Steel is one of the most recycled materials, with every two out of three tons of new steel being made from recycled stock and byproducts. However, if you don’t use your strapping tools properly, you may end up with wasted products and ineffective strapping. Working with metal strapping requires a number of tools to get the job done correctly. If stainless strapping isn’t tightened, sealed, or cut in the proper way, you could put your employees, customers, product, and related equipment at risk. So what are some of the tools you need? We’ve put together a brief overview below.
Traditional Hand Tools
When it comes to handheld strapping tools, many businesses choose to go the traditional route. In general, you’ll use a tensioner to tighten the straps, a sealer to seal them off, and shears to cut them. Traditional hand tools are heavier and are a bit more difficult to work with. No matter whether you’ll be using single-notch or double-notch stainless strapping tools, you’ll need to know the right way to use them for the sake of both efficiency and safety.
You don’t necessarily have to conform to traditional tools. Cordless pneumatic tools are a lot less bulky, and these tools can cut down on wasted time during the metal strapping processes. They take a lot less effort to use and are generally thought to be a bit more accurate and efficient. These tools use air pressure to perform their functions, and this method is especially beneficial when working with steel strapping seals that are positioned in awkward ways or with high-volume shipments.
You can also use battery-operated tools for your steel strapping needs. One of the benefits of using battery-powered tools over pneumatic tools is that you won’t have to deal with the costs of compressed air. Plus, many of these tools offer greater performance and even one-button operation, cutting down on required effort and increasing productivity. These tools can be particularly helpful in heavy duty applications.
Ultimately, every kind of tool — whether it’s a sealer, a cutter, or a tensioner — will likely come with its pros and cons. While traditional tools have been successfully used for years, newer options come with increased efficiency; that said, costs and other concerns may keep some businesses from using them. To find out more about the type of strapping tools and kits we offer, get in touch with us today.