CAT Rental Product Fair 2014

Checkers will be exhibiting at the CAT Rental Product Fair 2014 in Grapevine, TX on March 31st – 1st. CAT Rental Product Fair, “brings you the strength of Caterpillar and the global Cat dealer network”. When you stop by our booth #104 be sure to bring your business card to enter the drawing for either a Checkers Branded Astoria Carhartt Jacket, $50 Amazon Gift Card, or our new Jump N’ Go Compact Power Charger! Also, you can expect to see a few new additions to our ever growing product line:

Checkers at CAT Rental Product Fair 2014

WHITE PAPER: Wheel Chocks: Urethane vs. Rubber

Ongoing testing and side-by-side comparison demonstrate urethane chocks are more resistant to damage, are easier to carry and deploy and provide greater safety capabilities than similar rubber chocks.

Wheel chocks represent critical safety equipment in industrial, mining and aviation settings. Their proper and sustained use ensures that lives are protected, and such use is required by the DOT, NFPA, SAE and MSHA. There are multiple wheel chocks on the market, including those constructed of aluminum, wood, rubber and urethane. Federal guidelines do not generally specify the type of material that must be utilized for industrial applications; however, rubber and urethane are the two most commonly selected by safety managers.

There are multiple wheel chocks on the market, including those constructed of aluminum, wood, rubber and urethane. Federal guidelines do not generally specify the type of material that must be utilized for industrial applications; however, rubber and urethane are the two most commonly selected by safety managers.

Too often the final decision as to which chock to use is determined by chock cost. Unfortunately, this methodology is short-sighted when a long-term cost analysis is conducted as rubber has been shown to be less resistant to damage or breaking than urethane counterparts, thus requiring more frequent replacement and resulting in a higher cost.

A Comparison of Urethane Chocks versus Rubber Chocks

Checkers Industrial began developing and testing urethane chocks in the late 1980s with a significant investment that required extensive engineering and design. Testing initially included the comparison of the new urethane products against chocks made of various materials, including both metal and wood, as well as the more commonly utilized rubber.

Greater Strength and Flexibility: Initial independent testing showed “and repeated subsequent testing has confirmed” the urethane chocks consistently had a higher load-bearing capacity than their rubber counterparts and were better able to absorb high impacts from heavy machinery. While mimicking the flexibility of rubber, urethane chocks also showed significantly greater strength and resistance to abrasion. Over time, the urethane chocks also proved to better withstand harsh working conditions and extreme weather.

Improved Ease of Use: Because of the risk of human error in the placement of wheel chocks, ease of use was also considered and evaluated by Checkers in multiple testing environments. Urethane chocks have been shown to be 20 to 50 percent lighter in weight than similarly sized rubber chocks, providing ease of carrying and transport. Urethane construction also allowed the molding of ANSI-compliant chocking guidelines into the chocks themselves; an option not available in traditional rubber manufacturing. Molding of built-in carrying handles was also shown to be of benefit to workers in multiple industrial applications.

Superior On-Site Visibility: The use of urethane in chock manufacture has allowed other features to promote safety and protect both lives and assets. One of the most impactful is the ability to produce the chocks in high-visibility safety colors, which further aids in proper chock placement as well as raising awareness for those walking or driving around equipment secured by these components. This is in stark comparison to the rubber chocks, which have not successfully been manufactured to incorporate safety colors.

Checkers Industrial Introduces: Gorilla® All Purpose Waterproof Warning Whip Sets the New Standard for Weather Resistance

Checkers Industrial Safety Products announced the immediate availability of their new GORILLA® All Purpose Waterproof Warning Whips with stainless steel components. Featuring a multitude of patent-pending features, the Gorilla whip is built from heavy duty materials that make it ideal for extreme weather conditions such as coastal areas, corrosive environments, salt mines, and areas with high humidity.

“Moisture has always been the most challenging factor in whip light performance,” said Jesica Bailey, Director of Sales and Marketing for Checkers Industrial Safety Products. “Every component of a GORILLA®All Purpose Lighted Whip is built to eliminate the harmful effects of moisture. These whips have been tested repeatedly in extremely challenging weather conditions, and they have consistently performed at a superior level time and time again.”

GORILLA® All Purpose Warning Whips include a two-conductor waterproof hot plug with 12″ pigtail, heavy duty Day Bright fluorescent nylon mesh flag (with or without 3M® Scotchlite® reflective X), a new Rocket II Super Bright Waterproof LED light, and a stainless steel threaded hex base. According to Bailey, “Rocket II Super Bright Lights are up to 10 times brighter than other brands and come standard with 9 changeable light modes, 7 flash patterns, and steady on or off, making them the perfect ‘one light fits all’ solution.”

Additional features of GORILLA® All Purpose Lighted Whips include a new patent-pending waterproof LED light base that replaces the old 1156 bulb and lamp socket, the industry’s strongest fiberglass resin whip, a patent-pending internal ground connection that helps eliminate power failures, and an industrial grade internal wire that meets Military Spec MIL-W-16878. The lights are offered in five different colors, and an optional remote control to change flash patterns is also available.

Work Truck Show 2014

Checkers will be exhibiting at the Work Truck Show 2014 in Indianapolis, IN on March 5th – 7th.  The Work Truck Show serves all major transportation industry markets. Come stop by our boothCheckers @ Work Truck Show 2014 #3073 to receive our show special exclusive; for every $5,000 spent receive a Checkers Branded Carhart jacket. Also, you can expect to see a few new additions to our product line:

We are excited to share these new products and introduce them to The Work Truck Show attendees.