The Sliding E Track Ratchet Strap is now available at US Cargo Control
You can now purchase the Sliding E Track Ratchet Strap from US Cargo Control! This strap is a sturdy, heavy-duty tie down that is functional for many applications. With its unique sliding design, this will help secure your equipment and cargo to your enclosed van, trailer, or truck!
With another addition to our wide variety of ratchet straps, you can trust US Cargo Control for your tie down needs. Whether you need specialty straps, motorcycle straps, winch straps, or custom tie downs, we got the perfect ratchet strap for you.
Watch this Easy Guide on How to Operate a Sliding E Track Strap:
3 Fun Facts about the Sliding E Track Ratchet Strap:
1. It’s Made of Strong, Durable Fabric
This strap consists of a durable industrial-grade polyester webbing that is resistant to weathering, abrasion, corrosion, and other damage. With this type of fabric, you’ll never have to worry about wear and tear. Not only do you have to worry about wear and tear, but its webbing also will never stretch over time.
2. It’s Flexible and Reliable
As the name hints, its ratchet allows for smoother sliding so you can easily apply the strap to your equipment. This is fitting as there are load straps with ratchets that are not located in the most appropriate location, so users resorted to creating custom load straps. This isn’t the safest option. With the Sliding E Track Ratchet Strap, you can quickly position the ratchet to the most convenient location on the cargo strap for optimal leverage and cargo storage.
This sliding ratchet strap also features spring e-fittings and is designed to easily connect to existing e-track rails inside your van trailers for safe transport.
3. It Comes in Different Colors and Sizes
Each ratchet strap comes in one color, and we offer three sizes! The colors come in yellow, blue, and grey, and you can use these straps to have as your favorite colors. The sizes we currently offer are 2″ x 12′, 2″ x 16′, and 2″ x 20′.
May is National Moving Month, so in honor of that, we wanted to share our list of 5 essential moving supplies you should have at the ready when gearing up for your next move.
Moving? We’ve all done it. Back in your college days you tapped a friend with a pickup truck, recruited some others with the promise of pizza and beer, and then proceeded to haphazardly throw everything you own into the back, hoping everything made it in one piece.
Now you’re all grown up (or at least pretending to be) and you’d rather not roll the dice on whether your hard-earned possessions make it to their new home intact. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned moving professional, having the right tools for the job is critical to a successful move. Luckily, US Cargo Control has everything you need in one place.
So, in the spirit of National Moving Month, here is a run-down of 5 essentials you should have on hand for your next move.
1. Moving Blankets
Protect your furniture with the best moving blankets around. With many different options of weights and sizes, you can easily find the right fit for your moving needs. We also carry a large selection of furniture covers and our new TV Moving Bag will keep your big screen safe and sound.
We highly recommend our Supreme Mover 12-Pack for a strong and durable option that will come in handy time and time again. Plus, they’re machine washable!
2. Furniture Lifting Straps
If you’ve ever tried to manhandle a large piece of furniture, you will appreciate these genius Team Strap moving straps. Save your back, keep your friends, and make sure you have these beauties at the ready before your move gets underway.
Cut down on the number of trips to and from the truck with a quality hand truck. These make quick and easy work of moving larger boxes, while also being a great tool to move multiple smaller boxes at once, and even some types of furniture. A true must-have for any mover.
Our moving rubber bands are perfect for securing your items during a move. Use them to keep moving blankets or pads in place around furniture and other items during transit or storage. They work great at keeping dresser drawers from flying open when you take a tight turn in the truck, too! They are extremely versatile and best of all, they’re reusable!
In addition to our mover bands, stretch wrap is another must-have essential you’ll want to have nearby to help keep your items secure and in place during your move. One of our favorites is our Pre-Stretched Wrap 4-pack. It’s lighter than standard rolls, which means you don’t have to apply as much pressure during wrapping. But, don’t think that means it’s not as strong. This stuff still delivers an extreme hold, so you can rest assured your stuff isn’t going anywhere.
Whatever the size of your move, the dedicated team at US Cargo Control is ready to help you save time, energy, and most of all, keep your items safe and secure during transit. So, when gearing up for your next move, make sure your plan includes a stop at US Cargo Control to stock up on these essentials and more!
