New Products Alert: Recoil-less Cam Action Lever Binder and Ratchet Chain Binder

The Recoil-less Cam Action Lever Binder and Heavy Duty Ratchet Chain Binder are now available at US Cargo Control

The Recoil-less Cam Action Lever Binder and Heavy-Duty Ratchet Chain Binder are now available on the USCC website!

You can now purchase the Recoil-Less Cam Action Lever Binder in a single quantity or 5-pack, and the Heavy-Duty Ratchet Chain Binder in a single quantity or 4-pack from US Cargo Control. And get this, we are offering a 10% discount for these products from now until January 19th!

The price will be automatically discounted at checkout, so no promotion code is required. Get yours now!

What is a Chain Binder?

A chain binder is a tool used to tighten chain to secure cargo to a trailer for transport. When shopping for chain binders, there are commonly two styles: the ratchet binder and the lever binder.

Recoil-less Cam Action Lever Binder 5/16″ – 3/8″

Lever chain binder
Lever binder lock

This is the first recoil-less cam action lever binder we offer, and this binder is one of the safest lever binders on the market today. Known as a recoil-less safety lever binder, it features a center cam that can rotate freely of the end hooks and its unique design eliminates the whiplash that occurs when the chain tension is released. This allows the lever binder to use leverage to tighten the chain and secure cargo.

The other standard lever-type binders present a safety concern because when you release the binder, it often kicks back and makes it dangerous for your cargo and you. Unlike this recoil-less lever binder, the 360-degree swivel motion handle is super quick, easy to operate, and requires no tools.

Lever type load binder
Load binder

Our lever load binder has a working load limit of 6,600 pounds, compared to standard lever binders’ working load limit of 5,400 pounds. When using this, use our transport chains:

5/16″ Grade 70 Transport Chain

3/8″ Grade 70 Transport Chain

5/16″ Grade 80 Transport Chain

Heavy Duty Ratchet Chain Binder

Heavy duty chain binder
load binder chain

Our Heavy Duty Ratchet Chain Binder is built for durability and maximum strength. These chain binders utilize a ratcheting mechanism to create tension in the chain and secure its load. The forged steel handle offers maximum leverage, while the cam and pawl design allows for easier and faster securement.

It features a ratchet handle and two tension hooks on each end. The ratchet chain binder comes in sizes 5/16″ and 3/8″ and a working load limit of 6,600 pounds. When looking for chains, use the heavy-duty ratchet chain binder with 5/16″ Grade 70 Transport Chain or 3/8″ Grade 70 Transport Chain.

What is the Difference between Grades of Chains?

Source: US Cargo Control

When you’re ready to secure your cargo load with chain binders, go to US Cargo Control or give our sales team a call at 800-969-6543.

Headache Racks: 5 Reasons why your Semi Truck should have one

Headache racks for semi trucks are a smart investment for any serious truck driver looking to maximize their truck’s protection, their own personal protection, or to increase storage and truck accessory options.

 

What is a Headache Rack?

A headache rack is commonly fabricated using aluminum, steel, or stainless steel. They are installed right behind your truck’s cab mainly to protect you and your truck from loose objects that may fly through the back glass. However, this is just one benefit to having a headache rack.

 

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This 70″ wide aluminum headache rack features an E-Z view window for rear window visibility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why is it Called a Headache Rack?

It’s unclear whether the name headache rack originated from the fact that they prevent cargo from flying through and hitting you in the head, or because they help prevent a headache you would experience if your truck is damaged. Another theory is that the rack itself can cause a headache if you are not careful when climbing around the back of your cab.

 

5 Benefits of a Headache Rack

Despite the potential for a self-inflicted head bump, there are 5 huge benefits to installing a truck headache rack.

 

1. Safety

Heavy-duty headache racks are the best way to prevent tools, cargo, or road debris from flying through your rear window and causing damage to your truck or to yourself. Another cool benefit is the fact that headache racks help reflect sunlight, so less heat gets into your cab.

 

2. Hauling Tools

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This 80″ wide heavy-duty headache rack features two locking chain racks and a full tray.

Many semi truck headache racks come equipped with tool racks or trays that allow quick but secure access to your roadside tools and cargo securement supplies. This Merritt® headache rack comes with two locking chain racks and a full tray to keep transport chains secured.

 

3. Mounting Lights

Installing a headache rack on your truck also provides an additional mounting surface for lighting and other accessories. Once the rack is in place, it’s easy to mount LED beacon lights, light bars, warning lights, or even radio antennas.

