The Most Important Features to Look for in Cable Ties

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Cable tie is just a cable tie, right? Well, maybe for women, but we men know that there is a plethora of different types, materials, and sizes of tie wraps designed for different purposes. For many of you, they are just a bunch of self-locking little plastic ties, but the truth is that they are more than that. You can’t simply choose the one that attracts your eye the most since you don’t know if the precise cable tie is designed to hold the number of cables you are planning to tie, nor the temperature range it can resist. Since there are lots of cable ties to choose from, making the right decision can be quite tricky if you don’t know what are the most important things to consider.


When selecting the right cable ties for your needs, the most important thing to consider is the material as there is an array of materials to choose from like nylon, stainless steel (which is non-detectable), detectable metal, and fluoropolymer. Generally speaking, there are tie wraps made of sturdy and durable materials like stainless steel meaning that can withstand extreme temperatures. Since there are different types of tie wraps, some are weather resistant, heat resistant and oil resistant while others are releasable and reusable, the ones you choose, will depend only on your needs.


Just like the different materials, tie wraps also come in different lengths ranging from 10 – 140 centimetres. In order to pick the right size, make sure you measure the diameter of the cable bundle you plan to tie. Keep in mind that cable ties can be trimmed, so it’s not a big deal if you invest in a longer one, just make sure you don’t buy a shorter one.

Temperature Range/Environment

Before choosing the type of cable tie, make sure to understand the working conditions and the place where it will be used (indoors or outdoors). This is also a crucial thing to take into account since not all cable tie types are designed for the same purpose. For example, if they will be exposed to sun and high heat, you need to choose a weather resistant cable tie.

Bottom line, now that you know a little bit of everything related to cable ties, you should have a good idea how to choose the right one. When it comes to the size, carefully measure the diameter of the bundle and as far as the environment, choose the right material according to your priorities. In case you still can’t make up your mind regarding which one to choose, consult with a professional, or to be more precise, the retailer’s team of experts.

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