Looking for more moving tips?
Check out some of our other moving posts for great tips to help you move like a pro!
The Web Sling and Tie Down Association (WSTDA) recently released guidance on disinfecting synthetic slings and tie-downs to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
In general, it is not recommended that web slings and tie-downs be washed or disinfected as it can lead to a loss of strength. Many chemicals and cleaners commonly used to disinfect other inanimate household objects could have adverse effects on synthetic slings and tie-downs.
We understand there are a lot of questions and unknowns when it comes to the Coronavirus pandemic and encourage our customers to read the full release from the WSTDA on their website.
At US Cargo Control, we care about our customers and getting them what they want, when they need it. If you have any questions about our products, give our team a call at 866-444-9990.
We’ve added a wide selection of the strongest and toughest chain grade components to our inventory.
A full line of Grade 120 chain and chain sling components are now available through US Cargo Control.
Grade 120 is a high-strength, ultra-premium quality alloy steel with the highest working load limits in the industry. Now it’s easier than ever to get the G120 products you need to tackle the toughest overhead lifting and transportation jobs.
We’ve added a wide selection of the strongest and toughest chain grade components to our stock. And with a large inventory of bulk g120 chain, fittings, chain and binder kits, and more, you can count on US Cargo Control for all of your Grade 120 transport and rigging and lifting needs!
4 Benefits of Grade 120 Components
1. It’s the Strongest Chain in the Industry
Grade 120 chain and components are 50% stronger than Grade 80 and 20% stronger than Grade 100 products. That added strength means you can select a smaller chain size for the job that’s lighter in weight and easier to handle – all without sacrificing working load limits.
2. It’s Extremely Durable
G120 chain features a revolutionary square link design that offers superior fatigue and bending resistance, making it an excellent choice for a wide variety of lifting applications. The patented square profile also offers increased contact between the surfaces on the links, resulting in a better grip than a traditional round link-style chain. A blue powder-coated finish adds corrosion protection.
3. It’s Easy to Identify
All Grade 120 Chain and Components feature a light-blue powder coating for quick and easy identification. You will also find either “120” or “12” markings on the chain and components as additional identification as Grade 120 alloy.
4. It’s Made by Pewag
Our Grade 120 chain and components are made by Pewag, an industry leader in quality chain products. With a history dating back over 500 years, Pewag is an established and trusted manufacturer in the transportation and lifting industries.
Grade 120 Chain Slings
Chain slings manufactured with grade 120 chains offer the highest strength available on the market. They are excellent for heavy-duty lifting applications.
There are two main types of lifting slings: standard and adjustable. Both options allow the user to customize the sling to suit their specific lifting application. Choose from several options including the number of legs, length of the chain, and type of end fitting.
Can be designed with the same leg configurations as standard slings, but an additional fitting allows the user to adjust the length of the chain.
Grade 120 Fittings
We stock a wide selection of G120 end fittings. Like all Grade 120 components, end-fittings all feature the distinctive blue powder-coat finish for superior corrosion protection and easy identification. Some of the most common options include:
Eye Grab Hooks are designed for optimal interaction between chain and hook, making them excellent for a variety of lifting applications.
Self-Locking Hooksfeature a larger opening than typical eye sling hooks and automatically close and lock under load.
A Sling Hook has a forged and galvanized safety latch for a secure connection in a variety of lifting applications.
Tackle The Toughest Lifting Jobs With Grade 120
We recommend heavy-duty Grade 120 Chain for the toughest jobs. Whether you are in the trucking and transportation or lifting and rigging industries, the high-strength and superior quality of G120 alloy steel can stand up to even the most demanding applications.
Are you ready to get your hands on some Grade 120 products? Contact our sales team today at 800-404-7068. Our team of product experts is here to answer any questions about rigging chain, lifting slings, and more.
We also do custom orders!Need a custom lifting sling? We can do that! Because we assemble all of our Grade 120 chain slings in-house, we can customize a lifting sling to meet your specific needs.
With spring cleaning as a common chore to do at this time of year, check out 4 essential USCC products for your cleaning duties.
Not only is the spring season here, but this is a common time of the year to store things away and clean our vehicles, garages, and homes after the past few wintry months. With more time to do our hobbies and activities these days, this also means we have more time to do our spring cleaning duties. Why not get started on spring cleaning with a couple of our high-quality products that can get the job done?
