Possibly the worst part of strapping pallets by hand is feeding the strap through the pallet frame, and for many years operatives have used a thin stick or cane, split at one end to grip the strap. Some products offer a slight sophistication to this improvisation with a proper metal spring clip on the end of a wand.
Now we all know that hand strapping will never be exciting, but it has certainly become a lot faster and easier with the SFT (strap feed tool, natch) from Safeguard®. This clever little gadget uses aerodynamic design and composite fibre technology to make easy work of an otherwise tedious task.
The SFT has no straight lines or surfaces. This profile means that whichever way you feed it through the pallet and whatever obstacles it may encounter on its journey, it will never snag on runners or feet, disappear through the slats or veer off course. And like a good car it also has light and responsive handling and takes corners in its stride.
The glass fibre guide rod connecting the feed head to the handle is flexible enough to even feed through spaces between closely stacked pallets that are inaccessible by any other means, and with a total length of 1823mm will easily clear the width and length of any standard-sized pallet.
A deep slot in the top of the feed head is lined with rubberised tooth-like grippers that adapt to any thickness of strap and will securely hold anything from corded and extruded plastic to steel, but easily releases it when it emerges from the pallet.
We’re not usually given to hyperbole, but we know that once you’ve used one of these, you’ll never go back to your length of bamboo cane. In fact, we suggest you buy a few while you’re at it, because everyone will be wanting one!
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The SFT, like all Safeguard® strapping products, is available exclusively from Southgate® and its network of approved distributors throughout the UK and across Europe. To find out more about this market-leading brand, call us on +44 (0)1553 69 29 69 or email email@example.com.