New Product: Pre-Stretched Wrap

image of pre-stretched wrapOne of the products we’ve gotten the most requests for is a pre-stretched wrap.

Our professional moving company customers shared with us the benefits it offers over traditional stretch wrap and we were happy to add Torque® pre-stretched wrap from Paragon Films to our moving supplies collection.

A pre-stretched wrap is just that- pre-stretched- so it’s lighter in weight than regular stretch wrap. In fact, it’s about 1/3 the weight of a standard roll. Because it’s already stretched, the amount of pressure required when wrapping items is reduced, making it much easier to apply. Another benefit: because less force is required when wrapping, the user can walk forward when applying around a load rather than backward as with traditional file, making a pre stretch wrap safer to use as well.

The lighter weight and easier application of a pre stretch wrap does not decrease its strength. Instead, the rolled edge on the wrap makes it stronger, reduces tears, and creates excellent clinging properties. The thin design also reduces the amount of stretch wrap needed, so it’s an extremely cost-efficient choice for a variety of moving, packing and cargo control jobs. The thinner profile is also clearer, so items can be more easily seen through the wrap.

Torque® HandFilm pre-stretched wrap is available in single rolls and 4-packs.

 

 

Customer Photos: Ratchet Straps

We love to feature product photos we get from our customers. We received this one from Elaine on Galveston Island, Texas, after she let us know how pleased she and her husband were with our ratchet straps. Elaine purchased our 2″ x 30′ blue ratchet strap with chain extensions.

 

ratchet strap with chain extension

 

“We have a Bobcat business, Jim Abrams Bobcat Services. We now have two machines that we trailer to our job sites, and we’re VERY pleased with the US Cargo products. In fact, our friends own an equipment rental business and have asked just where we get our tie down ratchet straps. Our equipment DEALER commented that ours were the biggest and best he had EVER seen. They were very impressed, especially with the chain leads.

We recently purchased a new compact tractor and new flatbed trailer.  We already have a large Kubota SVL75 skid steer front end loader.  My husband has been a heavy equipment operator for 40 years and I now have a unit of my own to go out and help him do some specialized work.  (At age 65 I am starting a whole new career!)  

My husband does a lot of research online and no one came close to your ratchet straps–it was EXACTLY what he wanted. 

Elaine Forbes
Jim Abrams Bobcat Services, LLC

Customer Photos: Moving Blankets

We love receiving photos from our customers; so much so that we’ve created a new Customer Photos category.

This first post features photos we received from Laurel in Pennsylvania. Laurel purchased a Supreme moving blanket 4-pack to use for her dog, Tilly. She uses one in Tilly’s crate to provide a comfortable padded layer, and also in her vehicles to protect the seats. At a generous 72″ x 80″ size, our moving blankets are big enough to cover a wide area, but also fold neatly to create a more cushioned surface.

photo of moving blankets for dog bed

 

Laurel wrote:   “My husband thinks a moving pad is a moving pad is a moving pad… he went to our local big box home improvement store and bought one for his car for $16. It’s thin and slippery!  I MAY have to share one of mine with him! My US Cargo Control moving blankets really are nice and suit our needs perfectly.”

Laurel also mentioned that she was thrilled to learn that the Supreme moving blankets are machine-washable, a must-have since she says “Mastiffs like Tilly can be slobbery!”

For more ideas on other uses for our moving blankets, see Moving Blankets- Not Just for Moving Anymore.

The Supreme moving blanket Laurel purchased is our best-selling, highest quality moving pad, but additional styles of various weights are also available. We’ve divided them into categories based on weight and material:

BEST Moving Blankets

BETTER Moving Blankets

GOOD Moving Blankets

SKINS Moving Blankets

If you need help in choosing the right moving blanket for your specific needs, give our sales team a call at 800-867-1210. They’ll be happy to help!

We need your photos of USCC products in use!

Email them to: customerservice@uscargocontrol.com and we’ll feature them on the blog and on our US Cargo Control Facebook page.

 

Product Review: Magic Sliders

image of magic sliders 8 packWith moving season quickly heading into full swing, moving supplies are flying out the door at US Cargo Control. And with so many supplies for moving available, it can be difficult to tell if some items are really necessary to get the job done. Magic Sliders are one such essential.

Magic sliders come in both round and rectangular sizes. While these types of sliders for moving furniture were originally designed with adhesive to easily adhere to furniture legs, there’s also now a set that includes screws so you can screw them in to secure for good.

What’s great about moving supplies such as moving sliders is that they are something you can keep on hand and use again. They’re nice to have when it comes time to rearrange furniture or when you’re cleaning. And they’re not just for furniture- place some of these super sliders under a large box or potted plant you need to move. You can also keep a set in the garage or work shop to move tool boxes or other heavy items.

Our Magic Sliders products include:

We created a short video showing just how easy it is to use sliders for furniture. Be sure to check out below, and these additional videos of moving supply reviews:

Moving straps review 

Steel platform dolly review

How to choose a moving blanket

Are there any moving supplies you’d like to see added to our selection? Please leave us a message below!