Moving Blankets and Mover Bands
With cold days behind us, we can finally store some items away for the rest of the year. With moving blankets and mover bands, you can store things away safely and carefully. Our furniture covers prevent your items from getting dented or scratched, and the flexible mover bands can help the covers from shifting.
Pickup Truck Cargo Nets
Got a pickup truck, and you need to dump your trash? Don’t just store trash in your truck without any securing them. Instead, use pickup truck nets to hold your load together while you are driving! It is safer for you and those around you to prevent damage from your load flying out of your truck.
These truck nets are reliable and easy to attach and secure. We enjoy using this short bed Truck Cargo Net because it comes with cam buckles and S-Hooks to allow quick and easy attachments.
1″ Ratchet Straps and Cam Buckle Straps
For your light-duty tie down applications, the 1″ Ratchet Straps and Cam Buckle Straps are perfect for the job. If you need tie down straps for light hauling, these cargo straps will secure a wide range of cargo on your trailer or pickup bed.
When figuring out the differences between ratchet straps and cam straps, remember that the cam straps are faster to secure than ratchet straps. They are handy for securing fragile cargo loads because of its ability to not over-tighten like ratchet straps.
To learn more about ratchet straps and cam buckle straps, watch one of our product experts, Adam, explain the differences of each strap.
Don’t forget that handy dolly to move your heavy items around! Having a hand truck can help you move your items around so you can clean an area such as your garage or basement.
When hard, challenging times like this occur, that is when we need to help each other and build a community.
As we continue to feel uncertainty and adapt to altered daily lives caused by Coronavirus in America, there is one thing that is for certain. Trucking companies are stepping up and making heroic efforts to keep shelves in grocery stores stocked. This includes items such as food, cleaning supplies, and other necessities.
There is no doubt that with the increased demands of supplies, truckers are still keeping pace with the evolving supply chain. Because people are adhering to COVID-19 protocols, there is less traffic on our roads and highways, creating a safer situation for truck drivers. Although the roads and highways may have less traffic, you may notice it is difficult for them to dine in many restaurants, use amenities such as workout facilities, or simply get coffee from coffee shops.
Although our grocery stores continue to have food and products that families need, it is a result of all of our truckers who are continuously protecting our supply chain.
It’s times like these when we need to help each other and build a community. We should spread kindness to our truckers for performing critical functions to keep America forward. Some ways we can spread gratitude could be writing thank-you notes, providing free lunches, offering them cleaning supplies, or giving them a shoutout through social media.
To our truckers, thank you. Thank you for your dedication to keep American citizens safe during this time of crisis. Your selflessness in these times of crisis is truly inspiring, and not forgotten.
With spring here, this means warmer and brighter days! But, there are still some things that need to be considered during the spring season.
Driving during the winter can be a dangerous time of the year for truck drivers. Snow and ice can make the roads challenging to drive on, and we don’t always want to deal with staying warm during the wintry months. With the first few days of spring already here, this means warmer days, more sunlight, and longer days!
With winter behind us, we feel much more at ease to be driving. Although roads are not as risky as they were in the icy months, there are still things that need to be considered during the warm spring season. Prepare for the spring by reading these 4 spring driving tips!
Be Aware of Rain and Hail
Spring showers may bring more rain, but they also bring flooding and slippery roads. Go easy on your brakes while the roads are wet because if you brake hard, your wheels may lock up quickly. Just like how you would drive and brake slowly during the icy roads, take the same approach to when it rains.
Along with rain, beware of any hail that might arrive. You might drive through some of the more common states that often get hail storms such as Wyoming, Colorado, and Nebraska.
Refresh your Emergency Supplies
With allergies, the flu, and now Coronavirus spreading around, stocking up on the essentials is critical for your health. Restock any items in your emergency supplies, and stock on items such as water, food and snacks, batteries, and any other items you will need in case of a storm or accident.
Be on the Lookout for Potholes
Besides rainy days and hail storms, the other thing to watch out for is potholes. What might have been a blessing during the winter, potholes can be an issue during the spring. Through the plows, salt, and harsh weather conditions from the winter, there are potholes that can grow to impressive sizes.
