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Northern Strands Is Having a Sale On Tow Kits! Tow Strap, Winch Line or Tow Rope Kits Available

We at Northern Strands thought this would be a great time to have a sale on Tow Kits with the huge snowfall Saskatchewan had this week. We wanted to give everyone a deal on recovery straps, winch lines, and tow ropes when they need them the most. Saskatoon was hit particularly hard and many people were stuck and continue to get stuck on residential streets. And you know this won't be the last snow dump we get this winter! 

All of our Tow Kits come with Soft Shackles. Soft Shackles are an excellent lightweight replacement for steel shackles. Many new trucks have tow lugs on the front that you cannot hook to without wrecking your bumper. This type of shackle can also be easily wrapped around difficult pulling points and not scratch vehicle paint. The Soft Shackle is complete with a locking system for ease of use and a slip ring for extra security. Made with high-strength durable. Dyneema Synthetic Rope, the Soft Shackle is constructed with one piece of material. This means that there are no pins that need to be fastened.

ATV WINCH LINE KITS - Each kit includes a Dyneema Winch Line and Soft Shackle

Package 1                                                                                        Retail Price      Sale Price 
3/16" x 50ft ATV Winch Line - Breaking Strength 5,400 LBS
Orange 5/16" Soft Shackles - Breaking Strength 9,300 KG          $        87.50 $         63.00 

Package 2
1/4" x 50ft ATV Winch Line - Breaking Strength 8,600 LBS
Orange 5/16" Soft Shackles - Breaking Strength 9,300 KG          $     101.25 $         74.00 

Package 3
5/16" x 50ft ATV Winch Line - Breaking Strength 13,700 LBS
Orange 5/16" Soft Shackles - Breaking Strength 9,300 KG          $     118.75 $         88.00 

TOW STRAP KITS - Each kit includes a Tow Strap and two Dyneema Soft Shackle

Package 4
2" Green 32,000lbs x 20ft Tow Strap
2 X 1/2" Soft Shackles - Breaking Strength 44,709 LBS          $     164.20   $       115.00 

Package 5
2" Green 32,000lbs x 30ft Tow Strap
2 X 1/2" Soft Shackles - Breaking Strength 44,709 LBS          $     182.40   $       131.70

Package 6
4" Grey 64,000lbs x 30ft Tow Strap
2 X 5/8" Soft Shackles - Breaking Strength 28,900 KG                  $     270.00    $       196.00

DOUBLE BRAID TOW KITS - Each kit includes a Tow Rope and two Dyneema Soft Shackles

5/8" x 30ft Double Braid Tow Rope Eyes Both Ends
2 x 1/2” Soft Shackles - Breaking Strength 44,709 LBS                   $      208.44    $       142.00 

5/8" x 50ft Double Braid Tow Rope Eyes Both Ends
2 x 1/2” Soft Shackles - Breaking Strength 44,709 LBS                   $      224.62    $       158.00 

3/4" x 30ft Double Braid Tow Rope Eyes Both Ends
2 x 1/2” Soft Shackles - Breaking Strength 44,709 LBS                   $      217.90     $       155.00 

3/4" x 50ft Double Braid Tow Rope Eyes Both Ends
2 x 1/2” Soft Shackles - Breaking Strength 44,709 LBS                   $       245.90     $        196.00 

1" x 30ft Double Braid Tow Rope Eyes Both Ends
2 x 9/16” Soft Shackles - Breaking Strength 54,597 LBS           $       285.34     $        199.00 

1" x 50ft Double Braid Tow Rope Eyes Both Ends 
2 x 9/16” Soft Shackles - Breaking Strength 54,597 LBS                 $       334.34       $        235.00 

*While quantities last

SALES ENDS DECEMBER 30, 2020

Visit Northern Strands at any of our three locations:

Saskatoon (Head Office)
3235 Millar Avenue
Saskatoon, SK S7K 5Y3

Hours of Operation: 7:30am to 5:00pm Mon - Fri

Phone: (306) 242-7073
Toll Free: (800) 242-7073


Regina
125 Henderson Drive
Regina, SK S4N 5W4

Hours of Operation: 7:30am to 5:00pm Mon - Fri

Phone: (306) 352-7073
Fax: (306) 352-9112
Toll Free: (800) 242-7073

Email: regina@northernstrands.com

Esterhazy
816 Park Avenue, Esterhazy, SK S0A 0X0

Hours of Operation: 7:30am to 5:00pm Mon - Fri

Phone: (306) 745-4640

Inside Sales Email: cgriffin@northernstrands.com

Northern Strands Has Lowest Sale Prices on Tow Straps and Tow Ropes in Saskatchewan

