If you’re looking to invest in a strapping tool, it’s likely you run a warehousing business or ship products in some way. You’ll understand then how important it is that the product is reinforced, fastened, or bundled together correctly to prevent it from getting damaged. It’s also crucial of course to stablise it to prevent items falling from a pallet or being damaged due to friction or rubbing.
Strapping solves all of these issues. There’s a range of options available when you’re choosing a strapping material. There are four types: steel, polypropylene, cord, and polyester. But when it comes to choosing the tools you need to use the strapping product, there’s lots of options and it can get confusing and overwhelming.
If you don’t understand what you need, you can easily pay too much for a tool or even buy an item that’s not suitable for the strapping you’re using. This is annoying, but can also have safety implications, so it shouldn’t be taken lightly. There are some features and characteristics you can look for that will make your decision easier to make.
Ask yourself the following key questions before you go ahead and buy.
How portable do my tools or machine need to be?
If you want your setup to be as portable as possible, then keep in mind the size of it. Smaller is better when you’re looking at the portability of a machine but keep in mind that the machines still needs to be large enough to apply sufficient force. This will impact the efficiency of the strapping process. It may be better to go for a bigger machine and make more flexible storage arrangements.
How important is safety for me?
‘Very important’ should be the answer. Buying strapping tools that aren’t safe to use can injure your staff. When your employees are off work, your productivity slows, but there’s another reason this can hurt your bottom line. An injured employee is likely to sue you if you haven’t adhered to the correct health and safety regulations. Your compensation bill or regulatory fines will be a lot higher than investing your money in a quality tool for your business.
What do I need it for?
The frequency you need to pack items is probably the most crucial thing to determine. Then, of course, you need to consider constraints like the size of an item you want to secure. It’ll be worthwhile to explore how the newest technologies will impact the efficiency, power, and speed of the process. Newer models come with many improvements and features that could actually reduce your maintenance and staff overheads.
These are other factors that’ll affect the items you invest in. Consider the following:
- What is the product you need to secure, and how much does it weigh?
- Is the load dynamic or static?
- Will the items that are being shipped need to tolerate harsh weather conditions, and how long will it need to be strapped for?
- Is it more viable for you to use manual tools or would an automated machine suit your team and needs better?
- Will the strapping be done manually with tools, or will it be done automatically with a machine?
How much can I afford?
You’ll need to take a close look at your budget when you’re buying new equipment. There’s no getting around it. Do the homework you need on the different brands and models and don’t be tempted to choose an item simply because it’s cheaper. Choose the best quality product you can afford.
There are numerous options to choose from to suit your needs. They include:
- Manual, low-cost hand tools that are used to cut the strapping and seal the ends around carton or pallet.
- Semi-automatic Strapping Machines and automatic strapping machines. Strapping machines also have the benefit of cutting down on waste.
- Strapping Power Tools are a very versatile option. They’re useful for odd-shaped products and are handheld.