304 stainless steel thimble

Heavy Duty 304. Stainless steel offers corrosion resistance, ideal for general heavy duty uses where the thimble will be exposed to outdoor elements.

Extra Heavy Duty 304. While not as corrosion-resistant as type 316 stainless steel, these extra heavy duty stainless steel wire rope thimbles offer the highest strength.

To shop from our full selection of wire rope thimbles,  shackles, turnbuckles, and more, check out our Rigging Supplies & Rigging Hardware category.

 

Forged or Cast? What’s the Difference in Rigging Supplies?

With metal components in our rigging supplies category, you’ll often see the word “forged” or “cast,” but do you know the differences between these two methods of metal working?

Cast Metal

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Precision Cast Stainless Steel Shoulder Bolt

Casting is a technique where the metal is heated until it’s molten- or liquefied- by the head. Once in this liquid or molten state, it’s poured into a mold which will create the desired shape. After the metal cools it’s removed from the mold. The process can be compared to pouring water in a liquid state and becoming an ice cube after cooling in a freezer.

 

 

 

Forged Metal

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Galvanized Drop Forged Wire Rope Clip

Like casting, hot forging metal involves heating the metal to extreme temperatures. But rather than becoming molten or liquefied, the metal remains solid yet pliable enough to be formed into the desired shape. Cold forging is a similar process, but occurs at or near room temperature and generally utilizes only standard or carbon alloy steels. Forging dates back to the blacksmithing, and is one of the oldest forms of metalworking.

 

Casting vs. Forging

Advantages of casting:

  • Ideal for pieces that are large, more intricate, or have a design that requires internal cavities.
  • Can be used with a wide range of alloy choices.
  • Allows for customization since additional alloys such as nickel or chrome, which can be added during the molten stage.
  • Can create a smooth or textured finished surface.

Advantages of forging:

  • Offers exceptional strength.
  • More uniform in structure and shape than cast or machined pieces.
  • Eliminates shrinking, tiny air pockets, and porosity because the grain flows of steel remain continuous throughout the piece.
  • Excellent at handling impact.

If you have any questions about the metalworking process of any of our rigging supplies and rigging hardware products, give us a call at 800-660-3585. Our knowledgeable sales team is always happy to help.

What is Stainless Steel?

*This is the fourth in a four-part series about steel used in rigging supplies and rigging hardware. Visit US Cargo Control to see our entire selection of rigging supplies & rigging hardware

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There are many different types of stainless steel, and it might be the most commonly known form of steel because even the name sounds strong and pure.  Stainless steel is a form of alloy steel but instead of being mixed with carbon, it is mixed with chromium – and in fact is usually even more than 10% chromium.  While there is some carbon in stainless steel, it is an extremely low percentage.

What sets stainless steel apart?

Stainless steel is known for being incredibly rust resistant, even more so than zinc-covered steel.  This type of resistance is inherent, so it won’t flake away like carbon steel can over time.  It has what can best be described as a “self-healing” surface.

Stainless steel classifications

There are many different classifications of stainless steel, and each one has different properties of note. The four major classifications of stainless steel include:

  • 200 Series Austenitic
  • 300 Series Austenitic
  • 400 Series Ferritic
  • 400 Series Martensitic

These four series aren’t just by themselves.  Each one has a variety of alloys.  The 200 series has five alloys, the 300 series has 15 alloys, the 400 series Ferritic has eight alloys, while the 400 series Martensitic also has eight alloys.

Stainless steel in rigging

The two main forms of stainless steel used for rigging are type 304 and 316, both from the 300 Series Austenitic.  These alloys are a chromium-nickel alloy of stainless steel that is known for its extremely high strength, resistance to corrosion, and for being non-magnetic.  The T304 offers excellent corrosion resistance so it’s a popular choice for rigging applications. However, the T316 is the preferred choice for coastal areas or when saltwater is involved.

Corrosion risks

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Galvanic corrosion

While stainless steel offers superior corrosion resistance over regular metals, there are situations where stainless steel can corrode despite its natural tendency not to.

Pitting. Corrosion from pitting is a localized form that can result from extended exposure to particular environment- specifically those that contain chlorides.

Crevice.  Another localized type of corrosion, this can occur if oxygen levels are low in a crevice area. This is most common in nuts, washers, screw threads, and bolt shanks.