It can be a pain but drive slowly or avoid the potholes as much as you can to avoid your cargo being damaged. Not only that, but you also end up avoiding any damage underneath your rig.
Be Prepared for Some Chilly Nights
Although warmer days are coming, there are still some chilly days in regions all around the country. Don’t toss out the winter equipment you needed for the winter! Keep some winter equipment around such as a jacket, blanket, and a heater to keep you warm during those chilly days.
Check out 8 green cargo control products we carry at US Cargo Control and find your lucky charm!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Is your favorite color green, or do you want to rep your company colors? Do you want to get something green so you can be in the pinch-free zone? You’re in luck (no pun intended) because US Cargo Control has compiled a list of 8 green cargo control equipment for St. Patrick’s Day!
We categorized each product into one of the three industries that we serve in so you can find what you are looking for quickly. Whether it’s trucking and transportation, lifting and rigging, or moving equipment, check out the green products we carry in each industry.
Repping Green for Trucking
Green Ratchet Straps
We carry ratchet straps in many sizes and styles, and they come in many colors such as blue, red, gray and more. We’re just lucky we carry them in the color green, as well in darker green and camouflage. If you cannot find what you are looking for, you can always get a ratchet strap customized to your needs.
Green L Tracks
Installing L-Tracks on your truck or trailer will give you more secure tie down points where you need them. Made from aluminum, this light, sleek product will help hold your heavy, bulky items in place while you are driving. We carry 12″ L-Track and 24″ L-Track, and these items are designed to secure motorcycles, ATVs, utility tractors, and more.
The EasyKlip grip clips are easy clips to use when you need a quick release fastener on a grommet-free fabric or plastic surface. This means you can use the clips on tarps, banners, car or motorcycle covers, canopies, and more. Each clip can hold up to 220 pounds, and we offer them in a 4-pack and 10-pack.
Good-N-Tight Ratchet Strap Tightening Handle
For anyone that uses ratchet straps, are you looking for a way to secure loads safer and smarter? Consider the Good-N-Tight Ratchet Strap Tightening Handle that will make your job easier by giving you three times the leverage. We offer this product in the color green, what a coincidence!
We understand this is a little different from tightening the ratchet strap yourself. We included a video for you to see how to do it in action.
The Greenest, High-Quality Lifting Products
Green Screw Pin Anchor Shackles
Made in Holland, this Van Beest Screw Pin Anchor Shackle has the trademarked green pin that attaches and detaches quickly, making them perfect for temporary or non-permanent lifting jobs. If you are looking for a shackle for quick or repeated connections or releases, this is the one for you!
Green Van Beest Bolt Anchor Super Shackle
If you need a shackle with more of a permanent or long-term installation, the Van Beest Bolt Anchor Super Shackle will do the job for you. Also known as a Bow Shackle, these Super Shackles are 50% stronger than a standard shackle.
When you are researching bow shackles, you will notice that these shackles have a larger O-shaped look, compared to chain shackles and D shackles. The larger O-shape will allow larger slings or straps to fit easier. If there is an application that requires a smaller loop, it is recommended to use anchor shackles and chain shackles.
Green Endless Polyester Round Lifting Sling
Our versatile polyester round slings are convenient and reliable to use for delicate cargo. The Endless Polyester Round Lifting Sling has many benefits for your lifting needs, such as flexibility, durability, strength, and cost-effectiveness.
Our green, large rubber bands are perfect for securing your furniture while you are moving or storing items. Stretching to double the size, these 30″ bands are ideal for securing moving blankets, holding can liners, and keeping drawers closed. If you have multiple rubber bands and would like to keep them organized, check out our Mover Band Holder!
If you would like to learn more about the products we carry at US Cargo Control, give our team of experts a call at 866-444-9990 and we will be here to help you.
Wondering where the USCC team is going? Read to find out!
It is tradeshow season, and our dedicated USCC team members have been traveling to several states during the past two months! The reason why we attend tradeshows every year is because we care about making connections and cultivating strong relationships. Check out some of the shows we attended recently.
Also, leave a comment below if you have attended a tradeshow this year and if you saw us and our booths!
