Polywoven strapping is the new generation material used to strap all of the components of the beehive (hive bottom, top, brood box and honey boxes) together as a single unit. In contrast to the metal strapping it supercedes, polywoven strapping is soft and easy to handle and with a breaking strain of 1000kg, is much stronger and durable. Where metal strapping develops metal fatigue and breaks from constantly being folded at the same point, the polywoven strapping can be used almost indefinately without breaking. The specification of the polywoven strapping is:
Length: 500 metres per role
Strength: 1000kg breaking strain
Colour: White with 2 red lines
Its superior strength also enables the hive components to be strapped together much tighter than with metal strapping without bending the dogbone winder of the hive lock mechanism and it retains its tension on the beehive where as metal stretches and becomes loose over time.