Generic Cable Ties - Are They Worth the Savings?

Cable Tie FashionWhile some installers and manufacturers see the price-point as the most important criteria when selecting a cable tie, there are real advantages to using a more professional and specialised product. 

Not all Cable Ties are created equal! Is it all just marketing spin, or are the differences between the lower & higher cost ties worth considering? We stock an enormous range of cable ties that vary in size, capabilities, certification and of course, price. Sometimes it can be daunting to figure out what will be the best to use in your next project.

Standards are constantly evolving. For example, in 2016 a set of new “type” designations for cable ties and fixing devices were introduced. In particular, the designation “Type 21S” include the recognition of certain performance criteria, as well as the recognition of the raw material used to make them. In practice, “Type 21S” defines products suitable to support flexible metal conduits and cables in construction, in accordance with the applicable installation codes.

If you are not sure which standards are relevant for your application, please feel welcome to contact one of our experienced product specialists. 

Comparison: High Quality NPA Ties Vs Generic 'Low Cost' Ties

  Quality NPA Cable Tie Generic Alternative
Extreme Weather / Environment Maintains its strength over time, regardless of fluctuating temperature and humidity of its environment. More likely to become brittle and weak in harsh environments.
Outdoor (UV) Performance Specialised ties are made of UV resistant materials. Will disintegrate faster when exposed to sunlight.
Ties designed for specific applications (eg in marine or solar power environments) will be certified according to that industry's relevant certification/s.  Generic ties rarely have genuine certifications and are sometimes outdated. 
Marketing and
Product Information
Quality ties have clear product information that articulates relevant specifications of the product and its certifications. Packaging and marketing is usually unspecific about properties such as material and tolerances.

Key Features of NPA Quality Cable Ties

Here are some of the key features found in many of our professional-grade cable ties. 
Quality NPA Cable Ties Vs Cheaper Generic Ties


While using cheaper, generic ties can sometimes result in small cost savings, we think that many commercial and professional applications are better served with cable ties that hold relevant certifications, are specifically designed for the prevailing conditions and are designed for optimal usability by commercial installers. 



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