Here’s How Heavy-Duty our BlackLine Ratchet Straps Really Are

Working load limit is 6,670 pounds, assembly break strength is 20,000 pounds, and webbing break strength is 24,000 pounds.

No doubt, the capacity specs on our heavy-duty BlackLine Ratchet Straps sound pretty impressive; but it’s hard to understand the enormity of these numbers without some context.

 

BlackLine 2-Inch Heavy-Duty Ratchet Straps

The smaller of the two available widths, our 2-inch BlackLine straps are available with a flat hook, wire hook, or chain extension end fitting.

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2″ ratchet strap w/ chain extension is available in 30′ lengths
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2″ ratchet strap w/ wire hook is available in 18′ and 30′ lengths
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2″ ratchet strap w/ flat hook is available in 18′, 27′, and 30′ lengths

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They all boast a working load limit of 3,333 pounds and an assembly break strength of 10,000 pounds for each individual strap.

This means that two 2-inch BlackLine tie down straps are able to safely secure weight that’s equivalent to an adult hippopotamus. Not that you would want to tie down a hippopotamus to your flatbed, but you get the idea.

To look at it another way, you could secure the weight of about five speedboats with just two 2-inch BlackLine ratchet straps.

Get yourself four of the 2-inch BlackLine straps and you’ll have a working load limit that is plenty enough for the weight of a Monster Truck, and nearly enough for a helicopter or school bus.

 

BlackLine 4-Inch Heavy-Duty Ratchet Straps

These are the real deal when it comes to heavy-duty ratchet straps. Our 4-inch BlackLine straps are available with all the same end fittings: flat hook, double J wire hook, or with a chain extension.

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4″ ratchet strap w/ chain extension is available in 30′ lengths
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4″ ratchet strap w/ flat hook is available in 30′ lengths
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4″ ratchet strap w/ flat hook is available in 30′ lengths

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All these options have a working load limit of 6,670 pounds and an assembly break strength of 20,000 pounds.

That means that two 4-inch BlackLine tie down straps are rated to handle the weight of an adult male African elephant and nearly enough for the weight of a T-Rex or even a small jet.

If you get four of these straps? You’ll have a working load limit high enough to haul an armored car or the equivalent of about 5 full-size pickup trucks.

 

Why BlackLine Ratchet Straps are so Strong

The break strength of BlackLine ratchet straps is the highest strength available today. This, in turn, is also what makes their working load limit so high. But how is this accomplished?

Other than having extremely strong assembly strength, BlackLine straps have thicker edging compared to other tie-down straps.

The webbing break strength on 2-inch BlackLine straps is 13,000 pounds and a whopping 24,000 pounds on the 4-inch BlackLine ratchet and winch straps.

The webbing is created with a high concentration of fabric, rather than wire or other topical enhancements. This more durable webbing not only provides the extremely high break strength but also promotes a longer strap life.

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In addition, all of the BlackLine straps with flat hook end fittings have a black powder-coated finish for extra protection from corrosion.

 

Plus, we offer heavy-duty 4-inch BlackLine winch straps with the same working load limit and assembly break strength as the BlackLine ratchet straps.

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4″ winch strap w/ flat hook is available in 27′ and 30′ lengths
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4″ winch strap w/ chain extension is available in 30′ lengths

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: While we stand behind the strength of our heavy-duty BlackLine ratchet straps and winch straps (which are all labeled with their working load limit to meet CVSA guidelines, DOT regulations, and WSTDA, CHP and North American Cargo Securement standards) we do not recommend or condone securing animals (extinct or not) to flatbed trailers. Those examples were only meant to demonstrate the insanely high working load limits of our heavy duty BlackLine ratchet straps. Always check to ensure the weight of the cargo you are hauling is within the working load limit of the straps you are using.

 

Customer Photos: BlackLine Winch Straps

marc8 We’re always happy to hear from customers. Thanks to Marc for sending in these great photos of our BlackLine winch straps.

“I found USCC online. Googled best cargo strap and USCC came up. I bought everything that my hot shot rig would need. Everything I bought is extremely high in quality- from the straps and chains to the binders and tarps.marc7

I’ve been moving all types of cargo since 07 and have never seen better quality cargo control products. Since there are so many people getting into hotshot trucking right now there are many questions being asked. A popular question/topic is “What are you guys using to secure your loads?”  This question is asked almost daily. I’m always quick to chime in and rep US CARGO CONTROL. Others agree that you guys are the best. USCC makes my company and I look professional. I have the confidence to pull into any DOT weigh station, inspection area or truckstop and KNOW my load is marc3secure. DOT officers don’t give me a second look after they see that my rig is fitted with high quality securing equipment.