It's winter in Saskatchewan and it's colder than a Polar Bear's Toe nails! And before winter's done you know you'll have to pull a relative or friend's vehicle out of the snow. Northern Strands has the lowest sales prices on tow straps and tow ropes in Saskatchewan. Northern Strands is one of the largest suppliers of tow straps and tow ropes in Saskatchewan. Not only does Northern Strands supply Construction, Agriculture, and the Mining industries with recovery straps and ropes, we have a rural Dealer network that we supply with recovery straps and ropes. This means we have the buying power to keep our prices the lowest in the province.

Northern Strands Dealer network https://www.northernstrands.com/dealers.aspx









Contact us for pricing today.

Northern Strands locations:

Saskatoon (Head Office)
3235 Millar Avenue
Saskatoon, SK S7K 5Y3
Hours of Operation: 7:30am to 5:00pm Mon - Fri
Phone: (306) 242-7073
Toll Free: (800) 242-7073
Hours of Operation: 7:30am to 5:00pm Mon - Fri

Regina
125 Henderson Drive
Regina, SK S4N 5W4
Phone: (306) 352-7073
Toll Free: (800) 242-7073
sales@northernstrands.com 
Hours of Operation: 7:30am to 5:00pm Mon - Fri

Esterhazy
816 Park Avenue, Esterhazy, SK S0A 0X0
Phone: (306) 745-4640
Email: cgriffin@northernstrands.com
Hours of Operation: 7:30am to 5:00pm Mon - Fri

Need Fall Protection In a Tight Space? Northern Strands Can Provide a Solution

Northern Strands fall protection division was asked to perform an almost impossible task. The goal was to provide fall protection for workers that had to stand on top of food processing equipment to clean long sections of stainless steel.

During the initial onsite assessment, we realized we were going to have multiple issues trying to design a system for this particular area of the plant.  Due to the age and condition of the roof structure, it was going to be difficult to attach any fall protection equipment to the structure of the building.  When attaching any type of fall protection to a building it is imperative that the building can withstand any additional loads put on it which includes the fall protection system itself and any loads applied from a fall that could occur once the system is in use.  Another issue encountered was the fact that the area we were going to be working in had a lot of food processing equipment in a small area. With such a small footprint to work with, we recognized that installing a fall protection system that would best meet the needs of the client would be a difficult task to execute.

Due to the lack of clearance we had in the area we knew that a wire rope lifeline would not be a great fit for this situation as we needed to limit the fall distance a worker would encounter in the case of a fall.  Rigid rail was going to be our best option as it helps with clearance issues and gives the client an option for rescue if a worker were to fall.

Our design team was able to design stanchions that would allow our rigid rail system to cover all the areas that were required by the client and still be large enough to support the fall protection system ensuring the system met and exceeded all applicable industry standards.

The Northern Strands installation crew was able to layout the system so the client was still able to use and maintain all the equipment in the area which was a huge hurdle to cross.  With some very complicated rigging, the crew was able to install the stanchions and fall protection system promptly so the client was able to get up and running in a short amount of time.

The Northern Strands team was happy to take on this challenge and successfully help this client out.  Instead of saying “it can’t be done”, the team dug in and found a way to “get it done”.  Doing whatever we can to help a client stay safe is our number one priority and this was one instance where we had to get creative to meet our goal. Happy clients are always well worth the struggle.

Before the rigid rail system is installed.



After picture with rigid rail system installed



Engineered Fall Protection Division
3235 Millar Ave, Saskatoon SK, S7W 0S8

Dave Perrin - Fall Protection Sales
Fax: (306) 974-5527

Northern Strands Supplies Maxi-Lift Belting, Buckets, and Fasteners for the Agriculture Industry

Northern Strands has had a busy summer supplying after recently being announced as a Maxi-lift Bucket and product Dealer. Northern Strands supplied Agriculture, Oil Seed and Fertilizer companies Belting, Buckets, and fastener accessory packages. We sold product to Richardson Oil Seeds, Cargill, Nutrien Ag solutions, Delia, AB, and FCL Hanley. We worked with Maxi-lift and our Logistics Team to react quickly and turned around complete replacement packages in a few days. We ensured our customers were up and running quickly during their busy time of the year. We understand the Industry and understand how costly down time can be. 

