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

New Products: 3″ Ratchet Straps & 4″ Ratchet Straps

4" Ratchet Strap with D-ring from US Cargo Control
4″ Ratchet Strap with D-ring

Our selection of tie down straps continues to grow, this time in our 3″ ratchet straps and 4″ ratchet straps categories.

We’ve added more than 100 new straps in four different color choices (blue, red, green, and yellow) and a range of lengths. End fittings include wire J-hooks, chain extensions, and flat hooks. Our 4″ ratchet straps are also available with D-ring fittings.

Benefits of our 3″ ratchet strap and 4″ ratchet strap

Stronger webbing

Our 3″ tie downs are manufactured with a polyester webbing that has a break strength of 20,000 lbs., which is usually only found in 4″ straps. This means you get the webbing strength and abrasion-resistance in a slimmer, less bulky tie down.

Need a 4″ ratchet strap with even more strength? Check out our line of heavy duty BlackLine 4″ ratchet straps, which are manufactured with a 24K webbing.

3″ x 40′ Ratchet Strap with Flat Hooks from US Cargo Control
3″ x 40′ Ratchet Strap with Flat Hooks

Color choices

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3″ Ratchet Strap with Wire Hooks

While yellow is the traditional color for ratchet straps and other tie downs, we also stock green, red, and blue straps. These are perfect if you’d like to coordinate them with the colors of a truck, or a company logo for a professional look. Our 4″ straps are also available in the gray/black combination of our BlackLine straps. Custom colors are also available by calling our sales team.

4" Chain Extension Ratchet Straps with Grade 70 Transport Chain
4″ Chain Extension Ratchet Straps with Grade 70 Transport Chain

Hardware

Flat hooks have a powder coat finish and a defender at the slot opening. This design protects the webbing at the point of contact, which reduces wear and tear and increases the working life of the tie down.

Wire hooks are extremely versatile because their slimmer profile can be used in a variety of tie down points- even those where a traditional flat hook won’t fit.

Chain extensions are manufactured with grade 70 transport chain for exceptional strength.

 A D-ring option on our 4″ ratchet straps are also excellent for easily and quickly attaching the strap to nearly any type of hook installed on the wall or floor of a trailer. D-rings are forged for long life and high strength.

Our ratchet assemblies feature a handle that’s slightly longer and wider so it’s easier to grip and more comfortable when ratcheting into place. All of our metal hardware pieces- including the ratchets- have a yellow zinc coating for protection from weathering.

Custom ratchet straps are always an option.
Custom ratchet straps are always an option.

We’re happy to be able to offer a wider selection of products, and always welcome suggestions from our customers. And as with all of our tie downs, custom straps are always available, whether it be a special length, color, ratchet style, or hooks. Give our sales team a call at 866-444-9990 to learn more or to place an order. 

US Cargo Control Team Welcomes Governor Branstad

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Tim Guenther,
President & CEO

We were thrilled to recently welcome a special guest to tour our US Cargo Control facilities. Iowa governor Terry Branstad visited our office and warehouse at the end of February.

A group of local residents invited the governor to come and see the growth we’ve experienced over the past year with the development of our tie down straps manufacturing division.

Governor Branstad toursour warehouse area
Governor Branstad tours
our warehouse area

Governor Branstad’s visit was an exciting way to highlight the one year mark of our sewing and assembly group. In early 2013, we began our operation with just a few employees and minimal equipment. Now, 14 months later, we’ve added 50 people to our staff, and manufacture thousands of ratchet straps, cam straps, and other tie downs each day.

SewingWe knew the benefits of this venture would be huge since we could now better control the quality of our products, as well as better control the timeline of offering new products to our customers. But the opportunity to create jobs for local residents right here in our community has been one of the most rewarding.2M3A1835

Having the governor come and take note of what we’re accomplishing was an excellent confirmation that we’re doing the right things- for our customers, our employees, our community, and our economy.

-Tim

2013 Holiday Gift Guide for Men from US Cargo Control

We know it can be hard to find us guys a great gift…so we thought we’d help offer up a few ideas since our US Cargo Control website has a lot of items men would like to add to their “collections.”

Presenting our top five great gifts for men:

2" ratchet strap from USCargoControl.com

This 2″ x 18′ Ratchet Strap is a great all-purpose ratchet strap. With a universal wire hook end fitting, a working load limit of 3,335 lbs. and an assembly break strength of 10,000 lbs., it will hold down most anything.  This would work for strapping down ATVs, large motorcycles, even cars on a trailer.  Two straps make a great gift, but pick up four for that Dad of the Year recognition. Coming in at $12.99 each, it’s a great deal. To see more tie downs, see check out this page on our website: Ratchet straps and tie downs.

