Add Tree Straps

While at Tractor Supply this afternoon I stumbled on a product they were selling that needed Tree Straps

The Cam Jam is sold without Tree Straps but obviously is intended to be used with them. We have Tree Straps in stock. From 1″ to 2″ widths, 12″ to 30″ lengths. All with rugged brass grommets.

If you want to support trees but not the Cam Jam company, Tree Straps work well with twine, bailing or tie wire along with a lightweight cord such as Parachute Cord.

Let’s get outside and plant some trees!

Boat Gear

We manufacture replacement straps for Boston Whaler ™ and other brand boats. Our newest is a replacement seat or windshield straps that fits Boston Whaler ™ Dauntless and Ventura models. The original strap looks like

windshield or seat strap

and ours

They come in a pack of two (2) and the Boston Whaler ™ OEM part number is 1025220. The same strap is used for both securing the windshield and seat cushions.

We make this strap using heavy-weight polyester webbing and stainless steel snaps and grommets. They do not come with any fasteners.

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If you are in need of a strap to secure your folding ladder we make this very common model-

It is used on many Boston Whaler ™ models and the Windline brand of ladders also uses this strap. The Boston Whaler ™ OEM part number is 1911770. Windline’s OEM part number is ST-04.

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Strap Tension (for car seats)

At lunch today I saw a Tweet from the Washington State Patrol (WSP) regarding properly tensioning the harness straps in a child’s car seat. I don’t know about other states but in Washington the WSP really works to educate the public about car seat safety. They will help you get yours installed properly and have online resources for even more help. Today’s Tweet used this poster-

I would like to add one more point:
If your webbing is frayed or hardware broken it is time for a new car seat!

As with any life safety device: harnesses, life jackets or lifting slings- they are not repairable.

Link to Washington State’s Child Passenger Safety Program

Extension Strap for AKC™ Pet Booster Seat

This fine pooch was going on a trip. He likes to hang out in a booster seat while driving so one of the American Kennel Club™ booster seats was purchased for the trip.

Fortunately the owner tried it prior to flying out only to find that the strap that goes around the back of the car seat was way too short. A few emails later and we came up with a solution that didn’t require sewing. It also needed to be easy to install and be fully adjustable. Check out or buy this strap

The two cam buckles attach to the webbing that comes with the booster seat. The side release buckle at the bottom of the photo allows for easy installation in the vehicle and loads of adjustment.

Here is the booster seat with the strap extender installed. Everyone is now ready to travel!

We are not affiliated with the American Kennel Club™ , we just make a strap that happens to work with one of their products. If you need to purchase one of their booster seats, they are available online from many merchants. The extension strap we manufacture in our Cle Elum, Washington facility.

Short days, still working

It’s dark in the morning heading to work. Our shop is hidden in the trees on this beautiful morning. Although it takes a flash light to get to work, once there we are going full speed.

With all the supply chain issues it almost feels like we are back in the 70’s. 12 to 16 week lead time on products has eliminated the “just in time” ordering plan. We are seeing increases in both the cost of goods and even more in shipping. Again, it is back to the old days where one needs to keep track of pricing on a daily basis.

This morning, November 3rd, I received an email from a factory in China. The government there has limited them to three (3) days of work per week to combat their energy shortages. This won’t help (even though we do not buy from this particular factory) with shortages and long lead times.

We are trying to build up inventory on popular items. That means letting some products go if the sales don’t justify increasing their inventory levels. Where we used to order 2,000 of an item we have increased to 10,000 on really popular goods. Our shop cat is loving this, more boxes to check out, it seems they all need to get sniffed.

One change we notice from our customers is that more are calling to check if we have something in stock. Knowing how frustrating it is to place an order only to hear that it is on back order, we encourage picking up the phone and asking.

OK, one item that we will not divulge our inventory levels is cat treats. Chance has decreed them top secret.

Fingers crossed that 2022 returns life to normal but in the meantime we will do our best to get your products out on time.

Quality Assurance Cat

Chance is our Quality Assurance Cat. You can see him working diligently making sure every strap is purr-fect. Actually want he really wants is lunch.

The good news is he has never taken to sleeping in the bins of straps, he has a comfortable bed that is closer to his food than our sewing area.

While Chance might not provide a top notch quality assurance program he does keep our shop rodent free. We are in the middle of a forest and mice are everywhere and a good cat really helps.

Should you be wondering where is tail is, he doesn’t have one. He is a Manx and they are born without tails. Originating on the Isle of Mann they were know to be great “mousers”.

