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Manual hand tools are the most basic form of strap application equipment. They are ideal for workspaces that do not have access to power sources or do not require the speed of a powered hand tool. Manual tensioners provide strap operators with a simple method for tightening strapping around a load. A manual sealer is then used to join the tensioned strap ends together, ensuring the loads remain secure during transit, handling, and storage.

The key to successful use of a manual tensioner and sealer for poly strapping lies in understanding the process.

Steps for Effective Tensioning and Sealing

Before using any tool, be sure to read through the information for safe operation found in the owner's manual. Secondly, protective eyeglasses with side shields, heavy gloves, and steel toe shoes are a necessity. Finally, do not modify a tool, for any reason, especially by extending the handle to get more leverage. This could result in a serious injury.

Manual Tensioner and SealerDepress and hold the tension lever down. Feed the cut end of the strap under the gripper and so it touches against the tool housing. Make sure that the strapping extends out front of the tensioner at least two inches.
Manual Tensioner and SealerFeed the other end of the strapping around the package and through the slot of the cutter mechanism and also through the slot of the windless spool.
Manual Tensioner and SealerNow move the tension lever forward and back until the desired tension is achieved.
Manual Tensioner and SealerPlace the proper open metal seal over the two straps as shown.
Manual Tensioner and SealerSpread open the proper sealer completely and place it square on top of the seal. Now move the sealer levers together to crimp the seal. Open the levers and remove the sealer to reveal the finished seal.
Manual Tensioner and SealerDepress and hold the tension lever down completely to cut the strapping and to release the tool by pivoting the tensioner off to the side.

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