Load locks are a smart way to secure cargo for transport and maximize load safety by preventing shifting that might cause product damage. Cargo bars for trucks can stand alone or work with a track system. A ratcheting load bar can be used without a track system and uses pressure between the cargo and the bed or sidewall of the trailer to hold cargo in place. E-track cargo bars have end fittings that lock into strips of E-track installed on the interior of your trailer. E-track load bars are available in steel or high strength aluminum and come with easy-to-use release mechanisms.
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Load locks, also called load distribution bars or cargo load locks, are square bars with an extendible fitting on each end that lock into a track system on the interior of a trailer. Load bars for trailers then lock into place at the desired length with an easy-release trigger mechanism meant to be functional even when wearing thick gloves for safety. Load locks for trailers are made of steel or high performance aluminum.
Load locks for trucks, or other lighter applications, come as ratcheting load bars that do not require a track system for use; instead, they are secured by pressure against the cargo and trailer surface.
Load bars for trucks are a key element in keeping heavy or bulky items confined to one area of your cargo space. Load lock cargo bars can prevent cargo from shifting and causing damage to the interior of your truck or other transport items in the event a truck rolls over a curb or hits a bump. Using load lock cargo bars at multiple levels in your trailer in place of trailer load straps (load lock straps) allows for instances where a portion of the cargo exhibits stress in one direction and another portion does not - cargo load bars are strong in bending strength and friction strength to accommodate this flexing without compromising load safety.
Truck cargo bars can also increase the usable space in your cargo area by using multiple load locks to create decking areas by securing two or more load lock bars at the same height at intervals within the trailer and laying down plywood sheets or other decking material to create a new floor for additional cargo. When using load locking bars for shoring to create decks, be sure that the weight of your cargo doesn't exceed the horizontal working load limit of the logistic bars.
Safety note: It's important to secure each cargo load bar against the sidewall of the trailer when not in use. If left loose on the floor or on decking, they can become projectiles in an accident. You can secure your load locks easily by extending E-track bars into the tracking, or by bungeeing or strapping other load locks to a trailer fitting.
E-track load bars have fittings that allow the cargo bar to be mounted into track systems installed on the interior walls of your trailer. Each E-track load bar extends to fit the width of your trailer. Standard E-track cargo bars come in 92" or 85" lengths and they extend to 103" or 96.6". This extension also allows them to expand or contract as required to accommodate shifts in temperature or tweaking. E-track load locks are crafted of aluminum or steel.
E-track load bars can be used individually or to stacking cargo at multiple levels, such as for moving boxes or other smaller boxes. In that case, you might find it useful to install a cargo lock at multiple heights, one for each level of boxes to prevent shifting.
A ratcheting cargo bar is a type of cargo bar ideal for use in pickup trucks or smaller trailers. They generally extend up to 104.5" and are fitted with a ratchet that allows you to adjust the tension incrementally for a very secure fit. Non-skid rubber pads protect the cargo and floors/walls of your truck. Lifting the ratchet handle allows the ratcheting load bar to extend or retract quickly when you need to adjust for large amounts of slack. A ratcheting cargo bar can be used in place of locking ratchet straps when you want to push cargo away from a surface rather than use force to pull it toward an anchor point.
Prepare your fleet with load bars, cargo bars, aluminum and steel decking beams, load locks, or logistic bars to properly secure all of your cargo. Explore our selection of cargo load bars to find the right truck load locks for your application. Call for volume pricing on load locks parts and accessories . We also carry a large selection of E-track and tie downs, available at great prices to extend the use of your E-track system.