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Zip Ties

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Yellow Pig, Jan 14, 2017.

  1. 604Storm

    604Storm Adventurer

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    Thomas Betts by far... with the metal tang

    Any electrical wholesale will have them.... not cheap, but great value!!!
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    Prototype4342 Long timer

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    @16:40
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  3. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    Candidly speaking, I learned not much from this thread as I already knew there are good and bad zip ties, UV, SS locks, etc.. Wally sells many sizes of UV ties in automotive for general use.
    What makes one tie UV resistant while another is not? They "look like" the same plastic?
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  4. Hipster

    Hipster Long timer

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  5. daryl

    daryl Been here awhile

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    They use a UV blocking pigment in resistant ties so only the outer surface is damaged rather than the whole tie.
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  6. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    You fellers on the island are pretty savy! Thanks.
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  7. lesman

    lesman Live easy, Brake Hard

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    So let me get this straight. What's the zip tie for? Is there a preferred color? If it's exposed to the light, you might need to change it out? No preference on strength or size? Is it US or foreign made? Stainless is incredible awesome for any application?
    Have I recapped it correctly. One more thing. You better understand how the color spectrum works before buying zip ties?
    My real 2 cents. I buy whatever is cheapest. I prefer black but I do like the "color" some times. I have never had the instance where "quality " is such an issue. A buddy of mine who uses them on commercial applications will only use a specific US brand. I understand because redo's cost money. Not one person has talked about the most important import tool needed in the Zip Tie World.. Flush diagonal cutters
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  8. shores

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    I have several sets of those at work
    They are also commonly sold as fibre optic cutters as well
    Also have the pandit cable tie gun the snaps it off cleanly and had adjustable tension settings
    It's 40 years old and still works
    We use pandit for all the custom colors and binder slash colors for telecom
    Electrical supply company or pandiuit for bulk
    Cableties.com has good selection and pricing too
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  9. Loufish

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    Why do I use nothing but Thomas & Betts?.....because they are one of the best brand out there!...in fact the name "Ty Raps" is their copyrighted product in the plastic cable tie business. I've been working on motorcycles since I was 12yrs old (I'm now 58) and building race cars since 17...along with general automotive repair and when it comes to high performance vehicles (which I include almost any late model bike) using cheap consumables (cable ties, electrical tape, safety wire, etc) is just plain cheap and that logic has no place for those type of vehicles.
    I just did some math in my head and figured out that the total cost for all my ty-raps might just come to about $2.75...at T&B prices, so if you have the same amount of ties at say Harbor Freight prices that cost drops to about maybe $0.50...So you saved a whole $2.25 on a high performance veh....How do you justify that?
    AND yes I've seen many cheap ties so bad you can't even fully tighten them before they snap...
    I think a lot of guys already know this as "false economy" but this reply is for the guys who work on their own bike but don't have the background and experience that some of us do.
    This is your bike, purchase quality parts... :)
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  10. flashover604

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    Look up DELTEC Cable Support straps. Bribe the local phone guy for some. They're supposed to last twenty years outdoors. We use them to hold telephone cables up and they hold an impressive amount of weight. They're 1/2" wide strap with a head that accepts the strap on each side, so you can make them as long as you want if you buy the strapping in the 50' long roll.
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  11. broncobowsher

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    Looks like the T&B Ty Raps are still the highly regarded ones that were what I found when I looked for the good ones last time as well.
    The flush cut cutters above, get them. Once you cut one off and it isn't an arm slicing razor blade those will be the cutter you ever use.
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  12. Loufish

    Loufish Been here awhile

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    So right about the flush cutters....I found some on Graingers and bought one for every mechanic (8 guys) in my shop....
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  13. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    I swear, you lot can argue about anything... zip-tie colors? Seriously?


    Yep, Ty-Rap are Da Best. It's simply not worth pissing around with lesser items. And yes, flush cutters are mandatory unless you like bleeding.

    Why yes, important parts of my KLR are held together with these.

    For some reason, a local race shop (Earl's down in Speedway, if you're in Indy) has the best prices I've found on these.
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  14. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 Only a matter of time.

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    T&B Ty Raps with the SS tang are the best!

    Nylon 12 is best for UV resistance.

    I don't have any T&B's because the cheapos are good enough for my household use.
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  15. lesman

    lesman Live easy, Brake Hard

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    Another .02 thought, Not one person has mention what ties do the Ladies like? So Ladies, Does it make you sad that your Man will use some 3rd world second rate zip tie when it's Bondage time? Just sayin
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  16. High Octane

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    3M. They make the proffesional stuff.
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  17. lesman

    lesman Live easy, Brake Hard

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  18. lesman

    lesman Live easy, Brake Hard

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    gift wrapping..it's got color, questionable quality
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  19. lesman

    lesman Live easy, Brake Hard

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    Trending hair ties
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  20. lesman

    lesman Live easy, Brake Hard

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