Keep up the good work guys.”

Marc Betancourt
A1 Eagle Ford Transport

 

 

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Customer Review: BlackLine Winch Straps

100_3699This guest post is courtesy of US Cargo Control customer Randy Fischer.

A strap is a strap is a strap, right?  That’s what I used to think.  They’re all basically the same 4″ of poly-something-or-other webbing, with a hook or chain on one end.  Usually colored yellow, for some strange reason.  I always figured it just meant they were all manufactured in the same place and all the different cargo control companies just branded them with their own names and marketed them to truckers, each claiming that theirs was somehow superior to the others.

How can one be any better than another?  They all have the same exact 5,400 lb.Working Load Limit stamped right there on the tag, right?  So I, like most truckers, just bought my straps from whichever place I could find that had the best price.

That’s how I first became aware of US Cargo Control.  They seemed to have better pricing than the “other 100_3702guys.”  I ordered about a dozen straps from them.  I was not disappointed.  They’ve served me well over the years, but alas, they do not last forever.  Invariably, a tiny little tear on the edge of the strap will begin to form.  It doesn’t take long from there.  Once a rip gets started, it will spread rapidly straight across the webbing.  I had a few straps doing this recently and knew it was time to replace them.

Lisa from US Cargo Control asked me if I’d be interested in trying out their new BlackLine series of straps.  Sure…..Why not?  I still didn’t realize how they were any different, other than being a different color.

I was wrong!  These straps are waaaaay stronger!  I’m not exactly sure if it’s the material itself that is so much stronger, or the fact that it has a tighter weave along the edges, some combination of the two, or if they are weaved by little magic elves in the middle of the night while nobody’s around.  I don’t care, all I know is they’re strong.  The specs on the label prove it.  A 24,000 lb. breaking strength?  Incredible!  A 6,670 lb Working Load Limit?  Unheard of!!

100_3698 Sure, they cost a few bucks more than their regular straps, but still cheaper than most of the “other guy’s” plain old yellow straps.  I can’t help but believe they’ll last much, much longer.  It’s not going to be easy for a rip to get started on these puppies.

So, I’m happy to admit that I was wrong.  Not all straps are created equal.  From now on, only BlackLine straps will be appearing on my trailer (after I finish wearing out the rest of my yellow ones).  If you’re a flat-bedder, show the rest of the drivers you mean business, show them you’re a professional, show them you’re a “black belt”!!

-Randy Fischer  (aka:  “Riding Shotgun with Randy” on Facebook)

 

 

Employee Recommendation: BlackLine Heavy Duty Ratchet Straps

Sales Specialist Britni gives her take on BlackLine, our own line of premium, heavy duty ratchet straps. Also available in winch straps; features include:

  • Thicker edging for durability. Created with a concentration of fabric, not wire or other enhancement.
  • 2″ straps with 13,000 lb. webbing.  Higher than typical 12,000 lbs. webbing.
  • 4″ straps with 24,000 lb. webbing.  The strongest available in the industry.

Shop the full line here: Heavy Duty BlackLine Straps

What’s Happening at US Cargo Control

While the big news around US Cargo Control lately has been the completion of our new warehouse addition, a few other exciting things have been taking place over the last few months that we’d like to mention.

Web Sling & Tie Down Association

In October, US Cargo Control became members of the Web Sling & Tie Down Association (WSTDA). The association is a non-profit organization that voluntarily publishes recommended standards, education and training materials, and warnings for businesses in the web sling and tie down industry.

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Tim Guenther, CEO, and Tim Sanders, VP Warehouse Operations, attended the association’s fall meeting, which included presentations and committee meetings on the standards development process for operating manuals, labels, and other warning products.

Guenther says the development of USCC’s newest line of straps, BlackLine, was eye-opening in terms of technical specifications, testing, etc., that go into to ensuring the safety and integrity of tie down products.

“The WSTDA is the gold standard when it comes to equipment testing, manufacturing procedures, and proper end use of web sling and tie down products,” said Guenther. “We’re pleased to be a part of such a great organization that has the best interests of both customers and suppliers in mind.”

The WSTDA includes 116 member organizations, including manufacturers and suppliers of synthetic web slings and tie downs, polyester round slings, synthetic webbing, fibers, thread and related companies throughout the United States and Canada.

US Cargo Control Trailer Set

Our marketing team has also been busy in recent months creating videos about USCC products, with plans in the works to create many more. In order to best show how to install and use the products, we created a mock trailer set-up. Check it out: