A General Primer on Truck Cargo Nets

by Adriana J. Noton - Date: 2010-11-19 - Word Count: 535 Share This!

In modern highways it is quite rare to see truck cargo nets in action, this is because they are usually used in more inaccessible areas or far flung places. Cargo nets help stow cargo properly, particularly loose cargo which can come in sacks such as cement and animal feeds. They also prevent spillage of sorts should a sack burst, depending of course on how fine the mesh is interwoven.

In most highways with strict cargo stowage regulations, one can get a ticket if a truck cargo net is not used, particularly if it is loose cargo. What characterizes and differentiates cargo nets are the mesh sizes of each one. Certain mesh sizes will be used for different types of cargo. Likewise these nets come in a variety of sizes.

Cargo nets as a standard always come with a rope border and rope tails on all four corners for better stowage and a more secure tie down. Some nets, depending on make and application do not have these rope tails. This is due to the fact that some nets have to cover more irregular surfaces and thus rope tails are not necessarily needed on the corners.

As a rule most, the standard for mesh sizes in truck cargo nets are one and three fourth inches square. In fact some truck cargo nets have sports applications such as hockey rink barrier netting to stop wayward pucks . Some are even used on driving ranges for golf balls to protect passersby in getting hit. In this case what is labelled as a cargo net is actually used as a sports safety net. These nets can also likewise be used as safety nets for high wire acts in circuses due to their resilience.

When buying a cargo net you have to make sure that not only is the material sturdy but weather resistant as well. This is important as you will re use this item over and over again so you need something that should last a few years. Although they come in various materials, the most popular and recommended are made out of polyethylene.

The prices of cargo nets which are used for load securement varies according to use and size. Thus the bigger the size you can expect it to be much more expensive. Sometimes the mesh size can also affect pricing, the smaller the mesh the higher the price.

A rule of thumb however is that the smallest sizes of around ten feet square to 14 feet square with varying dimensions within one can get for less than one hundred dollars. So for a net that covers anything from between 100 feet square and 200 feet square, then do not spend more than one hundred dollars for it. Keep this in mind when going out to shop around for a load net.

Finally when you do purchase a cargo net, the most important thing for it is stowage. Try to stow in neatly by folding it and placing in a dry storage area to avoid mold and fungus growth. Make sure it is always dry and clean also to avoid it from creating a smell and from stiffening up. Doing this will ensure you can use the net for a longer period of time.

As Load Securement nets become the topic of discussion in today's safety-conscious society, tougher Cargo Securement regulations are already being adopted in many provinces and states throughout North America. It is important to choose the right company with the experience and ability to produce Cargo Nets and Load Securement products that meet those needs.n
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