Heavy-duty strapping At the National Hardware Show in Chicago, much more than the usual nuts, bolts, drills and saws of a hardware store beckoned to us. We found unique and updated products to help you maintain your equipmentand your farm.

Velcro's new Velstrap, available with a 6-ft. cam buckle or 15-ft. ratchet tie-downs, is now rated to secure heavier loads than its competitor's web straps, according to the company. The 1-in. straps have a rating of 1,200-lb. (small) or 1,500-lb. (large) capacity. Retail prices: $14.99 and $19.99, respectively. Contact Velcro USA Inc., Dept. FIN, 6420 E. Broadway Blvd., Suite B-300, Tucson, AZ 85710, 520/790-8778.

Strong, gentle winch

Coax livestock into trailers without stressing the animal or tie down a product for hauling without damaging its contents with Maasdam's Pull'rs.

The new pullers feature web straps instead of cable or rope for gentle yet powerful pulling power. They are available in three versions: 1 ton with 12- or 25-ft. straps, or 2 tons with 12-ft. straps. Straps are 1-in. wide. Prices: not available at press time. Contact Maasdam Pow'R-Pull, Dept. FIN, Box 6130, Burbank, CA 91510, 888/797-7855.

Web strap protection

Protect your webbing with the new Keeper Web Savers. The rubber holders keep web straps from shifting and fraying as you go down the road with a load. Simply loop the webbing through the 1- or 2-in. holders and place them at points where webbing is most likely to incur abrasion due to load shift. Prices not available at press time. Contact Keeper Corp., Dept. FIN, 6 Industrial Park Dr., North Windham, CT 06256 800/533-7372.

Powerful jack

Lift, push or pull up to 31/2 tons with the new Power Jack Lift from American Power Pull.

The 48-in., American-made jack will make lifting a tractor or other machinery easier and can make putting up or mending fence a bit less time consuming. It lowers to only 41/2 in. for a low ground clearance and raises and lowers a load notch by notch. List price: $100. Contact American Power Pull, Dept. FIN, 550 W. Linfoot St., Wauseon, OH 43567, 419/335-7050.

Turn an L into a T

Get better turning leverage with L-shaped wrenches when you insert them into the new Allen-Pal. The universal support holds any size L-shaped wrench and acts like a T-handle to increase leverage while turning. It can support the torque rating for any wrench and receives hex- and ball-head wrenches. Suggested retail prices: $6.95; $16.99 with 26 hex wrenches; $22.99 with 26 ball-head wrenches. Contact Wagic, Dept. FIN, 1605 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126, call toll free 877/255-3672.

Duck and cover

Manco's Removable Duck Tape sticks like any other duct tape but it can be easily pulled off any surface if needed. Its special ultraviolet-absorbing barrier allows you to remove it without having to scrape dried or gooey tape. It's especially useful for temporary fixes. The company also introduces Duck Tape in flat packets that fit in a shirt pocket for grab-and-go convenience, or waterproof camouflage tape. Price: 3 yd. removable, $1.80; 20 yd. camouflage, $4.75; flat pack, $2.00. Contact Manco Inc., Dept. FIN, 32150 Just Imagine Dr., Avon, OH 44011, 800/321-0253.

Help with electrical cords

The Plug Mate keeps electrical cords plugged together even if you reach the end of your cord. The rubber plug holder accepts all sizes of standard plugs and receptacles to prevent snagging, cord hang-up or accidental unplugging. It also keeps connections off wet floors. Suggested price: $3.99. Contact Beamer Bayer International, Dept. FIN, 346 Creek Dr., St. Davids, Ontario, Canada L0S 1P0, 905/262-5688.

Small Solder

Turn a disposable butane lighter into a handy, take-along soldering torch with the Micro-Jet. With a lighter, the two-piece, handheld gun produces a windproof flame with a temperature up to 2,400F. Retail price: $20. Contact Unival Corp., Dept. FIN, 99 Castleton St., Pleasantville, NY 10570, 914/747-5884.

Two handles are better than one

Get a good grip and put less strain on your wrist with this 5-gal., two-handled gas can from Blitz U.S.A.

The plastic cans feature the standard hand opening on the top with an added opening on the side; both have ridges for fingers. Cans come designated diesel or kerosene to eliminate mixup and feature a Pull'N Pour spout to ensure even gas flow. Price: $8.99. Contact Blitz U.S.A., Dept. FIN, 404 26th Ave. NW, Miami, OK 74354, 800/331-3795.

Super Glue's Super Goo

These waterproof putty epoxies make a permanent bond to surfaces, including cement, metal, fiberglass, wood and brick (depending on type) to repair chips, cracks or holes.

You first clean and roughen the area to be repaired, then knead the bicolored putty until it's uniform in color. Apply the putty and it cures in 24 hrs. Suggested retail price: 3 oz. (shown), $4.99. Contact Super Glue Corp., Dept. FIN, 9420 Santa Anita Ave., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730, 909/987-0550.