In the wonderful world of tie down systems, there are E-tracks, and L-tracks. But which system is the one for you? Where you will be installing them can be a huge determining factor in which track fitting you will use.
A Closer Look at E-Track Fittings
E-tracks are the wider of the two tracks. This wider width makes them perfect for an enclosed trailer inside installation, or on an open trailer’s floor. E-tracks are available in vertical and horizontal styles. They traditionally have a green painted finish or a galvanized finish. E-tracks come in lengths of 10 feet, 8 feet, 5 feet, and 2 feet.
A More Detailed Look at L-Track Fittings
In general, L-tracks are narrower. And because of this narrow width, they are perfect for installing on a pick-up truck bed or on the floor or walls of the bed. They are traditionally available in a black painted finish or an aluminum finish. Lengths can run 48 inches, 24 inches, 12 inches, and 6 inches.
Let’s Look at Both Track Fittings Together
When it comes to versatility and strength, both the E-track and the L-track are relatively equal. Traditionally, however, E-tracks have more fittings and straps out on the commercial market. Sometimes referred to as an airline track, the L-track is currently increasing its popularity. Because of this, the availability of more and more accessories is coming to its fruition.
Any way you look at it, if you’re referring to a tie down system being mounted in the back of a pick-up truck, the L-track is likely the way to go. The inside of the bedrails on most pick-up truck beds match up almost perfectly with the width of the L-track. These tracks also fit ideally between the ribs in the bed of most pick-up trucks.
Inside a cargo containment such as a trailer, however, either one could be considered utilitarian, but… the E-track is somewhat stronger but less attractive looking – if you’re worried about that kind of thing. Aesthetics seldom comes into play when you’re talking about securing heavy loads though, so tying down a load to an attractive but slighter weaker track is probably not conducive to moving a load safely and securely – albeit pretty.
As far as finishes are concerned, some individuals try to match the finish to the wall, rail, floor, etc. to which the track is being attached. Again, if aesthetics isn’t a concern, neither is the finish. Aluminum finishes do tend to not show scratches while painted or colored finishes will show every scratch and ding. And rest assured, there will likely be plenty of dings and scratches.
Mickey deals in E-track galvanized fittings for van cargo control and a multitude of other parts, components, trailers, and vehicles involved in the truck and transportation industry. We sell used and new parts and vehicles, stand behind them equally, and have a customer service department that is unrivaled. Contact Mickey today to see how we can assist you with E-track fittings or any of your other specialized trucking or transportation needs.