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Your Choice of Bungee Straps Matter

Our regular customers know that Mytee Products carries heavy-duty bungee straps made with 100% EPDM rubber. They also know that EPDM bungee straps are ideal for flatbed trucking, where straps are expected to withstand a tremendous amount of punishment day in and day out. In light of that, we want to use this post to point out that your choice of bungee straps really does matter. As a truck driver, it would be a good idea to choose a bungee strap that is appropriate for the kind of work do.

 

There are basically three kinds of bungee straps you can buy:

• Natural rubber
• EPDM rubber
• Nylon wrapped rubber.

The first two options were detailed in a Mytee Products blog post a while back. At the time we excluded the Nylon wrapped rubber. We feel it is time to include that third option now that it is more readily available at DIY stores.

Natural vs. EPDM Rubber

When Charles Goodyear first developed vulcanized rubber in the mid-19th century, it revolutionized the way natural rubber would be used for industrial and manufacturing purposes. His vulcanization process led to the development of rubber car tires along with an extensive list of utilitarian items such as hoses, gaskets, and belts. Natural, vulcanized rubber was critical to the war effort in World War II as well.

As a material for bungee cords, natural rubber is strong and fairly resilient. It holds up well in most kinds of weather with the exception of excessive heat. High temperatures and direct sunlight can cause natural rubber to lose some of its elasticity.

EPDM rubber is a synthetic product that was created to make up for the severe shortage of rubber during World War II. It proved to be a better material for a lot of different uses, and it is the predominant form of rubber used today. Most of the bungee straps truckers use are EPDM rubber.

The strength of the EPDM is that it holds up exceptionally well in hot temperatures and under direct sunlight. But unlike natural rubber, it does not do well in extremely cold temperatures. Cold EPDM is prone to getting brittle and breaking or tearing.

Nylon Wrapped Rubber

Nylon wrapped rubber bungee cords are those cords you see being sold in different colors. Some are red, others are blue, and still others are yellow or green. The most important thing you need to know about these bungee cords is that they are not suitable for the trucking industry. They are intended primarily for light-duty use.

Campers and hikers love nylon wrapped rubber because it is very flexible and easy-to-use. It is great for securing a camping tarp or attaching a sleeping bag to a backpack. However, nylon wrapped rubber is not sufficient for holding down truck tarps at speeds approaching 60 mph.

You should also know that nylon wrapped rubber is not nearly as thick and it has a significantly lower tensile strength. Attempting to secure truck tarps with these kinds of bungee cords is asking for trouble. Do not use them for anything other than light-duty applications not involving cargo control.

We Have Bungee Straps and Rope

The good news for Mytee Products customers is that we have all the EPDM bungee straps and rope you need. You don’t have to go anywhere else to keep your truck well-stocked. You can buy bungee straps in packs of 50, with or without crimped hooks. We also carry rubber rope hooks ideal for drivers who want to construct their own bungee ropes when more length is required.


5 Interesting Facts about Bungee Straps

As you make your way around the Mytee website looking for flatbed truck tarps and other cargo control supplies, you will undoubtedly come across our bungee straps with crimped hooks attached. These are great tools for quickly securing a tarp or adding that little bit of extra force needed to keep a load in place. In fact, bungee straps are so versatile that the average truck driver can find dozens of uses for them.

 

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Bungee straps and cords have been around for decades. We use them for a multitude of purposes which would make it difficult to find the next best option. Having said that, below are five interesting bungee strap facts you may not be aware of.

1. Bungee Straps Are Used on Smaller Aircrafts

Long before bungee jumping ever became a sport, bungee straps were used to provide lightweight support for the undercarriages of airplanes. Believe it or not, bungee straps were used for this very purpose during World War I. They held the aircraft undercarriage firmly in place while adding minimal weight to the package. That was important in the early days of flight. Even today, owners of small private aircraft still use the straps to firmly secure undercarriage panels.

2. Bungee Straps and Cords Are Not the Same Things

We use the terms interchangeably, but bungee straps are technically different from bungee cords. The bungee strap is a solid piece of EPDM rubber with eyes molded into both ends, through which crimped hooks can be inserted. A bungee cord consists of one or more elastic strands encased in a cotton or polypropylene sheath. The hook on the end is molded from steel and crimped to the cord securely. Bungee straps offer more strength while bungee cords excel in the elasticity department.