Northern Strands Agriculture Terminal Equipment & Services stock top of the line elevator cups, PVC and rubber belting and Accessory packages to suit the Canadian winters. We are also capable of the installing Maxi-Lift elevator products.

Call for a estimate or take advantage of the 3 for free sample offer on Maxi Lift buckets and see what a superior Bucket cup can do for your bottom line. Maxi lift buckets far outlast the competition.  

Phone: (306) 242-7073

Email: cprogressioner@northernstrands.com

Website https://www.northernstrands.com/agriculture-terminal-equipment-supplies.aspx




Snatch Block Pulley Uses and Benefits

A Snatch Block Pulley is simply a basic pulley that can be used to redirect a running rope or wire rope. Snatch blocks have to be one of the most commonly overloaded pieces of rigging equipment that we sell, and it often comes down to a lack of understanding the fundamentals of how they work. The reason for it is simple: most people tend not to know that the angle at which a snatch block redirects a line directly affects how much force the anchor point of the block will see. 

The best way to envision this phenomenon is to start by imagining a line passing straight through the snatch block. In this unusual (and useless) arrangement, the snatch block will see no force whatsoever because again, the line is just passing straight through it. Now imagine pulling on the snatch block so that it redirects the line at a 90° angle. The amount of force on the snatch block (and its anchor point) will be equal to 1.41 times the line pull required to move the load attached to the line. This phenomenon is exacerbated as the angle of redirection steepens, to the point where when the line gets redirected at 180°, meaning that the lines coming to/from the snatch block are parallel with one another, the anchor point will see a force equal to 2x the line pull. 

For example: If the snatch block is going to be used in a 180° configuration and is going to be used to lift a 2 ton load both the snatch block and the attachment point must be capable of at least 4 tons, so it is important that the proper snatch block is selected. Not knowing these facts can lead to selecting a mounting point that isn’t strong enough, but more commonly the snatch block itself won’t be strong enough. 

A common misconception about snatch blocks is that they somehow reduce the line pull, which is true in some specific scenarios, but for the most part the only thing they do do (haha) for sure, as mentioned above, is endure increased loading and exert that extra force on whatever they are attached to. Just remember: a snatch block does not reduce the line pull required to move a load unless the snatch block itself can travel with the load. 

So for another example: let’s say someone has erroneously concluded that with enough velocity, their quad will in fact make it through the slough. With the quad planted up to the handlebars in muck they now need to figure out how to get it back out with nothing more than a length of winch line, some slings and shackles, and a snatch block. A person might determine that it would be best to mount the snatch block to a tree and run the winch line through it back to a shackle on the stuck quad, but in actual fact the best strategy would be to attach the snatch block to the quad and run the winch line from the recovery vehicle through it and back to the tree. This arrangement will double the amount of force that the winch exerts on the stuck quad. 

If you wanted to go one deeper, the use of a double sheave snatch block can offer even more benefit. Simply attaching the double sheave snatch block to the stuck quad and a single pulley snatch block to the tree can further amplify the pulling force of the winch. The recovery line must be reeved from the recovery vehicle, through one pulley on the stuck quad, back to the snatch block on the tree, back to the other pulley on the stuck quad and then attached back at the tree again. Stacking blocks like this can often lead to such a drastic increase in pulling power that the quad can nearly be extracted by pulling the recovery line by hand!  At a very basic level the amount of force amplification is equal to the amount of lines going through the travelling block.

There's actually an excellent youtube video on how to use a snatch block https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2w3NZzPwOM 

Northern Strands carries a variety of high quality Snatch Blocks and other Pulley's at our Saskatoon, Esterhazy and Regina locations. https://www.northernstrands.com/pdf/rigging.pdf 

Northern Strands also provide in person Rigging Training that is offered at our Training Center or on site. We provide Crosby Rigging Training and a more comprehensive rigging course aptly named Below the Hook Rigging. You can find the full list of safety training courses and our Training Calendar here https://www.northernstrands.com/training.aspx

Did you know that Northern Strands is one of the largest suppliers of industrial equipment and rigging in Saskatchewan? We are locally owned and operated and have been been proudly serving Saskatchewan people and businesses for over 50 years!

Email: info@northernstrands.coom 

Phone: 1-800-242-7073


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Saskatoon (Head Office)

  • 3235 Millar Avenue
  • Saskatoon, SK S7K 5Y3

Regina

  • 125 Henderson Drive
  • Regina, SK S4N 5W4

Esterhazy

  • 816 Park Ave
  • Esterhazy, SK S0A 0X0
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