 

 

 

What’s the Difference Between Wheel Nets and What’s the Best Wheel Net for Large Tires?

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Adjustable wheel net

Choosing a wheel net can be confusing and it’s by far one of the most common questions we get at USCC since there are so many variations of vehicles, tires, and towing applications. A few things to note: side mount wheel nets should not be used on dollies because the dolly ratchet assembly is on the front. These are used on just trailers. Also, the side mounts aren’t secure enough for a dolly in most cases; instead, all four tires should be tied down with these straps.

For securing truck tires and large tires, choose an adjustable wheel net or double adjustable wheel net. The design lets you adjust the strap around the tire to accommodate the size.

You can see this page: Wheel Nets, Auto & Car Tie Downs and Tow Dolly Straps for all of car carrier straps and supplies. We’re working on a series of wheel net videos to show the difference between the many options- keep checking back!

 

Customer Review: Cable Railing

image 2 of stainless steel cable railingWe just recently added a blog post about cable railing, but plus a short video about installing cable railing, so it was great to hear from a customer this week who installed some of our products in his new home and was kind enough to send us some pictures. The great thing about our cable railing products is that kits are available to ensure all the parts and hardware are included, but pieces can also be ordered separately as needed. Dustin and Brennan on our sales team worked with this customer to make sure he had everything he needed.

image stainless steel cable railing photo 3All of our assemblies are available in 1/8”, 3/16”, and ¼” diameters of stainless steel type 316 wire cable, in either a 1×19 configuration or a 7×7 construction. The 1×19 has a minimal stretch for a semi-rigid feel. It can be bent up to 45° if needed. The 7×7 wire is generally used for more decorative applications since it can be safely bent to angles greater than 45°. All of our cable railing can be maching swaged or hand swaged. This customer used a 1×19 construction and purchased the hand swage tool and swaged them all himself.

stainless steel cable railing photo4For more information, check out our cable railing products page or call our sales team at 888-794-0584.

You can also see these PDFs for reference:

Guide for cable railing systems

Architectural cable railing catalog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Kind of Rope Floats? What is Manila Rope Made From? And Other Rope Questions Answered

Our sales team receives lots of questions about rope :  types, uses, strength, etc. so we thought it would be best to list the most common inquiries we receive and list the answers here.

Q. What is manila rope made from?

Manila rope Manila rope is manufactured from a plant native to the Philippines- the abaca plant- which is how it gets its name. It’s also sometimes called hemp rope or sisal rope because it is made of hemp fibers. The all natural fibers make it absorbent, but it stretches very little so it’s great for making a rope ladder, landscaping, obstacle courses, etc. Manilla rope holds a knot extremely well so it also makes a great tug of war rope. Its water absorbency also makes it prone to mildew and it can shrink up to 15% when wet.

 

Q. What kind of rope floats?

Polypropylene rope Often called pool rope or ski rope, polypropylene rope is a synthetic  that’s very lightweight so it will not sink in water. Since it doesn’t absorb water, it resists rot, mildew, oils, acids, etc. Polypropylene can stretch when under load and can be uncomfortable to handle since it is stiffer than a natural fiber. Polypropylene is sometimes mistaken for parachute cord (also called paracord or 550 cord), however, that is a nylon general purpose utility cord with a smoother texture.

 

Q. Does polyester rope stretch?

Polyester rope Polyester rope is very similar to nylon but it does not stretch as much as a nylon. The lack of stretch makes it great for uses where stretching would be dangerous: tug ropes, tree ropes, etc. Polyester keeps its strength even when wet and is very resistant to mildew, rot, etc. We sell three different constructions: diamond braid, solid braid and twisted.

 

 

Q. What is cotton rope used for?

cotton rope  Cotton rope offers less strength than other ropes but its softness makes it much more comfortable to handle. We generally suggest cotton for lightweight applications such as for tents, pet toys, awnings, making a hammock stand, etc. Natural cotton rope does hold up better than some synthetic ropes to UV rays so it can be better choice for outdoor uses if it will be subjected to sun exposure outside.

 

 

Q. What is the best rope for climbing?

iStock_000019326943XSmall  We get this question a lot- along with how to choose a carabiner for climbing. Because climbing is  not  something we recommend with our rope and carabiner clips, we cannot offer any suggestions. Our products are not designed for climbing; we prefer our customers contact an expert in climbing supplies for the best advice!

Product Review: Ergo 360 Winch Bar

The Ergo 360 Winch Bar features a new patent-pending design with a unique bend which keeps the handle and the tip are parallel.

This means the bar can rotate 360 degrees to accommodate a variety of clearance angles. It eliminates the user from low angels when tightening or releasing tension, to eliminate back and neck pain and the possibility of injury.

A handle design keeps the bar from slipping and it’s heat-treated for extra strength.

Available in three styles:

 

New Products: BlackLine Ratchet Straps, Winch Straps and Roll Off Straps

Our new BlackLine tie down straps were developed for US Cargo Control so we could offer customers premium tie downs with the strongest webbing on the market.