 

image of TeamStrap moving strap from USCargoControl.com

Moving straps are an ingenious invention. If the guy you are buying for ever needs to move something big and heavy, TeamStrap Furniture Moving Straps is the way to go.  A time saver, and a back saver, it’s designed to make the strong muscles of the body take the brunt of the lifting and saves the back in the process.  They are priced at a fraction of the cost of a chiropractic adjustment at just $19.95.  A couple of similar options are also available, you can see them on this page: Moving straps and mover bands.

 

2345-moving-blanket-supreme-mover-cotton-blanket-sold-ind_1_375 Staying in the moving theme – no guy should be without a few moving blankets. These can be used to move large pieces of furniture, to protect and cover items in transport – or just left in the back of the car or truck for a great last-minute cover when hunting, tailgating, etc.  These are so strong – one customer shared how he used one to move a 1200 lbs. safe across a cement floor, after the moving dolly broke.  This super strong supreme moving blanket is only $17.99, and other lighter weight options are also available here: Moving blankets and moving pads.

 

image of recovery strap / tow strap from USCargoControl.com

Always topping the list as an absolute must-have: the 2″ x 20′ recovery strap.  O.K., now we’re getting serious. Some people also call this a tow strap – either way, they are awesome and if the guys you’re buying for have a truck…they need to have one of these.  It’s mandatory to keep their man card.  These are a steal at $26.99.  If you do decide on the recovery strap…don’t forget to add a couple of shackles, he will need them to attach to the strap when pulling cars and trucks out of the ditch in the winter – or mud in the summer.

 

image of motorcycle tie downs from USCargoControl.com

If you have a motorcycle guy on your list – check out the 4 point motorcycle tie down anchor kit.  This will allow him to mount some small anchor points in his truck bed or trailer floor so hauling the motorcycle is  a breeze.  This kit comes will all the hardware to install it too – as well as four complete straps and soft loop handle bar straps.  This is a great all-inclusive kit for the guy who rides- all under $90. We’ve got more kit options, plus individual straps and other accessories on our Motorcycle tie downs page.

 

And there you have it- five great gift ideas for guys on your list. But here’s the best part- if you’re not exactly sure what you need, give our sales team a call at 866-444-9990. They’ll be more than happy to help you. Happy shopping!

 

How to Use an Endless Ratchet Strap

An endless ratchet strap is designed to bundle or band items together, so it’s great for use on a pallet, moving dolly, etc.  Sometimes called “endless loop ratchet straps” or just an “endless strap,” they’re available in a variety of widths, lengths, and colors.

Because a ratchet can be tensioned tightly, it’s a good idea to add corner protectors if you’re strapping together loads that may have delicate or crushable edges. Another option to consider for more fragile loads is an endless cam buckle strap since a cam buckle cannot be over-tightened the same way a ratchet strap can.

1.) Feed the strap through the bottom of the pallet, keeping the strap going the same direction as the fork truck tines. This will prevent the strap from being damaged by the tines.

2.) Bring the loose end of the strap over the top of the pallet and feed the webbing onto the mandrel take up spool of the ratchet. Pull the extra webbing through so that the slack is out of the strap. Failure to perform this step will result in too much webbing being spooled onto the take-up spool and will cause it to jam before the strap is fully tightened. In severe cases you will damage the ratchet assembly and/or you will have to cut the webbing off.

3.) Place corner protectors as needed over the edges of the cargo. This is especially useful if you have cardboard boxes or fragile cargo that will cave in or break when the strap is tightened. Corner protectors are also good for protecting the strap from abrasive cargo such as bricks to increase their life expectancy.

4.) Once you’ve removed the extra slack from the strap, you can begin to ratchet it down to your desired tension.

For more information or to purchase products in this video, click on the links below:

 

New 2″ Ratchet Straps Now Available

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Have you checked out our 2″ ratchet straps page recently? We’ve not only added 150 new 2″ ratchet straps, we’ve also created several new categories to make it easier to find what you’re looking for. Our larger categories such as flat hook ratchet straps– are now also in an easy-to-use list and color buttons take you right to other color options.

Most of the product additions come from new colors and lengths, but we’ve also added new fittings and ratchet options based on the suggestions we hear from our customers.

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2″ Stainless Steel Ratchet Strap

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2″ Military Ratchet Strap

Stainless steel ratchet straps and military ratchet straps are two examples. We’re happy to be able to offer customers what they need.

Our new sewing and assembly department is also playing a big part in this overhaul of the 2″ tie downs category. Because we’re building our straps on-site and not having to import them from China, we’re able to offer a wider variety of options, with absolute quality guaranteed.