How to keep deer away from new trees

You have just purchased a new tree, brought it home and dug a hole to properly plant it. All the while your local deer are watching and planning their attack. Left unprotected there won’t be a leaf left on the tree by morning. All the new growth will be nibbled off. Your investment is gone.

cattle panel enclosure
Enclosure constructed using cattle panels

We live and work in deer country and have found a few simple tricks to protect our new plants and trees. You need to have a fence around the tree(s) and meeting the following criteria helps.

  • High enough so it can not easily be jumped.
  • Large enough so the deer can’t reach the trees without jumping in.
  • Small enough so the deer don’t see an easy landing point.
  • Easy to construct.
  • Looks good.

Our solution has been to use 2″ diameter wooden treated “tree stakes” which are pointed on one end and “easy” to drive in to the ground. These support the fencing and here we use “cattle panels” which are 16′ long and 50″ high and are made from heavy galvanized steel wire.

tree stake
Tree stake

The cattle panels can be bent nicely so your enclosure is an oval, or round, and for our trees, using 3 of the panels makes a nice enclosure that will fit at least 2 trees. Hooking them together is done with steel tie wire, easy to install and remove if you want to move the enclosure. Note in the image below that we have lapped the 2 panels we are connecting, that allows for a nice curve.

cattle panel connection
Connect cattle panels using tie wire

While keeping deer out is the object, humans need to get into the enclosure for weeding, watering and pruning. Cut a short length off of a 16′ cattle panel and attach it using shackles, zip ties or tie wire to form a door.

cattle panel door
Cattle panel door

Some sort of snap will keep the door closed, and it’s easy to open.

Cutting cattle panels is easy if you have a “cut off tool/grinder”. We are lucky to have a cordless version so we can take it to the project site. Otherwise a hack saw will work but it will take quite a bit longer.

cut off tool
Cut off tool/grinder

Tips

  • Use a large tree instead of a post. Looking at the top image you can see that we actually have two trees helping to support this enclosure. Drive a screw into the tree and attach the cattle panel with tie wire.
    tie wire
  • You can support your young trees using the cattle panel enclosure and tree straps.
  • Where to get all this stuff? Farm supply stores are where we go. Lowes and Home Depot also sell cattle panels and tree stakes although they don’t stock them in every store.

Cam Buckle Straps

One of the more useful straps we sell is the Cam Buckle Strap. They offer everything one might want out of a strap:
⇒ strong
⇒ easy to use
⇒ affordable
I carry a number of these in my truck to secure loads and some times they even are used to secure garbage cans.

It’s pretty windy in Cashmere and this truck stop doesn’t want its garbage cans flying away.

For 2021 we have changed the cam buckle used in our straps. It is now a zinc coated steel buckle which is much stronger than what we previously used.

New steel cam buckle

It has a breaking strength of 1100 pounds and buying them in volume has allowed us to upgrade the webbing we use to a much stronger grade at the same pricing.

Nylon webbing

Our nylon straps are available in black, royal blue (shown above), red and yellow. The webbing has a breaking strength of 2750 pounds although the weak point on the strap is the buckle. The raw end is cut at an angle to make insertion into the buckle simple and it is heat sealed.

Polypropylene webbing

The polypropylene version only comes in black and the webbing has a breaking strength of 800 pounds. There isn’t much of a price difference between the nylon and polypropylene version, it boils down to which webbing is best for your application.

Cam Buckle Straps

Both of these models are much superior to what we have been able to offer in the past with no increase in price. Give them a try, I think you will like them.

All Tied Down

The other day I received a call from the owner of a Murphy Bed. He wanted to add straps to keep the mattress from moving when folding up the bed.

Coming up with the straps was the easy part but how to attach them to the wooden frame wasn’t quite as obvious. We came up with two easy options.

If you are using wider webbing a pair of screws with finish washers will work.

Sheet Metal Screw & Finish Washer

Your local hardware store will probably carry all you need. I picked these up this morning, screw and washer cost around $0.25. Fold the webbing over so the screw goes through 2 layers.

1.5″ webbing with screws and finish washers

If you are looking for an even more “finished” (pun intended) look, use Footman’s Loops.

1″ webbing with footman’s loop

This method requires either sewing a loop into the end of the webbing or using a slide to form a loop. Not quite as handy as the first option.

Both provide plenty of strength. If you have screws and flat washers on hand they will work too. Screws without a washer might pull through some types of webbing and would not be a technique I would recommend.

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New March 2021

We have a couple of new products in stock.

Cam Buckle & G-Hook

They are both designed for 1″ webbing and are made from steel. The cam buckle has a protective zinc coating and an 1100 pound breaking strength. This is the strongest cam buckle we carry.

Also new is a steel G-Hook with a black powder coating sized for 1″ webbing. These will hook into MOLLE or a loop made from 1″ webbing and provide adjustment so you can cinch down your load. While not as light as aluminum or plastic they have a nice profile and really work well.

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