Best Hog Rings for Bungee Cords
Hog rings are open-ended metal staples with beveled ends that help lock various materials (wires, fabric, etc.,) in position. You can use hog rings for bungee cords, fences, bedding, and more. In this article, we’ll specifically cover bungee cord hog rings and how to select the right one for your needs.
What Is a Bungee Cord?
Bungee cords, sometimes referred to as shock cords, are stretchable cables. Heavy-duty bungee cords are prominently used to tie down tarps on:
- Dump trucks
- Flatbed haulers
- Container haulers
Of course, there are countless other uses for shock cords, too. The strands inside a bungee are typically made from rubber but can also be made of natural or synthetic materials, or a combination of both. The materials used to make a bungee are determined by its intended uses.
Bungee Cord Thicknesses
Bungee cords are offered in different diametric thicknesses. The proper thickness to choose depends on the intended application. Standard commercial-grade bungee cords range in diameter between 0.25 and 0.62 inches. Shock cords used for bungee jumping are 0.62 inches in diameter.
The range of bungee cord thickness increases up to 0.87 inches for military purposes and other heavy-duty uses.
Different Types of Hog Ring Bungee Cords
Hog rings for bungee cords are typically manufactured from aluminum, basic steel, GelFan, galvanized, high-tensile galvanized, low-tensile galvanized, basic steel, or stainless steel. Additionally, hog ring end points can either be blunt or sharp.
There are also three main hog ring shapes: C and D. When crimped shut, a C-ring closes in the form of a circle; a D-ring closes to form a triangle, and an M-ring will resemble the letter ‘M.’ Lastly, hog rings come in a wide array of sizes.
When you’re choosing a hog ring for your bungee cord, you’ll most likely either choose one from the 15-100 series or 16-100 series, which are both C-shape hog rings. Keep reading to learn more about the differences between each series.
15-100 Bungee Hog Rings
Weighing 15 grams, blunt and sharp 15-100 hog rings are available in basic steel, galvanized, and stainless steel. They measure 0.75 inches when open and are 0.3125 inches when closed.
16-100 Bungee Hog Rings
Comparatively, weighing 16 grams, blunt and sharp 16-110 hog rings are available in aluminum, GelFan, galvanized, and stainless steel. They measure 0.75 inches when open and 0.1875 inches when crimped shut.
How to Choose the Right One
Choosing the best bungee cord hog rings can be challenging for beginners. Ideally, you’ll want the diameter of both the hog ring and bungee cord to be the same. For example, if you have a bungee cord that’s 0.75 inches, you’ll want a hog ring that’s also 0.75 inches in diameter (when open).
The next step is deciding between blunt and sharp bungee hog rings. Blunt is typically ideal for use in chain-link fences while sharp ends are great for fastening fabrics.
Lastly, you’ll need to understand whether standard, aluminum, galvanized, or stainless steel is the best option for you. For use with bungee cords, we recommend either aluminum, galvanized steel, or stainless steel. All three options offer exceptional resistance against corrosion. Aluminum is more lightweight than steel, but not as strong. However, aluminum provides better resistance against cold temperatures. Consider the environment in which you will be using the bungee cord.
Shop for Bungee Cord Hog Rings Today
Still need help selecting the right hog rings for your bungee cords? Talk to our team at King Steel Fasteners. We manufacture high-quality American-made products, including hog rings, staples, cinch clips, and Kodi clips.