When it comes to managing your warehouse and shipping products, there are so many seemingly small elements involved. One thing that deserves more attention is wisely choosing the correct plastic banding tools. Warehouses that purchase the optimal banding tools quickly see a return on their investment with all the time saved. So which plastic banding tool is best for you? That’s what this blog post will be all about.
Let’s get started.
Pneumatic Plastic Banding Tool
Weighing anywhere from 7 to 50 pounds, a pneumatic plastic strapping tool can handle tension ranging from 680 – 1900 pounds. This tool is most suitable with nylon strapping, PET, and PPY. The models currently available manage strap thickness from 0.025 to 0.050 and widths ranging from 3/8″ to 1 1/4″.
Pneumatic tools are recognized for their ergonomic design and low maintenance. They are also used for small and heavy-duty applications. Pneumatic plastic banding tools work great regardless of whether you require a vertical or horizontal position. Another great benefit is that they fare just fine on rough and small surfaces.
Combination tools are also available with the ability to seal, tension, and cut plastic straps with just one machine. Considering the fact that time efficiency and profits are at the forefront of your business goals, this is a particularly useful banding tool.
Battery-Powered Plastic Banding Tool
This type of strapping tool is rising in popularity due to its simplicity and the fact it’s very lightweight. Newer models often last eight hours before needing to be recharged and some even come with an extra battery so there is no downtime during working hours. Furthemore, there are no hoses or cables.
1575 pounds is the average maximum tension for battery-powered plastic strapping tools. But it depends on which one that you get–most can handle strap thickness from 0.031 to 0.060 and strap widths from 1/2″ to 1 1/4″.
Manual Plastic Banding Tool
With the main benefits being its low cost, mobility, and the fact it can strap both vertically and horizontally, manual plastic strapping tools are another good option. Some muscle strength is certainly required when tensioning buckles, seals, and straps.
While it appears simple, this tool is best used for lower volumes due to the many steps that are needed in addition to its weight. It is slower than other options and sometimes you may require multiple tools to successfully tension and close.
However, the takeaway is that this is a good starting tool if your warehouse’s exports are of a low volume. You can invest in a more modern tool later down the road if needed.
If you would like to know how to use your new banding tool, you can check out our recent article here.
Shop Vulcan Wire Today
Regardless of which plastic banding tool seems to be the best fit for your business, Vulcan Wire has you covered. We have been leaders in the industry since 1978, and you can take a look at our shop here. If you have any questions, just give us a call at (510) 887-2495.