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Hey - just thought I would send out a ping. I am coming to the bottom of two of my 1000 count bags of zip ties, does anyone have any advice on where to get the best pricing?

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I just bought some from here...http://www.allthingschristmasandmore.com/Zip-Ties_c_994.html#top

Pricing looks to be good, I will find out when they arrive in the next couple of days.

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I've been pretty happy with the Northern Tool 4 inch ties at $8 per 1,000. I've got 40 bags of those, and another 16 of other sizes among the other items cluttering up a guest bedroom. And with site to store, my shipping cost was just the gas to drive 20 miles round trip to the store, and opportunity cost for the time.

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It might have just been a bad batch but I bought some at Harbor Freight last year and about 7 or 8 out of 10 broke while pulling them tight :X. I threw the rest of the 100 left in the bag away and went to Lowe's until I found a better deal. Then I found some on ebay from this seller.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/170586441630?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

I went thru 1000 already and less than 10 broke while pulling tight. I have placed another order for another 2000 from the same seller. This guy is a fast shipper too.

Sometimes cheaper is not the answer when securing items to something else, especially out in the cold elements.

Just my experience.

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-klb- wrote:

I've been pretty happy with the Northern Tool 4 inch ties at $8 per 1,000. I've got 40 bags of those, and another 16 of other sizes among the other items cluttering up a guest bedroom. And with site to store, my shipping cost was just the gas to drive 20 miles round trip to the store, and opportunity cost for the time.

ohhh, we just had one of their stores open up not too far from my house. I'll have to run over there and check em out.

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Santas Helper wrote:

It might have just been a bad batch but I bought some at Harbor Freight last year and about 7 or 8 out of 10 broke while pulling them tight :X. I threw the rest of the 100 left in the bag away and went to Lowe's until I found a better deal. Then I found some on ebay from this seller.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/170586441630?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

I went thru 1000 already and less than 10 broke while pulling tight. I have placed another order for another 2000 from the same seller. This guy is a fast shipper too.

Sometimes cheaper is not the answer when securing items to something else, especially out in the cold elements.

Just my experience.

Thanks for the info. I just ordered 2000 more.

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Thanks everyone! I appreciate all the other tips as well, and will keep them on my list. I went to Lowes, and was not happy with the pricing and options.

There is a Northern Tool close to where I live, and I have to pass by that area today. I will check them out.I normally go to Altex, but it is a little out of the way this year :

http://www.altex.com/4-Nylon-Cable-Ties-Black-100-Pack-AL-04-18-0-C-P149201.aspx

Black 4", 100 for $1.19, 1000 for $10.95

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Donny M. Carter wrote:

Rick, I use the ones from monoprice.com. I also order the 8" instead of the 4", but here are some links.

4" are .36 for 100
http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=105&cp_id=10520&cs_id=1052001&p_id=5755&seq=1&format=2

8" are .77 for 100
http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=105&cp_id=10520&cs_id=1052001&p_id=5761&seq=1&format=2

I bought 8000 of the 8" ties from monoprice as well....and have used 1000 so far, and so far, so good, no breakage whilst tightening them

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thevikester wrote:

Donny M. Carter wrote:
Rick, I use the ones from monoprice.com. I also order the 8" instead of the 4", but here are some links.

4" are .36 for 100
http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=105&cp_id=10520&cs_id=1052001&p_id=5755&seq=1&format=2

8" are .77 for 100
http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=105&cp_id=10520&cs_id=1052001&p_id=5761&seq=1&format=2

I bought 8000 of the 8" ties from monoprice as well....and have used 1000 so far, and so far, so good, no breakage whilst tightening them
same here, can't say that about what I purchased from Lowe's. Lowe's had a 30% failure rate and I have yet to have the first one break from MonoPrice. Have also bought various lengths of ethernet from them with all different colors.

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I guess it depends on the batch and how they were stored for any place you buy them from.

I had great luck with Lowe's and the opposite from Harbor Freight while others was totally opposite of my experience.

It's just a crap shoot :D

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Santas Helper wrote:

I guess it depends on the batch and how they were stored for any place you buy them from.

I had great luck with Lowe's and the opposite from Harbor Freight while others was totally opposite of my experience.

It's just a crap shoot :D
Not so much, if you go to MonoPrice you will get a case of a 1000 for about the price of two 100 packs at Lowe's and that includes shipping.

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caniac wrote:

Santas Helper wrote:
I guess it depends on the batch and how they were stored for any place you buy them from.

I had great luck with Lowe's and the opposite from Harbor Freight while others was totally opposite of my experience.

It's just a crap shoot ;)
Not so much, if you go to MonoPrice you will get a case of a 1000 for about the price of two 100 packs at Lowe's and that includes shipping.


When I said "depends on the batch" and "just a crap shoot", I was talking about the condition (brittle, breakage) of how they might be stored, not the price, which would explain why we get different results from the same stores.

