When it comes to strapping, there are two main types: hand grade and machine grade. Both have their pros and cons, so which one is right for you? In this blog post, we’ll discuss the differences between hand grade and machine grade strapping, and help you decide. If you need help purchasing strapping or strapping tools contact us today. Or see our [Polypropylene Strapping] here and our [Poly Strapping Tools] here.
Defining Hand Grade & Machine Grade Strapping
Hand-grade strapping is a type of polypropylene strapping that is typically used when manually applying tension to a load. It comes in various widths and thicknesses, and it is usually wound onto a spool so that it can be easily dispensed.
On the other hand, machine-grade strapping is a type of polypropylene strapping designed to work with automatic strapping machines. Like hand-grade strapping, it comes in a variety of widths and thicknesses, though it is typically thinner and more flexible than hand grade strapping.
Hand-Grade Strapping Pros & Cons
- Hand-grade strapping is best for smaller loads – If you’re looking for a low-cost strapping solution for smaller or lighter loads, hand-grade strapping is the best option. Businesses that are shipping smaller, lighter items on a regular basis won’t have a need for machine-grade polypropylene strapping.
- Hand-grade strapping doesn’t require upfront investment – Unlike machine-grade strapping, which requires the purchase of specialized machines, hand-grade strapping is a low-cost option that you can use right away.
- Manual strapping is lightweight and portable – Because it only requires hand tools, hand-grade strapping is lightweight and easily transported.
- The main disadvantage of hand-grade strapping in manual labor – which can be time-consuming and labor-intensive.
Machine Grade Strapping Pros & Cons
- Machine-grade strapping requires more upfront cost – If you’re shipping large or heavy items on a regular basis, machine-grade strapping is likely a better option. This type requires a larger investment, but it is more cost-effective in the long run as it can be used for a wide range of applications and lower the cost of labor.
- There are also semi-automatic options available – that are affordable and easy to use and maintain.
- Machine grade strapping is recognized as faster and easier to use – but it is also difficult to repair if you experience strapping failure.
- Machine-grade strapping may not always be perfect for smaller items – or shipments that are less frequent.
- The main disadvantage of machine-grade strapping is that it requires specialized machines – which can be expensive and difficult to maintain.
Making a Decision
Whether you’re looking for a low-cost, lightweight option or something more robust and durable, hand-grade strapping and machine-grade strapping each have their own unique strengths.
Ultimately, the decision will depend on your specific needs. But regardless of what you decide, Vulcan Wire has the right strapping solution for your business.
Polypropylene strapping & banding is easily available on our website. And for your machine-grade strapping needs, simply reach out! We’ll talk about your specific situation to send you exactly what your business needs.