Cable Protector Connection Types

All cable protectors serve the same basic function—protecting cables and hoses from being damaged by various kinds of traffic as well as eliminating tripping hazards—but they do not all share the same design specifications or features. One of the design features that distinguishes one cable protector from another is the kind of connector used to link individual cable protectors together.

All cable protectors from Checkers feature a modular interlocking design that allows users to easily connect cable protectors together and extend cable protection to any length. Beyond certain similarities, however, connectors come in a variety of shapes and are designed to function in various applications. Some connectors are manufactured for high-load environments like industrial settings; others are made for quick deployment or light-traffic applications like entertainment venues; and some connectors, like the “Gripper” Grip Guard connector, are ergonomically designed to be easier to carry.

Connector Types and Load Capacity

The first component to consider when looking for the right connector type is the environment it will be used in. Each connector type is designed with a specific application in mind. Some are meant for light-duty settings and others are meant for high-load worksites. To help you find the right connector type, here is a description of the various load-capacities and the connector type that would perform best in those settings.

High-Load Capacity. For applications with heavy trucks or other vehicles like industrial, mining or military settings, it is important to choose a connector type that is designed to withstand extreme weight. The Linebacker cable protector features a T-shaped connector that is designed for high-load capacities while retaining connection integrity between cable protectors. The heavy-duty Yellow Jacket with Dog-bone connectors is also well suited for high-load capacities.

Medium-Load Capacity. For environments with smaller vehicles or large amounts of foot traffic like public, commercial or entertainment venues, connectors that combine versatility and durability are ideal. The Yellow Jacket with Dog-Bone connectors or the Guard Dog with Dog-bone connectors would be well-suited to this environment.

Light-Load Capacity. For lighter traffic environments that mostly consist of foot traffic or lightweight vehicles, The Bumble Bee with Dog-bone or T-connectors, the Fastlane with L-connectors, and the Grip Guard Gripper connectors are ideal. Both the Fastlane and Grip Guard are easy to deploy and the ergonomic handles of the Gripper connectors make it easier to transport.

Descriptions of Connector Types

In addition to the context a connector will be used in, it is also important to consider what kind of connector type your cable protector should have. Here is a breakdown of the different connector types to help you find which one is right for you.

T-Shaped Connectors. These connectors are suitable for a range of cable protection needs, from high load bearingT-Shaped Cable Protector Connector operations to lighter and more general uses. The advantage of the T-Connector is that it is difficult to pull apart. Thanks to the patented design of these connectors, users will not have to worry about cable protectors coming apart due to the weight of heavy vehicles. The shape of the connector allows it to maintain its hold even when under tremendous loads.

These connectors are constructed from a durable, all-weather polyethylene that is lightweight and easy to transport. T-Connectors are ideal for public and commercial venues, industrial facilities, construction sites, or any environment where cables and hoses need to be protected from traffic like carts, trucks or other heavy vehicles.

Checkers Cable Protection Systems that use T-Shaped connectors.

Model No. Name Maximum Cable OD Load Capacity (per Axle) Number of Channels
CP5X125 Linebacker® Series Heavy Duty 5-Channel 1.35 in. (3.43 cm) 40,300 lb. (18,280 kg) 5
CP4X125 Linebacker® Series Heavy Duty 4-Channel 1.35 in. (3.43 cm) 40,300 lb. (18,280 kg) 4
CP3X225 Linebacker® Series Heavy Duty 3-Channel 2.25 in. (5.72 cm) 28,420 lb. (12,892 kg) 3
CP2X325 Linebacker® Series Heavy Duty 2-Channel 3.25 in. (8.27 cm) 21,760 lb. (9,870 kg 2
CP4X300 Linebacker® Series General Manufacturing 4-Channel 3 in. (7.62 cm) 20,200 lb. (9,163 kg) 4
CP5X125-GP Linebacker® Series General Purpose 5-Channel 1.3 in. (3.3 cm) 21,000 lb. (9,526 kg) 5
CP1X125 Linebacker® Series General Purpose Drop Over/Split Top 1.25 in. Channel 1.25 in. (3.18 cm) 23,400 lb. (10,614 kg) 1
CP1X225 Linebacker® Series General Purpose Drop Over/Split Top 2.25 in. Channel 2.25 in. (5.72 cm) 17,000 lb. (7,712 kg) 1
BB5-125-T Bumble Bee® Light Duty 5-Channel with T-Connectors 1.25 in. (3.18 cm) 12,000 lb. (5,444 kg) 5