This major 2″ ratchet straps re-vamp is just the beginning of new products we’ll be adding to our overall tie down category. Next up: more endless ratchet straps and new l-track / logistic track products.

Let us  know what products you’d like to see us add to the website. Reply here, shoot us an email at: customerservice@uscargocontrol.com or give us a call: 866-444-9990 (toll-free).

How to Use a Ratchet Strap

Some of the most common questions we receive from our customers are about the use of a ratchet strap. Along with questions about break strengths, working load limits, and safety guidelines, are those about how to use these versatile tie down straps:  “How to thread a ratchet strap,” “How to release a ratchet strap,” or something similar. If you’ve never used one of these versatile tie down straps, assembling one for the first time can be confusing.

You can check out this video about ratchet straps and cam straps, which shows how to put together an assembly. We’ve also created the handy photo demonstration below for quick and easy reference.

All of our ratchet straps are DOT-approved and are manufactured with labels attached that include break strength and work load limit information. They also meet several requirements, including:

  • Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)  guidelines
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations
  • Web Sling & Tie Down Association (WSTDA)
  • California Highway Patrol (CHP)
  • North American Cargo Securement

To see our full line of tie downs, visit our Ratchet Straps & Tie Downs page.

infographic for how to use a ratchet strap

US Cargo Control Begins Product Sewing and Assembly Operations

Tim Guenther, CEO
Tim Guenther, CEO

2013 is shaping up to be an exciting year at US Cargo Control, as we expand our business to include the sewing and assembly of tie-down related products here on site in Iowa.

A little background: we launched the USCargoControl.com website in 2005, selling a line of ratchet straps for the cargo control industry. Over the next eight years, we expanded  the website, adding more categories and products, but tie down straps have always remained a top seller for us.

Last year we saw an opportunity to build assemblies like ratchet straps and cam straps for the US Cargo Control brand rather than outsourcing those products from China. A new warehouse addition was completed in December, and we purchased sewing machines and additional equipment. The new department has been operating since February and we’re already preparing to take on additional volume.

The expansion has been slow so we can ensure our product and safety standards have been met each step of the way, but the process has been a rewarding one. Adding these capabilities allows us to better control quality in house, offer a wider selection to you, our customers, and get those products available to you more quickly. We’ve really enjoyed the challenge of creating this new department and processes, and we’re very happy to be able to bring jobs back to the USA.

As of today, we currently have seven employees on the manufacturing team and have plans to hire another eight part-time employees so we can continue to expand the department. It has been extremely rewarding to see this team grow and tackle challenges. The new capabilities are just a part of what is propelling growth for US Cargo Control; we’re excited to see what the future holds.

-Tim

 

E-Track Fittings

visual of vertical e-trackWhat makes E-track so great is the amount of e-track fittings, tie down straps, ratchet straps, etc. that work with e-track systems. Even simple accessories like a bungee cord or a cargo net are easy to quickly secure when you have an e track system installed in an enclosed trailer or on the floor of an open trailer.

Here, Charlie goes over the basic types of e-track fittings available at US Cargo Control:

E-track fittings and products shown in this video:

Other E-track videos you may be interested in:

How to install e-track

 L-track & E-track: Which Tie Down System is Right for You?

Have questions about e-track fittings, shoring beams or any of our other products? Call our sales team at 866-444-9990, they’ll be glad to help you.

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.

 

How to Use an Endless Cam Buckle Strap

Like ratchet straps, cam buckle straps are great for securing a load. But the method of tightening with a cam buckle strap makes it less likely that you’ll over-tighten and damage cargo. Cam buckles are tightened by pulling the strap rather than with a ratcheting action, so the strap can be tensioned only as tight as your strength allows.

Cam straps are ideal for securing cargo on a pallet, trailer, or in a truck, but they’re also a great all-purpose strap for use around the home, shop, garage, farm, etc. An endless cam buckle strap is a one-piece design so it’s easy to use and to store.

The strap featured in the video below is a 1″ x 15″ endless cam buckle strap, but custom sizes and widths are available by calling our sales team at 866-444-9990.

Tie Down Strap Tag Information: Break Strength and Working Load Limit

Webbing tie down straps like ratchet straps and cam buckle straps should be marked with a tag indicating the break strength and working load limit.Blackline tie down straps from USCargoControl.com

 What does the break strength mean on tie downs?

According to the Web Sling and Tie Down Association (WSTDA), breaking strength is the load in pounds or kilograms at which point any load bearing part of the synthetic web tie down fails.

 What does working load limit mean?

The working load limit, also marked at WLL, is the maximum allowable load assigned to each synthetic web tie down by the manufacturer which is not to exceed one-third of the complete assembly breaking strength. This means a strap with a break strength of 16,200 lbs. would have a WLL of 5,400 lbs.