Whether you are personally or professionally transporting tools, shipments, and equipment, it is critical that no damage will occur at any time during transit. Doing so saves all stakeholders from spending money unnecessarily.
Specific equipment that assists in securing cargo during transport include the following:
- Ratchet straps are fasteners utilized to secure and support cargo of varying weights and sizes. These are used by threading the strap through the mandrel. The ratchet is then cranked anew in order to tighten it. The strap is released by pressing the release tab and opening the ratchet.
- Cam buckles are tie-down equipment used to support and secure fragile cargo such as small antiques, ceramic objects, or glass. These buckles are used by opening and depressing the cam mechanism. The strap is then threaded through the buckle’s bottom and pulling the strap to the preferred tension prior to the cam’s release. Doing so properly secures the strap. Cam buckles are not used for large loads since its tension is based on how tightly a user pulls the strap.
- Over-center buckles are tie-down equipment used to transport small objects that require to be held in place during a prolonged period. These are made of a base and lever arm where a strap is wound through anytime the fastener is open. Once the slack is pulled out of a strap, the buckle assembly is then closed thereby adding tension to the strap and locking it firmly in position. Over-center buckles are used to secure car batteries, boxes, gas cans.
Though these items have proven themselves as effective cargo control solutions, the E-track stands out as a more viable option for secure, long-term cargo control.
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The facts you need to know about E-Track
E-track consists of lengthy high-strength 12-gauge steel rails with numerous anchor points. Their function is to support tie-down equipment. Usually, an E-track is installed within enclosed storage trailers, Toronto Trailers, dry van semi-trailers, or cargo vans.
They can be easily installed to floors and a trailer wall’s interiors due to their versatility. E-track fittings are highly specialized. They, therefore, allow cargo control equipment to snap quickly in place in order to align with the size of the cargo being hauled.
- Horizontal E-track carries slots that perpendicularly run to the track rail. This design allows the E-track to have more anchor points for each foot. Once these are mounted to a wall, an equipment is sure to be properly secured.
- Vertical E-track carries attachment points that traverse parallel with the rail. Compared to the horizontal track, the vertical E-track has a narrow profile. The D-rings can then be mounted to the floor in a perpendicular manner.
E-track offers a slew of varying lengths to suit your needs. Lengths are available in 2’, 5’, 8’, 10’. E-track singles are also available for those who intend to use it as a piece of single equipment or as a tow dolly strap.
Most E-track possess a hot-dip galvanized finish or a powder-coated finish that prevents them from being corroded.
E-tracks are able to function with various tie-down accessories such as ratchet straps, cam straps, J-hook fittings, rope tie-offs, D-ring fittings, roller idler fittings. Other methods to keep large quantities of cargo secure are through wood end sockets and shoring beams.
The difference between an E-Track and L-Track
Compared to the more lightweight and aluminum-made L-track, the E-track is more high strength and heavy-duty. Though the former is able to function with any type of trailer or vehicle, it is best used with a pick-up track bed.
An E-track needs to be correctly measured and securely installed by screwing it in the wall studs and floor studs of your storage trailers, Toronto Trailers, or van. Specifically, self-tapping #14 screws are ideal for attaching E-tracks onto studs. If you intend to drill through a floor made of thick plywood, using a 1-1/2” E-track hex bolts is best. To achieve a stronghold, the E-track must be installed in a level and straight manner.
The following are helpful tips to consider when installing E-Track:
- The E-Track allows items such as furniture to be securely tied down while in transit
- It is critical for E-track rails to be properly mounted as failure to do so will keep the system ineffective
- Time and diligent effort needs to be invested when installing E-Track rails as they need to support the cargo’s entire weight
- Modern storage trailers or Toronto trailers possess grooves which run the length of the walls and floor. These are specially designed to be used for E-track straps
- E-Track straps possess ratings that indicate the weight they have the capacity to handle. Being aware of a strap’s limitations prior to purchasing and using them is necessary
- Though ropes are considered as an alternative to E-Track straps, they do not offer the same benefits. Rope requires effort, time, and forethought. Rope users also need to know how to tie various types of knots
Due to the E-Track’s built-in ratcheting system, they are considered far superior than other tie-down methods. Their efficiency in loading and unloading cargo makes them a must-use cargo control solution.