 

Dog-Bone Connectors. The versatility and ergonomic design of the Dog-Bone connectors are just a few of the featuresDog Bone Cable Protector Connector that make them the most popular connectors in the world. When connected to other cable protectors, the Dog-Bone connectors will retain their integrity under the weight of heavy vehicles and other large equipment. However, by simply lifting the connectors to the appropriate angle, users can easily slide the Dog-Bone connectors apart.

This combination of toughness and ease-of-use makes the Dog-Bone connector ideal for a range of applications in the entertainment industry such as movie sets, festivals, or concerts. Not only does the shape of the Dog Bone make it easy to assemble and disassemble, but its ergonomic grip also makes it easy to transport. Additionally, the Dog-Bone connector is compatible with many other cable protection models and accessories, and its modular-interlocking design will allow users to extend cable protection to any length.

Checkers Cable Protection Systems that use Dog Bone connectors.

Model No. Name Maximum Cable OD Load Capacity (per Axle) Number of Channels
YJ5-125 Yellow Jacket® Series Heavy Duty 5-Channel 1 in. (2.54 cm) 32,600 lb. (14,787 kg) 5
YJ5-125-ADA Yellow Jacket® Series Heavy Duty 5-Channel ADA 1.325 in. (3.37 cm) 21,000 lb. (9,526 kg) 5
YJ4-125 Yellow Jacket® Series Heavy Duty 4-Channel 1.25 in. (3.18 cm) 32,600 lb. (14,787 kg) 4
YJ3-225 Yellow Jacket® Series Heavy Duty 3-Channel 2.125 in. (5.4 cm) 28,420 lb. (12,892 kg) 3
YJ5-400 Yellow Jacket® Series Heavy Duty 5-Channel - 3.75 in. Channel 3.75 in. (9.53 cm) 15,980 lb. (7,248 kg) 5
YJ1-500 Yellow Jacket® Series Heavy Duty 1-Channel 5 in. Height 5 in. (12.7 cm) 18,780 lb. (8,518 kg) 1
YJ2-400 Yellow Jacket® Series Extreme Crossover System 2-Channel 3.75 in. (9.53 cm) 800,000 lb. (362,873 kg) 2
GD5X125 Guard Dog® Series General Purpose 5-Channel 1.325 in. (3.37 cm) 21,000 lb. (9,526 kg) 5
GD5X125-ADA Guard Dog® Series General Purpose 5-Channel ADA 1.325 in. (3.37 cm) 21,000 lb. (9,526 kg) 5
GD3X225 Guard Dog® Series General Purpose 3-Channel 2.25 in. (5.8 cm) 28,420 lb. (12,892 kg) 3
GD5X75-ST Guard Dog® Series Low Profile 5-Channel 0.75 in. (1.9 cm) 48,000 lb. (21,772 kg) 5
GD5X75 Guard Dog® Series Low Profile 5-Channel w/ ADA Ramps 0.75 in. (1.9 cm) 68,000 lb. (30,844 kg) 5
GD3X75-ST Guard Dog® Series Low Profile 3-Channel 0.75 in. (1.9 cm) 34,000 lb. (15,422 kg) 3
GD3X75 Guard Dog® Series Low Profile 3-Channel w/ ADA Ramps 0.75 in. (1.9 cm) 54,000 lb. (24,492 kg) 3
GD2X75-ST Guard Dog® Series Low Profile 2-Channel 0.75 in. (1.9 cm 26,000 lb. (11,792 kg) 2
GD2X75 Guard Dog® Series Low Profile 2-Channel w/ ADA Ramps 0.75 in. (1.9 cm 46,000 lb. (20,864 kg) 2
GD1X75-ST Guard Dog® Series Low Profile 1-Channel 0.75 in. (1.9 cm 26,000 lb. (11,792 kg) 1
GD1X75 Guard Dog® Series Low Profile 1-Channel w/ ADA Ramps 0.75 in. (1.9 cm 46,000 lb. (20,864 kg) 1
GD3-DO Guard Dog® Series General Purpose Drop Over 3-Channel 1.325 in. (3.37 cm) 21,000 lb. (9,526 kg) 3
FF5X125 Firefly® Illuminated 5-Channel 1.15 in. (2.92 cm) 18,000 lb. (8,164 kg) 5
BB5-125-D Bumble Bee® Light Duty 5-Channel with Dog Bone Connectors 1.25 in. (3.18 cm) 12,000 lb. (5,444 kg) 5

