Banding and strapping tools are handheld devices that are used to hold an otherwise loose load firmly together. Banding tools are used to tightly band the outside of a collection of objects while strapping tools are designed to apply strapping in tension. When selecting banding and strapping tools, specifications to consider include tool type, power source, banding or strapping width, banding or strapping thickness, and band or strap materials. In terms of features, some banding and strapping tools are designed for heat sealing and friction welding, manufacturing processes that use heat and/or pressure to seal a package. Others are portable, untethered or feature soft handles. 

Banding and strapping tools differ in terms of tool type. Combination banding and strapping tools are used perform multiple functions. The same tool can be used to apply tension, seal the banding or strapping, and cut the band or strap to a desired length. Cutting tools are used for cutting banding and/or strapping to specified lengths or sizes. Sealing tools are used to close and seal a band or strap around a package or crate, typically while the band or strap is held firmly in place by a tensioner. Seal-less tools secure a load without the use or friction or other permanent bonding techniques such as heat sealing. Tensioning tools apply and maintain the correct tension to banding and/or strapping while the load is secured. Other types of banding and strapping tools are also available.  

Banding and strapping tools may be either powered or unpowered. Power tools include a wide range of devices. They are usually motor-driven. Electrically-powered banding and strapping tools use either batteries or hard-wired connections. Hydraulic tools are powered by the flow and pressure of a fluid. Typically, these devices use oil or water-based fluids that are pressurized by hydraulic power units or hydraulic pumps. Pneumatic tools are powered by the flow and pressure of a compressed gas. Typically, these devices use compressed air or compressed carbon dioxide that is stored in small canisters for portability. Manually-powered banding and strapping tools use levers, screws, springs and other mechanisms to provide a mechanical advantage.