Every now and then, someone makes a product that seems so obvious and simple that you kind of kick yourself for not thinking of it first. Cable ties have been around for a while, but reusable cable ties are relatively new to the market. It’s one of those improvements that make you wonder why manufacturers didn’t just start with the reusable design. At any rate, Southwire recently jumped on the gravy train to zip tie success. Southwire Releasable Cable Ties not only come in three different lengths, but they offer a fair amount of tensile strength.
Oh right, they’re also reusable.
The Ins And Outs Of Southwire Releasable Cable Ties
Just like the name on the package says, these Southwire Releasable Cable Ties, well, release. Unlike your standard zip ties, which you have to cut apart when you don’t need them to be bundling cables anymore, these cable ties unlock, so to speak. When zipped up, these tie wraps can support up to 50 lbs. But, pressing on the tab at the head of the cable tie will release its hold, allowing you to reuse it. Forgot about a cable when you zipped the tie? No, problem, just undo your work and reuse that tie.
The Southwire Releasable Cable Ties also feature mounting holes, which will allow you to screw the ties down. This feature helps a lot when grouping cables together up a wall. Plus, it eliminates the need for adhesive mounting.
These cable ties have received the UL 622575 AH-2 Plenum rating, making them ideal for use in HVAC applications. They’re also UV resistant, which means that they won’t disintegrate quickly in direct sunlight. A pack of 100 should run you anywhere from about $9 – $16, depending on length.
We have a ton of these things laying around at this point. Sure, electricians will love them, but some of us normal folks can find pretty good uses for the Southwire Releasable Cable Ties as well. For instance, I have a pack of these in my bug-out bag. Why? Let’s say we find ourselves in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. With the infectious, chomping, living dead running around, it might be nice to have a functional tourniquet handy. Okay, so maybe I’m watching a little too much TV.
Seriously though, zip ties are great for plenty of outdoor adventure/camping scenarios or have in the car just in case. Making them reusable opens the door to plenty of temporary use applications with less waste.
Other than that, these also help on those occasions where you’ve already cabled a job, and someone goes and reconfigures the layout. Rather than burn through a ton and a half of tie wraps, if you’ve used these, you just undo them and reuse them. Plus, the mounting holes mean you can screw them into the wall rather than having to trust some adhesive to do the job. These new Southwire Releasable Cable Ties are versatile and awesome!
Southwire Releasable Cable Ties Features
- UL 62275 AH-2 Plenum Rated
- 4″ max. bundle diameter
- 50-pound tensile strength
- Available in 8″, 11″, and 14″ lengths
- Patented mounting holes
Southwire Releasable Cable Ties Specs
- Model Number: CT50R
- Height: 8″, 11″, and 14″
- Width: 0.56″
- Weight: 0.01 lbs
- Max Bundle Diameter: 2″, 3″, and 4″, respectively