Poly Strapping / Plastic Banding Options

The advancements made in poly strapping alternatives over the past 20 years have been phenomenal. Not only are the plastic options 80% lighter than steel banding, but they are also reaching strengths akin to steel for many applications. However, too many varieties of a similar product can leave the potential users confused. So let's break down the alternatives under the poly strapping / plastic banding heading, and if you need some help, take a look at the strap comparison chart at the bottom of this page; or just give us a call, and we'll walk you through it.

First, we consider woven polypropylene strapping (PPRO). This option is a light duty hand-grade or machine-grade banding typically used in applications where break strength is not an issue, such as small palletized loads of cardboard boxes, or even moving larger bundles around within your plant (temporary). PPRO has high tension recovery and low cost. It is textured, providing superior gripping in the friction weld process or with buckles and non-serrated seals. It is available in many widths, thicknesses, core sizes, break strengths, grades, colors, and footage options. See the chart below for available specifications and pricing, and notice the "best seller" with a gray background.

WIDTH /
THICKNESS
STYLE /
GRADE
BREAK
STRENGTH
FEET /
ROLL
CORE
SIZE
COLOR ROLL PRICE
LESS THAN SKID
ROLL PRICE
SKID (24+ ROLLS)
5-6-7-9-12 MM PPRO MACHINE 130-300 9900-24,000 8 x 8 white $95 $80
1/4" PPRO MACHINE 145-200 13,120-22,000 8 x 8 white/yellow/
clear/black
$95 $80
3/8" PPRO MACHINE 300-400 8700-12,900 SPECIFY white/yellow/
clear/black
$80 $65
7/16" PPRO MACHINE 400-600 5600-12,000 SPECIFY clear / black $110 $90
1/2" PPRO MACHINE 350-750 5575-9900 SPECIFY white/yellow/
clear/black
$90 $75
1/2" PPRO HAND 600 7200 16 x 6 black $75 $60
1/2" PPRO HAND 600 3600 16 x 3 black $50 $40
1/2" PPRO HAND 600 7200 8 x 8 black $85 $70
5/8" PPRO HAND 700 5400 SPECIFY black $80 $70
3/4" PPRO HAND 1000 4500 SPECIFY black $90 $80

Second, we consider extruded polyester strapping (PET). This most-popular choice is a great money-saver compared to steel or woven polyester, where break strength allows. PET banding offers more strength and split resistance compared to PPRO, regardless of whether you are using it in the hand-grade or machine-grade format. PET is often smooth in texture and translucent, though it can be embossed and opaque. If not friction welded, we strongly recommend using serrated seals for better gripping. It is also available in an ever-increasing range of widths, strengths, core sizes, and colors. See the chart below for options, and again, notice the "best seller" with a gray background.

WIDTH /
THICKNESS
STYLE /
GRADE
BREAK
STRENGTH
FEET /
ROLL
CORE
SIZE
COLOR ROLL PRICE
LESS THAN SKID
ROLL PRICE
SKID (24+ ROLLS)
3/8" x .021 PET 470 9600 16 x 6 black / green $100 $85
7/16" x .024 PET TENEX N/A 9000 16 x 6 black / green $130 $115
1/2" x .015 PET 500 9000 16 x 6 black / green $100 $85
1/2" x .020 PET 600 7200 16 x 6 black / green $100 $85
1/2" x .026 PET 770 5800 16 x 6 black / green $100 $85
1/2" x .028 PET 820 6500 16 x 6 black / green $120 $105
1/2" x .015 PET 500 4500 16 x 3 black / green $70 $60
1/2" x .020 PET 600 3600 16 x 3 black / green $70 $60
1/2" x .026 PET 770 2900 16 x 3 black / green $70 $60
1/2" x .028 PET 820 3250 16 x 3 black / green $80 $70
5/8" x .030 PET 1200 3600 16 x 6 black / green $100 $85
5/8" x .030 PET 1200 1800 16 x 3 black / green $70 $55
5/8" x .035 PET 1400 4000 16 x 6 black / green $85 $70
5/8" x .035 PET - AAR 1400 4000 16 x 6 black / green $100 $85
5/8" x .040 PET 1600 4000 16 x 6 black / green $105 $90
5/8" x .040 PET - AAR 1600 4000 16 x 6 black / green $110 $95
3/4" x .040 PET 1900 3000 16 x 6 black / green $100 $85
3/4" x .050 PET - AAR 2300 2650 16 x 6 green $120 $110
1" x .050 PET 3000 1800 16 x 6 black / green $110 $100
1" x .050 PET - AAR 3000 1800 16 x 6 green $120 $110

Third, consider woven polyester banding (WPET). This strapping has the texture of a car seatbelt, a duffle bag handle, or a heavy duty truck strap. And it's strong - stronger than steel in many cases! It's very safe; you won't be worrying about workplace injuries when using this option. But it is expensive, and many users have overlooked that truth, and find themselves spending more than they need to for their packaging methods. You'll need heavy duty buckles, which can also get expensive, when using this alternative. We'll include "composite" strapping in this category as well, and you'll find all of the available specifications in the chart below, where our "best seller" has a gray background.