College HUNKS Annual Reunion
One of the industries that US Cargo Control serves in is Moving Equipment, so since we have partnered with College HUNKS as a vendor for the past six years, we sought the opportunity to go to the reunion and support one of our partners! Some of our team members attended the show in Orlando, FL, and had a blast at this event. Along with that, we gave people the opportunity to enter the chance to win custom CHHJ Nike shoes! How sweet is that?
This was a great event to talk with new and existing franchisee owners to build relationships. This event is instrumental in visiting with many franchisee owners in one location
Carla Weeks, sales
If you would like to learn more about our moving supplies, check out our high-quality professional moving equipment that will do the job whether it is big or small.
Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SC&RA) Symposium
Another event we attended this year is the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SC&RA) Symposium, and what a show it was! The meeting featured over 40 companies, and brought together oversize/overweight transportation professionals and permitting officials to discuss permitting harmonization and safety concerns.
Three of our salespeople Tim, Adam, and Alex enjoyed every bit of it. If you saw them in Charlotte, NC, you might have participated in a putting challenge.
To win the putting challenge, whoever makes the hole-in-one will have a chance to win a Ping Putter. We did have a winner, and it was Ben Mayer from Great Lakes Heavy Haul! Check out the snazzy picture below:
The Maintenance Council (TMC) Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition
In Atlanta, GA, we attended the TMC annual meeting which covers the most innovative educational sessions covering all aspects of vehicle maintenance and design. At US Cargo Control, staying on top of industry practices is important to us, and this is a great event that covers industry practices for trucking and transportation.
What Else Happened?
Recently, two of our salespeople had the amazing opportunity to tour International Union of Operating Engineers‘ training facility. At this tour, they had the chance to see the large cranes and machinery that our products are used on up close. While we have product experts who are so knowledgeable in every product we carry here at US Cargo Control, we will always seize the change to learn more about these machines up close.
The people that operate these machines are very smart and very well trained. Products like lifting slings, shackles, spreader bars and lifting beams, are a critically important part of every lift, and it was inspiring to me to see these cranes up close.
Alex Ledger, Sales
Where is the Next Tradeshow?
This week, our team members are going to Nashville, TN to attend the LKQ Vendor Fair. Catch us there, and maybe try to find us at a hot chicken restaurant!
Don’t know how many you need to secure your load? Read to learn more.
When you are securing your cargo load with tiedowns, it is crucial to know how many you need. Protecting your cargo with the correct amount of straps is important so you can transport and deliver it safely. Read on how to use ratchet straps, how many you need, and what to use to protect them.
How to Use Ratchet Straps
Learning how to use cargo straps is beneficial to how many you need for the task in front of you. Our ratchet straps are an important player in transporting cargo and once you understand how to use them, you’ll be a pro at it!
We have a wide variety of ratchet tie down straps in so many sizes and styles, and each of them is listed with weight capacities. To learn more about how to thread a ratchet strap, check out one of our product experts explaining the steps.
How Many Heavy Duty Ratchet Straps Do I Need?
Depending on the weight and length of your cargo, the number of straps vary. According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, they state that you only use one tiedown if your cargo is shorter than 5 feet and less than 1,000 pounds.
If your cargo is shorter than 5 feet but weighs more than 1,000 pounds or is between 5 to 10 feet long, then you would need to have two straps. Keep in mind that for the first 10 feet of length, it must be secured by two tiedowns. Then for every additional 10 feet, you would add one tiedown.
We recommend that if you are transporting 10,000 pounds or more, then to use at least four tiedowns. Be sure to use corner protectors to protect your straps, which is explained more below.
How Do I Protect Them?
To prevent your ratchet straps from getting damaged from edges, consider using corner protectors. Also known as corner guards, they can extend the life of your ratchet straps.
Corner protectors are inexpensive and they can protect not just your straps, but also your cargo, chains, tarps or any covers that you will use in tie down applications. For how to store your ratchet straps, read 10 Ways to Store Tie Down Straps.
Are you looking for which chain binder is best for your haul? Read to learn the differences of each binder.
When researching the benefits of lever binders and ratchet binders, people often ask “what can I do with a lever binder?” or “how to use a ratchet binder?” It can be scary operating these binders because of the injury risk it may bring. Read the differences of each chain binder and how to operate them safely.