Galvlanic. This type of stainless steel corrosion can happen when metals that have dissimilar properties come in contact within a common environment such as condensation, rain, etc. The extent of the corrosion will vary with a variety of factors (temperatures, surface areas, etc.).  To illustrate, a common example is with stainless steel and aluminum. Side by side in a dry environment, these metals will not react to each other. However, when side by and side and exposed to rain, corrosion will occur. A sealant or primer can be applied to keep the water from penetrating and interacting between the two surfaces.

Stress cracks. Corrosion based from stress cracking combines both specific environments and tensile stresses.

For more information on steel used in the rigging industry, see:

 

 

What Is Alloy Steel?

*This is the third in a four-part series about steel used in rigging supplies and rigging hardware.

Alloy steel refers to any steel that is combined with a variety of metals or minerals into alloys to make it stronger or better.  While technically all steel is an alloy, including carbon steel, when someone refers to alloy steel, they are referring to a very specific type of combination or process.  While the other metals or ingredients can vary from one blend to another, the most common element that is mixed with the steel is manganese.  This is a blend that is popular because of its ability to remain sturdy but also allows the steel to be worked, molded, and used for a variety of applications.

Is manganese the only blend used?

No.  When it comes to steel, chromium, for example, is the most common mixture that is used to make stainless steel.  Obviously, zinc is applied to steel in a variety of ways, and copper, titanium, and lead are just a few of the other common alloy elements that are used to both increase strength and to help fight the brittleness that many types of untreated steel display.

The actual properties of the steel alloys will vary greatly depending on what mixture is used.  Some may cause the steel to be much more malleable, others make it more resistant to saltwater and coastal environments, while other combinations may be going for pure strength.

So what’s the big difference between alloy steel and carbon steel?

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Drop forged carbon steel connecting link with zinc plating and alloy steel pins.

Both processes are used specifically to make steel both harder and stronger – the resulting durability is definitely a big plus.  However, the differences are:

  • Carbon steel must have additional protection against rust, whereas alloy steel can create steel that is resistant to rust and corrosion without any further help or galvanization.
  • Carbon steel is less expensive and is designed more with the percentage of carbon in mind and not so much for specific properties or use, whereas alloy blends are distinctly looked at to meet specific mechanical properties with an eye to practical use.
  • Carbon steel will also be more limited by its very nature, whereas a nearly endless series of combinations for creating a steel alloy means a wide range of specific applications can be met.

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Examining the 4 Types of Carbon Steel and  Why Add Zinc to Steel?

Why Add Zinc to Steel?

*This is the second in a four-part series about steel used in rigging supplies and rigging hardware.

Details_of_rigAs explained in the previous post about carbon steel, there are four main types, and two of those involve a layer to add zinc to steel. These two types are hot galvanized dipped and zinc plated. Both of these styles are extremely popular, and it’s not hard to see why. There are several benefits to doing things this way, but one of the most obvious is that steel can be extremely vulnerable to rust, especially in areas with a heavy exposure to saltwater. Zinc acts as a natural barrier to rust, making the steel more durable to conditions that might otherwise begin to chip away at it.

Why add zinc to steel?

Aside from the obvious benefit of inhibiting rust and protecting the carbon steel underneath, zinc actually does this by oxidizing itself. Think of it as almost as “self-sacrifice” by the zinc that keeps the steel strong. This dramatically increases the life span of the steel, as well. It’s a very short process that takes only minutes to do, and since zinc is common and inexpensive, it’s a natural fit to combine with the steel needed to build a wide variety of goods.

Which is better: hot dipped galvanized steel or zinc coated steel?

There are pros and cons to going either direction.

hot dipped galHot dipped galvanized coatings may not look as smooth but they tend to last a lot longer. Also, the zinc oxidizes before the steel which means that raw steel is still in better shape to hold up against decay. It lasts a very long time and looks more rugged, but it is also more expensive than a simple zinc coating.

 

 

zinc platedZinc coated carbon steel is more economical since it is inexpensive. However the coating is much lighter than with hot dipped steel, so the coating will wear away much more quickly – no seventy years of coating here. It does look cleaner and a lot smoother if appearance matters.

 

 

Which should you choose?

Not everyone needs the additional sturdiness or durability that comes with a zinc alloy being added to carbon steel, however most people like the idea of making sure their investment is much more likely to rust or buckle under the pressure of time. While people may disagree over which method is best for them, there’s no question that zinc is a welcome addition to carbon steel in most instances, and the decision towards one or the other will depend on the applications the zinc-coated equipment will be used in.