 

Hourglass Connectors. These connectors were designed as part of the AMS or Advanced Modular System. The AMS isHourglass Cable Protector Connector a cable protection system that uses patented technology to allow users to employ separate cable protection sections in order to achieve a wide range of customizable layouts. As such, the AMS is a fully expandable system that can hold an unlimited number of cables.

The Hourglass connector is designed to make the AMS sections connect easily while still retaining the integrity of its hold, even under extreme weight. The AMS system that features the Hourglass connector is ideal for environments with heavy vehicle traffic and is available with both standard and ADA compliant ramps.

Checkers Cable Protection Systems that use Hourglass connectors.

Model No. Name Maximum Cable OD Load Capacity (per Axle) Number of Channels
YJ5-125-AMS Yellow Jacket® Series Heavy Duty 5-Channel AMS System 1.25 in. (3.18 cm) 32,600 lb. (14,787 kg) 5
YJ3-225-AMS Yellow Jacket® Series Heavy Duty 3-Channel AMS System 2.25 in. (5.72 cm) 28,420 lb. (12,892 kg) 3



Gripper Connectors. As a part of the Grip Guard cable protector, Gripper connectors feature an ergonomic andGripper Cable Protector Connector innovative design. These connectors are designed to fit the contour of users’ hands for easy transportation. In addition to being easy to grip, the lightweight, polyurethane construction of these cable protection systems makes them easy to carry and assemble as well.

With a maximum load capacity of 10,000 pounds, Gripper connectors are well suited for light- to medium-duty cable protection. Grip Guard cable protectors are the lightest in the world, weighing an astonishing 60 percent less than other comparable polyurethane protectors. Combined with the other features of the Grip Guard cable protector, the Gripper connectors are the most user-friendly connectors available.

Checkers Cable Protection Systems that use Gripper connectors.

Model No. Name Maximum Cable OD Load Capacity (per Axle) Number of Channels
GG5X125 Grip Guard® Series Lightweight 5-Channel 1.25 in. (3.18 cm) 10,000 lb. (4,534 kg) 5
GG3X225 Grip Guard® Series Lightweight 3-Channel 2.25 in. (5.72 cm) 10,000 lb. (4,534 kg) 3



L-Shaped Connectors. These connectors are designed for quick deployment and ease of use. The L-Connectors areL-Shaped Cable Protector Connector part of the Fastlane cable protectors that are ideal for light-duty, light-traffic environments. The shape of the L-Connector helps it to retain its hold even under the weight of foot traffic, carts or other small-wheeled vehicles.

These connectors feature a modular-interlocking design that allows users to extend them to any length. The L-Connectors are ideal for public and commercial venues where cable protectors need to be set up or broken down quickly.

Checkers Cable Protection Systems that use L-Shaped connectors.

Model No. Name Maximum Cable OD Load Capacity (per Axle) Number of Channels
FL1X1.5 FastLane® Series Lightweight 1-Channel Drop Over 0.50 in. (1.27 cm) 2,100 lb. (954 kg) 1
FL1X4 FastLane® Series Lightweight 1-Channel Drop Over 1 in. (2.54 cm) 2,100 lb. (954 kg) 1
FL2X1.75 FastLane® Series Lightweight 2-Channel Drop Over 1 in. (2.54 cm) 2,100 lb. (954 kg) 2

 

Finding the Right Cable Protector


Connector types are not the only factor to consider when looking for a cable protector, but they are important. Now that you understand the ideal applications of various connector types, take a look at our cable protectors that feature the connectors you think would best suit your cable protection needs.

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