 

4. Mounting a Toolbox

Even though many semi truck headache racks have storage options built-in, there’s no such thing as too much tool storage. And just like with lighting, a headache rack also provides a sturdy mountable surface for an additional toolbox. Since many semi truck toolboxes have locks, they are a great accessory to have right behind your cab.

 

5. Cool Looking

Last but not least, let’s talk about how cool these headache racks look. A new headache rack adds a fresh look to any truck and can even be powder-coated to color match your rig (if you’re not into the base metallic silver look). They add a more rugged look to your rig, while also serving multiple highly useful purposes.

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Headache racks add a rugged look to your rig and also serve multiple useful purposes.

 

Types of Headache Racks

Headache racks are commonly made of aluminum, steel, or stainless steel (or a composite).

Aluminum headache racks are popular due to their low weight, corrosion resistance, and affordability.

Obviously, stainless will beat aluminum in overall corrosion resistance (ideal for those salty winter roads), but the low weight of aluminum will help keep your rig’s total weight much lower.

 

Secure Ratchet Straps Right with the Good-N-Tight®

Get 3x the leverage with Good-N-Tight®

If you or someone you know is looking for a smarter and safer way to secure ratchet straps, the Good-N-Tight® may be just what you need.

This mechanical ratcheting aid makes proper tensioning of 2″, 3″, and 4″ ratchet straps much easier than doing it by hand. With 3x the leverage, the Good-N-Tight® gives just about anybody the ability to tightly secure cargo loads.

Good-N-Safe with the Good-N-Tight®

The Good-N-Tight®  also makes ratchet strap tightening safer. In fact, one chiropractor recommends it as a tool to prevent injuries. The Good-N-Tight® is thought to reduce the stress put on your body (back, shoulders, and elbows) when tightening portable ratchet straps. Unlike winch bars, the Good-N-Tight®  will not slip out and cause injury.

Not only is it safer for your body, it also ensures your cargo loads are fully secure. This leads to safer roadways for everyone.

Even better, the Good-N-Tight® is tax deductible because it’s considered a safety item!

Made of high-strength polycarbonate plastic, the Good-N-Tight®  weighs just 1.5 pounds. But make no mistake, this product is made in the USA and designed to last.

The Many Uses of the Good-N-Tight®

Besides giving you a mechanical advantage when securing ratchet straps, there are numerous other uses of the Good-N-Tight®  that make it a great investment.

1. Check your tire pressure – Tap your tires with the Good-N-Tight®  to quickly ensure they aren’t low on air. Properly inflated tires will make a loud and sharp thud, while poorly inflated tires make a dull thud.

2. Use it as a hammer – You won’t be able to chisel concrete with it, but if you need to drive a nail or tap something flush in a pinch the Good-N-Tight®  is built solid enough to handle it.

3. Personal protection – Hopefully you won’t ever need it for this but, much like a baseball bat, the Good-N-Tight® can serve as a self-defense tool if needed.

Reflective Tape for Tractor Trailers

 

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Avery Dennison Conspicuity Tape

conspicuity-tapeConspicuity tape is a highly reflective tape that greatly increases nighttime visibility of tractor trailers and other large vehicles. It’s also sometimes called DOT tape because of federal laws that require it for use on semi-trucks.

A general overview of the requirements from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for tractor trailers states:

• Tractors must have alternating white and red tape placed on the mud flap brackets, as well as reflective white tape on the upper corners of the rear of the cab.

Reflexite® White Curved Conspicuity Tape for Tankers
Reflexite® White Curved Conspicuity Tape for Tankers

• Trailers must have alternating white and red tape placed on the bottom of the doors, on each side, and on the rear impact guard (ICC bar). Two pieces of white tape must also be on the rear upper corners (rounded strips of white tape is available for tankers).

For full guidelines, visit the FMCSA website.

A visual guide to placement of tape is also available in this PDF Conspicuity Requirements for Commercial Motor Vehicles:

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While conspicuity tape is not required on smaller trailers such as horse trailers, or other livestock, recreational, etc. trailers and vehicles, it’s always a good idea to be as visible as possible, especially in the event of lighting failure while on the road. And because it’s available in individual strips, it’s an easy and economical way to increase safety for yourself and other drivers on the road.

You can see our full line of conspicuity reflective tape here: Reflective Conspicuity Tape.

And check out this post for even more ideas for conspicuity tape uses: 6 Handy Uses for Reflective Tape.