In 1988, Larry Sweet was approached by his brother, an employee of Yellow Freight, about coming up with a better load bar. Although Larry did not have any transportation background, he was an inventor at heart. A graduate of the University of Miami, his major was Business, but he did take engineering courses and he has always had a mechanical aptitude. Larry began researching the different types of load bars and why they did not work. With the help of his wife and sister, he conducted a marketing survey and determined that this was a multi-billion dollar business. After several years he developed a prototype utilizing a hydraulic system. He applied for and was granted a patent in March 1993 for the first and only hydraulic load bar. After field testing the bar with several trucking companies, the Save-A-Load® Bar went into production in 1994.
Since 1994, Save-A-Load, Inc. has been producing the one and only hydraulic cargo bracing bar. This bar has been engineered to overcome all of the shortcomings of other types of load bars. We have produced a load bar that will last longer, hold better and minimize the potential of trailer damage while being the safest and easiest load bar to operate! All load bars are expected to operate in a very tough environment. They are thrown around, run over and generally abused. This is not a problem with the Save-A-Load® Bars. If a part is broken the Save-A-Load® Bar is easily repaired. Replacement parts are readily available and very inexpensive. No need to replace the bar — just repair it!
It is this philosophy of service and efficiency that has made Save-A-Load® so successful. Save-A-Load, Inc. uses the highest quality of materials in the production of Save-A-Load® Bars and the other products in our line. A lifetime warranty is offered on all hydraulic units and all of our products carry a 30 day money back guarantee.
Save-A-Load, Inc. provides top quality customer service. We believe that customer satisfaction is priority #1. We are always ready, willing, and able to assist you and resolve any issues you may have. We listen to our customers. Having a problem securing cargo? Call 1 800-SAV-LOAD. We are the “PROBLEM SOLVERS!” We are eager to address your problems and find a solution
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Securing the Load The driver moving the cargo, from point “A” to point “B” is the heart of the trucking delivery system. That cargo must be secured. The load bar has long been a securing mechanism for this critical component of moving freight, whether that freight is manufactured goods or perishables. There are safe, driver-friendly ways of securing freight with load bars. Heavy-duty trucks transport over 73% of manufactured goods. Just-in-time freight systems have led to warehouses on wheels creating more hauls as well as longer hauls. The information highway has also led to increased deliveries. This means more trucks with more drivers on the highway. Drivers with good safety records need to be attracted and retained. The need of an ever-vigilant safety focus will only increase.
Load bars fit significantly into the trucking safety picture. But for the load bar to do the job it was intended to do, that is, prevent cargo from moving within the trailer, the bar must stay in place when the truck rolls over a curb or hits a bump. Both trailer tweaking and temperature shifts cause the trailer wall to expand and contract. The load bar must contract and expand with the wall in order to keep the cargo safety in place.
This is even more critical when using multiple load bars, as a portion of the cargo may exhibit stress in one direction, while another portion does not. The load bars must remain in place during this uneven flexing. The load bar must be strong both in bending strength and in friction strength against stick and delicate trailer walls. Keeping the cargo secure in any climate and on any surface is the goal for personal and public safety and cost containment.
A load bar that is light in weight while maintaining maximum strength is ideal. The load bar needs to he easily controlled while being released from its cargo. A one-hand controlled release provides maximum safety for the operator. The safety administrator of a major food distributor relayed the following story: While the driver had stopped to unload a portion of his cargo, he saw that there had been a shift. As he was using multiple rack-and-pinion-type load bars, he had to reach above his head with both arms to release one of the bars. The bar quickly re- leased, uncontrolled. The cargo fell, pushing the driver backwards and out of the truck. As a result, the driver sustained a head injury requiring hospitalization.
Several things may have helped prevent this debilitating and costly injury. A controllable one-hand release on a load bar is one of them. Additionally, the load bars need to be constructed in such a manner as to not cause the wearing out of parts, which lead to pinched fingers or significant cuts and bruises. Protecting the driver, as well as the cargo, should be integrated into load bar construction.
The final point has to do with storing load bars, or any trucking equipment, when not in use. Load bars stuck behind cab extenders can become flying missiles on Interstate highways. Secure all unattached objects when not in use, especially when stored on the exterior of the truck. Safe, easy-to-use load bars that do the job they are intended to do will assist any fleet in achieving an excellent safety record, improving driver attraction and retention, ensuring on-time deliveries, and securing a profitable bottom line.