What is a Chain Binder?
A chain binder is a tool used to tighten chain to secure cargo for transport. When shopping for chain binders, there are commonly two styles: the ratchet binder and the lever binder.
How to Use Chain Binders?
A ratchet binder, or a ratchet chain binder, includes a ratcheting mechanism to create tension in the chain in order to safely secure the load. It has a handle, two tension hooks, and a cam and prawl mechanism to create a smooth, ratcheting action.
When you are using a ratchet binder, the lever and screw will work together to increase the force applied to the tie-down assembly. This will provide the least amount of work to bind the chain tightly to secure the load. Also, its handle takes much less pulling force than you would need with a lever binder.
A lever binder, or lever chain binder, is the easiest to unbind quickly to unload your cargo. The lever binder has a lever and tension hook on each end, and the lever can increase the force when applying to a tie-down.
The lever binder will require more pulling force because it stores energy in the handle. With added tension, this can make it harder to tighten because it requires more strength.
The lever binder is viewed as the least safe option because of the lever’s built-up tension when you release it. Recently, we added a new type of lever binder called the Recoilless Cam Action Lever Binder. This is one of the safest lever binders on the market today. This is because its unique design eliminates the whiplash that occurs when you release the chain tension.
Although the lever binder can unbind quickly to unload your cargo, the ratchet binder is considered the safest option. With less built-up tension, this reduces the risk of the bar snapping back on you.
At the end of the day, the chain binders are only as safe as how you are using them. If you don’t use it correctly, it will become a danger to you. If you wish to learn more about our chain binders, give our team a call so we can get you the information that you need to keep you going.
AtUS Cargo Control, we care about your safety. When you’re ready to use chain binders, go to US Cargo Control or give our sales team a call at 800-969-6543.
Seeking money saving ideas for when you are on the road? Cut down your expenses by reading these 5 simple ways to save money.
Looking to lower your expenses when you are on the road? We get it. It can be challenging to not run out of money when you need to pay for food, gas, and showers. But, you have the ability to change that.
If you stick to a budget, you can save better and keep that hard-earned money. Read these 5 easy ways to save money when you are on the road and live comfortably.
1. Make a Budget
In order to stick to a budget, create a budget that you can hold yourself accountable. One way you can start this is by creating an organized log so you can keep track of how much you are spending on food, gas, and tolls. Once you see how much you are purchasing daily, weekly, or monthly, you will start to notice how you can allocate budgeting for each category.
Let’s use food for example. Let’s say you plan for $200 a month for food. You can log and track how much you are spending on groceries, food when you are on the go, fuel, and such. This can determine how you can save if you are close to your monthly budget or if you are budgeting well!
2. Pack Your Meals
Speaking of food, consider preparing your own food for the long haul. Food is the biggest expense for the truck driver, but you can budget better by meal prepping your own food. According to AOL Finance, “a meal costs $5 to $7 at a fast food restaurant, but the cost of cooking at home averages out to $1.50 to $3 per person.” You can easily save money by investing in your own meals, and eat healthier.
You already have your CDL, so why not put it to good use? Chances are there will be hotels and restaurants that have CDL discounts. Flash your CDL and you might get some discounts!
Not only that, most truck stops offer rewards cards and loyalty programs. These are usually free to sign up, and you can get a lot of discounts on many things such as fuel, coffee, food, showers, and more! Take advantage of this opportunity because you can potentially save up for $1,000-$3,000 per year.
4. Use the Free Wifi
Eliminate using so much data on your phone, and use the free Wifi that many public places are offering. It is getting more common to have free Wifi in more places like truck stops, coffee places, and restaurants. Don’t be shy to ask for the Wifi password, and use the free service so you can stay for a while!
5. Cut Down on Laundry
Unfortunately, laundry isn’t cheap on the road as it can take a toll on your wallet. Cut down on laundry expenses by packing more clean clothes so you do not have to use the laundromat multiple times a week. If you pack more clothes, you can have the option to wash all your clothes at once.
At US Cargo Control, we appreciate all the work truck drivers do. We know it’s not easy, but we thank you for continuing to drive America forward. If you have any questions about the products we carry, give our team of experts a call at 800-404-7068.