The line includes 2” and 4” wide ratchet straps, winch straps and roll off straps with higher break strengths than traditional webbing, to create an increased working load limit (WLL). 2″ straps have 13,000 lb. webbing while 4″ straps feature 24,000lbs webbing. This  means 4″ ratchet straps have a WLL of 6,670 lbs., while competitor’s straps have a 5,400 lbs. WLL.

Because BlackLine products are manufactured specifically for US Cargo Control, we were able to add additional features like thicker edges for increased durability. This design is made possible with a concentration of tough webbing, not an enhancement like thin wire.

We’ve also added black powder coating on flat hooks and 2” wide ratchet assemblies both protection and sleek style. Wire hooks and chain extensions also have zinc plating for increased resistance against the elements. The black color scheme coordinates better with company logos and colors than traditional colored straps.

As with all of our straps, BlackLine ratchet straps, winch straps and roll off container straps are labeled with WLL information so they meet DOT regulations, CVSA guidelines, CHP, North American Cargo Securement, and WSTDA standards.

Read the official press release about our new BlackLine tie down straps.

 

Q & A with the Sales Team

Our latest installment of Q&A includes more of the most common questions we hear from our US Cargo Control customers. If you have a question about any of our products, shipping, prices, or custom orders, give us a call at 866-444-9990.

What are D rings?
D-rings will vary by industry but our d rings are for use in tie down applications. Designs will vary slightly and include:

Flush mount D rings

Flush mount D rings are ideal for transporting motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles and other lighter weight vehicles that have multiple points for trailer tie downs. Flush mount means the flat part of the fitting mounts flush against the surface.

 

Recessed D rings

Also great for lighter weight vehicles, but these are installed below the surface of the floor or wall so they lie flat when not in use. They do require creating a hole in the floor or wall to fit properly.

 

 

Rotating pan D rings

As the name implies, these rotate 360 degrees to offer more versatility for anchor points.

 

 

Weld-on D rings

Crafted in forged steel with a with a weld-on bracket that allows the ring to rotate 180 degrees.

 

 

Why are endless round slings different colors?

Polyester endless round slings have a colored jacket that indicates its strength. This design feature makes it easy to see at a glance by color just how strong the sling is. Colors range from purple (least amount of strength) to black (strongest). While the color coding is an industry standard, if you are replacing a sling, it’s a good idea to check the specifications to make sure the new sling is as strong as the sling you are replacing. 

It’s also important to note that the body diameter of the sling refers to the diameter of the polyester rope- not the colored CORDURA® fabric jacket.

 

Where to apply conspicuity tape?

Reflective tape- also called conspicuity tape– is required for tractor trailers to increase visibility to other drivers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has various regulations, some dependent on when the tractor trailer was manufactured. You can find excellent instructions and illustrations of trucks with conspicuity tape at: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/consp.pdf

New Products Review: Flatbed Trailer Products

Lots of new products have rolled out onto our US Cargo Control website lately, including many in our flatbed trailer group from Merritt®- a trusted manufacturer in the industry.

If there’s a product or a group of new items you’d like to see added to our website, be sure to let us know- either by a comment below or contacting us at 866-444-9990.

Headache Racks

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Merritt® Headache Rack

A Merritt® Equipment headache rack is an excellent investment for a truck/trailer. Sometimes also known as limited security racks (LSR) or cab guards for trucks, these not only look sharp but can add a measure of security to the cab in the event of an accident. We offer two aluminum cab guard styles: 70″ wide with E-Z view window and an 80″ wide with chain racks. Both feature Dyna-Tube extrusion on the outer edge for a tough yet smooth aerodynamic border. Mounting kits in both a 17″ size and a 21″ size are also available so you’ll have everything you need for easy installation.

 

Tire Chain Carriers

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Merritt® Tire Chain Carrier

It’s not too early to be thinking of winter driving. Tire chain holders that mount right to the frame are a great way to keep chains organized, and a locking lid keeps them secure. The space-saving design is only 8” wide and is available in both an 18” size for frames with fairing packages and a 24″ size for open frame models.

Also be sure to check our selection of tire chains. We offer two styles, both from Pewag, a trusted manufacturer in the chain industry.

 

Deck Covers

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Merritt® Deck Cover

Aluminum Dyna-Deck covers are a simple, fast way to create sturdy walking deck spaces on your rig. The top-mount design is ribbed to create a non-skid surface and allow for draining. Variable mounting points make them easy to install, with no drilling required. All are 33.25″ wide so they easily slide together. Choose from three different lengths:  18.5″L, 28″L, 37.5“. Each deck cover meets DOT regulations for a walk area. 

How Much Do Large Rubber Bands Stretch?

Big rubber bands
Large Rubber Band: 30″

Our extra large rubber bands for moving are measured flat, and will stretch to approximately twice their length. We sell the big rubber bands in four different sizes. All are sold in a package of 12.

The great thing about buying rubber bands for moving is that they’re handy even after you’re all in and settled. Use them to secure box lids closed, or keep drawers or doors closed on chests, tool boxes, etc. Take them along camping or hunting to bundle supplies or keep cooler tops secure.

Need an even rubber band for moving or other application? Check out our pallet bands, available in three sizes:

72" Pallet Bands
72″ Pallet Bands