I only went to Lowe's because I ran out in the middle of a build and had luck in the past with them. But yes, they are pricey.

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Lowes was selleing a 100 pack of the 4" ties for about $3, so it would have been $30 for a 1000. I was able to run by Northern Tool, and got 2000 for $16 :D. That should hold me for a few weeks :shock:

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What everyone is missing is how the zip ties are rated.

Some zip ties have a larger tensile strength then others.

The correctly rated tensile strength has to be chosen for the application. That is why some zip ties will break when you "snug" them up, if you are exceeding the tensile strength rating of the tie.

Just like electrical wire, use 18 AWG where you should be using 12 AWG, then the 18 AWG wire will "break"

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JBullard wrote:

What everyone is missing is how the zip ties are rated.

Some zip ties have a larger tensile strength then others.

The correctly rated tensile strength has to be chosen for the application. That is why some zip ties will break when you "snug" them up, if you are exceeding the tensile strength rating of the tie.

Just like electrical wire, use 18 AWG where you should be using 12 AWG, then the 18 AWG wire will "break"


Yes, I agree with this. The sad thing was (the ones I got from Harbor Freight) I was snugging up the ties with my fingers, not even tight yet and many broke.

I go for ones with 18lb strength for 4" ties, but that doesn't mean they still hold that after being in hot or long storage which changes the strength of plastic/PVC over time. Again, I was just senching down before they get tight and "snap".

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The color ones at Harbour Freight are junk. I won't buy ties there again, so I don't know if the black or white ones there are any good.

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scubado wrote:

The color ones at Harbour Freight are junk. I won't buy ties there again, so I don't know if the black or white ones there are any good.


What is their tensile strength rating?

The colored ones from Harbor Freight may not be junk if they are used in an application that is within their rated strength design.

Is everything that breaks when used beyond its design limits considered junk?

I always buy for the rated use, not the cheapest price.

4 inch ties at least 18 pounds.

Light duty 8 inch ties rated for 40/50 pounds.

Heavy duty 8 inch ties rated for 120 pounds.

I try to buy smart and not cheap. I have found that by buying cheap you get exactly what you pay for, cheap that will not hold up and breaks.

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Santas Helper wrote:

JBullard wrote:
What everyone is missing is how the zip ties are rated.

Some zip ties have a larger tensile strength then others.

The correctly rated tensile strength has to be chosen for the application. That is why some zip ties will break when you "snug" them up, if you are exceeding the tensile strength rating of the tie.

Just like electrical wire, use 18 AWG where you should be using 12 AWG, then the 18 AWG wire will "break"


Yes, I agree with this. The sad thing was (the ones I got from Harbor Freight) I was snugging up the ties with my fingers, not even tight yet and many broke.

I go for ones with 18lb strength for 4" ties, but that doesn't mean they still hold that after being in hot or long storage which changes the strength of plastic/PVC over time. Again, I was just senching down before they get tight and "snap".

Or maybe you don't know your own strength!

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JBullard wrote:

scubado wrote:
The color ones at Harbour Freight are junk. I won't buy ties there again, so I don't know if the black or white ones there are any good.


What is their tensile strength rating?

The colored ones from Harbor Freight may not be junk if they are used in an application that is within their rated strength design.

Is everything that breaks when used beyond its design limits considered junk?

I always buy for the rated use, not the cheapest price.

4 inch ties at least 18 pounds.

Light duty 8 inch ties rated for 40/50 pounds.

Heavy duty 8 inch ties rated for 120 pounds.

I try to buy smart and not cheap. I have found that by buying cheap you get exactly what you pay for, cheap that will not hold up and breaks.
I understand where you are coming from but after making trip after trip to Lowe's with 30% of them failing I figured I could afford to waste a whole lot on MonoPrice one's before I would come close to what I spent at Lowe's. I know time will tell but so far I am extremely happy with what I have.

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Surfing4Dough wrote:

Santas Helper wrote:
Yes, I agree with this. The sad thing was (the ones I got from Harbor Freight) I was snugging up the ties with my fingers, not even tight yet and many broke.

I go for ones with 18lb strength for 4" ties, but that doesn't mean they still hold that after being in hot or long storage which changes the strength of plastic/PVC over time. Again, I was just senching down before they get tight and "snap".

Or maybe you don't know your own strength!

LOL, I guess so... ;) (where is the laughing emoticon when you need one?)

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Donny M. Carter wrote:

Rick, I use the ones from monoprice.com. I also order the 8" instead of the 4", but here are some links.

4" are .36 for 100
http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=105&cp_id=10520&cs_id=1052001&p_id=5755&seq=1&format=2

8" are .77 for 100
http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=105&cp_id=10520&cs_id=1052001&p_id=5761&seq=1&format=2

Thanks to you guys, I just ordered several thousand. :(

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