Yellow Jacket Comparison Chart

Yellow Jacket cable protectors

All dog bone¹ cable protectors look alike.

The materials and structure are the difference.

 

  Bumble Bee Cable Protector

GOOD
Yellow Jacket
BETTER
Yellow Jacket with Hiperthane

BEST
  Bumble Bee® Yellow Jacket® Yellow Jacket® with Hiperthane®
  Heavy Duty
Handles low speed truck and bus traffic
Extra Heavy Duty
Handles high speed truck and bus traffic
Extreme Heavy Duty
Handles high speed truck and bus traffic and highly abrasive environments — dry dock, military
Differences Egg Crate Construction to save on cost and weight 50% thicker base and lids, 30% more weight, stronger ramps PLUS
More durable/dense material – Hiperthane®
Structural Specifications
Weight 21 lbs 28 lbs 30 lbs
Lid Thickness 1/4" 3/8" 3/8"
Base Thickness 1/4" 3/8" 3/8"
Ramps
Structure Egg Crate™ Roman Arch ™ Roman Arch ™
Leading Edge 1/4" 2" 2"
Angle 22° 16° 16°
Material Specifications
Material Used Durathane™ Durathane™ Hiperthane®
Tensile Strength 2827 psi 2827 psi 7300 psi
Elongation 303% 303% 530%
Abrasion Resistance 113 mg lost per 1000 cycle 113 mg lost per 1000 cycle 30 mg lost per 1000 cycle
 
Safety Ratings Conforms to UL 94V-2 flammability tests Conforms to UL 94V-2 flammability tests Conforms to UL 94V-2 flammability tests
Self Extinguishing per ASTM D635-98
 
Load Bearing Capacity per Axle Exceeds maximum legally permitted axle weight Exceeds maximum legally permitted axle weight Exceeds maximum legally permitted axle weight

1 Dog bone connector was developed by Yellow Jacket, Inc.’s parent corporation and is licensed for use by others. All products specified are 5 channel cable protectors with nominal 1.25” channels.

 

WHY STRUCTURE MATTERS

WEIGHT:

  • Greater weight gives a cable protector
    • Longer life
    • The ability to absorb more punishment
    • helps keep it in place

BASE AND LIDS:

  • Thicker lids and bases are able to handle heavier loads and more abuse

RAMPS:

  • Construction:
    • Roman Arch:
      • Solid construction
      • Easily handles impact from high speed traffic from buses, fire trucks, tractor trailers, etc.
      • As weight its applied, it forms suction to hold cable protector in place
    • Egg Crate:
      • Removes material from ramp
      • Saves weight and cost
      • Handles low speed traffic from trucks, buses, forklifts, etc.
  • Leading Edge:
    • Absorbs impact from tires, etc.
    • A longer leading edge has a greater resistance to tearing and splitting
  • Angle:
    • Shallower angles easier to roll over, reducing wear and impact

 

WHY MATERIALS MATTER

TENSILE STRENGHT:

  • The greater tensile strength of a cable protector, the more stress it can handle

ELONGATION:

  • Measures how far a product will stretch before breaking
  • Higher elongation rating means fewer fractures that lead to eventual product failure

ABRASION RESISTANCE:

  • Measures resistance to scraping or wearing down by friction (i.e. tires rolling over)
  • The lower the rating the longer the product will wear

SAFETY RATINGS:

  • Should be conducted by licensed, outside laboratories per national/international standards
  • Industry standard tests for flammability include Underwriters Laboratory Standards (UL) and ASTM International Standards (ASTM)

 

ABOUT LOADING BEARING RATINGS

LOAD BEARING:

  • These are subjective ratings. There are no recognized standards or test methods for measuring load bearing. The load bearing rating “achieved” depends on the # of tires the weight is spread over, tire width, tread pattern, type of tire (solid v. pneumatic tires) and whether the test is static or dynamic
  • We recommend you call the factory about your application.

 


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