3. Bungee Straps Are Great for Absorbing Shock

In applications where both cargo control and shock absorption or necessary, bungee straps are a great tool. The EPDM rubber used to make high-quality commercial straps is an energy absorbent material that is far superior to steel or iron chains. It also responds better when subject to extra stress, like excessive wind. The shock absorption properties of bungee straps make them very attractive to flatbed truckers.

4. Bungee Straps Can Be Used to Launch Gliders

If you were to look in an old Oxford English Dictionary from the late 1930s or early 40s, you would notice a listing for “bungee launching.” This term was used to describe launching a glider using a bungee strap. This ingenious method of getting gliders into the air made it possible to get airborne without the need of a tow vehicle or a cliff that could present a problem in the event of no lift. Similarly, steel cables that are functionally similar to bungee straps are sometimes used today to slow gliders when they need to be landed in limited space.

5. Bungee Straps Can Be Used to Make Furniture

We mentioned earlier that bungee straps are versatile enough to be used for an unlimited number of purposes. A case in point is outdoor deck furniture. Lightweight bungee straps now take the place of older vinyl straps to create furniture that is equally strong and attractive.

Our customers are likely to use bungee straps for primarily cargo control. However, even flatbed trucker can find other uses for his/her supply of straps. Here at Mytee Products, we always make sure to have a full inventory of bungee straps so that our customers never run out. We know truckers couldn’t bear to live without an ample supply – in different sizes – on board.


EPDM Rubber Bungee Straps

Those black, rubber bungee straps truckers use to secure tarps are so easy to find that they are often taken for granted. However, did you know that the modern bungee strap is a relatively new invention? It hasn’t been around that long when you consider that a French scientist invented the first artificial rubber polymer in the 1870s. What he learned about synthetic rubber more than 130 years ago paved the way for creating the flexible, durable, and easy-to-use bungee straps that are common find in the modern marketplace.

It turns out that synthetic rubber was developed largely in response to the needs of the burgeoning auto industry in the early 20th century. Natural rubber was expensive to produce and not very durable for things such as car tires. Making matters worse were the first and second world wars, two eras in which rubber was hard to come by.

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In the years following World War II, discoveries on a variety of synthetic rubber products were made that would have various uses. One of those products was something known as ethylene propylene diene monomer (M-class) (EPDM) rubber, the rubber used to make bungee straps.It is an ideal kind of rubber for a multitude of products, including bungee straps and roofing materials.

Strengths of EPDM Rubber

EPDM rubber is an ideal material for bungee straps because it is resilient to hydraulic fluids, alkalis, and ketones. It is popular with truckers because of its extreme weather resistance. EPDM rubber holds up as well in subfreezing temperatures as it does in extremely warm temperatures and bright sunshine.

Imagine trying to tie down a canvas tarp using ropes during the middle of winter. The average trucker would have to go without gloves in order to get a good, tight knot. Nevertheless, with rubber bungee straps, you just hook the strap and go. It is quick, it is easy, and you can do it while still wearing your gloves.

Challenges of EPDM Rubber

As great as EPDM is for rubber bungee straps, it does have a few albeit minor challenges. Most of them arise due to the fact that EPDM it is a polymer made from petroleum byproducts. This means it is susceptible to damage from certain kinds of solvents and acids, gasoline, oil and kerosene. Truckers have to be very careful about using these substances near bungee straps.

Due to the flexibility of EPDM rubber, they perform best when used with other products to secure cargo in place. That is where webbing straps and chains come into play. Bungee straps are usually suitable for keeping tarps in place during transit.

Mytee carries several different sizes of manufactured EPDM rubber bungee straps with galvanized steel hooks. We also carry solid core rubber rope that truckers can bought in bulk and cut into customized sizes. Rubber rope hooks are available for use with this rope as well.

Thanks to some creative scientists looking for a better alternative to natural rubber, we now have EPDM synthetic rubber and products made from it. 130 years ago, who knew how vital synthetic rubber would be to the trucking industry in the 21st century?