WIDTH /
THICKNESS
STYLE /
GRADE
BREAK
STRENGTH
FEET /
ROLL
CORE
SIZE
COLOR ROLL PRICE
LESS THAN SKID
ROLL PRICE
SKID (24+ ROLLS)
1/2" WPET 660 4000 N/A orange $75 $65
5/8" WPET 1150 3000 N/A orange $90 $80
5/8" WPET 1350 2000 N/A orange $85 $75
3/4" WPET 2200 1650 N/A orange $80 $75
3/4" WPET 2600 1650 N/A orange $85 $80
3/4" WPET 2900 1650 N/A orange $90 $85
1-1/4" WPET 4200 600 N/A orange $65 $60
1-1/2" WPET 5200 600 N/A orange $75 $70
               
5/8" COMPOSITE 950 2790 N/A white $90 $80
3/4" COMPOSITE 1400 1640 N/A white $75 $65
1" COMPOSITE 1800 1640 N/A white $90 $80
1-1/4" COMPOSITE 3300 985 N/A white $90 $80

Fourth, consider extruded nylon (NYLON), which has all the benefit properties of both extruded polyester (PET) and woven polypropylene (PPRO). This option competes well with all the others, as you can see from the chart and videos at the bottom of the screen. When pallet loads are stacked or vibrate in transit, the strapping / banding often becomes loose. This can cause product damage or personal injury. Nylon banding is perfectly suited for loads that shift or shrink in transit or storage, because it is elongated or stretched when under pressure, and it recovers when the load shifts. This property is unique to nylon, and you can see the options in the chart below, noting our "best seller" with a gray background.

WIDTH /
THICKNESS
STYLE /
GRADE
BREAK
STRENGTH
FEET /
ROLL
CORE
SIZE
COLOR ROLL PRICE
LESS THAN SKID
ROLL PRICE
SKID (24+ ROLLS)
5/8" x .028 NYLON 1000 5300 16 x 6 black N/A $100
5/8" x .035 NYLON 1200 4000 16 x 6 black $100 $95
5/8" x .040 NYLON 1300 3800 16 x 6 black $100 $95
3/4" x .040 NYLON 1700 3000 16 x 6 black N/A $100
3/4" x .050 NYLON 2100 2500 16 x 6 black N/A $100

Finally, there are additional choices out there, as strapping manufacturers tweak the above and patent new products with regularity under their own unique brand name. We don't want to overwhelm you with choices. We are experts in this field, and these are the options we have deemed best for our customers. We offer great shipping rates throughout the country, and we may be able to deliver with our company trucks, saving you even more! Don't forget to check out the tools and seals we offer for use with the strapping you choose. If you're not sure whether poly or steel is the right banding for you, see our strap comparison chart below, or call us with your application, and we'll help you determine the most cost-effective option.

Performance Polypropylene Extruded Polyester Woven Polyester Nylon Steel
Break Strength Fair Good Excellent Good Excellent
Elongation 8-10% 1-2% 7-9% 5-6% < 1%
Ability to Retain Tension Poor Good Good Excellent Excellent
Elongation Recovery Excellent Fair Good Very Good Poor
Split Resistance Poor Excellent Good Good Excellent
Recyclability Excellent Excellent Re-Usable! Excellent Good
Shock Resistance Good Good Excellent Excellent Poor
Cost per Foot Low Moderate Very High High Very High
Safety Rating A B+ A+ B+ D
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Most Common Specification 1/2" x .025
7200' x 600#
Black
5/8" x .035
4000' x 1400#
Green
3/4" x .050
1650' x 2400#
Orange
5/8" x .040
3800' x 1300#
Black
3/4" x .023
2000' x 2000#
Reg. A Grade
Average Price at Skid Quantity $ 60 / coil $ 75 / coil $ 90 / coil $ 95 / coil $ 90 / coil
Price per Foot $ 0.008 $ 0.019 $ 0.054 $ 0.025 $ 0.045

 Here are a couple of strap comparison videos for your viewing pleasure. Which product do you think holds up best in the elements for a year? Watch and find out if you are correct!