Ratchet tie down can be used in a variety of ways. They are a versatile tool that can be used to secure cargo in a truck or just to secure something in the yard.
Tie-down straps (also called ratchet straps) are used to secure cargo or equipment during transport. Tie-down straps are webbing with tie-down hardware sewn to them. The hardware allows the tie strap to be attached to the area around the cargo or equipment, wrap around the cargo or equipment, and/or attached to the cargo or equipment. It also usually provides a way to introduce tension to hold the item in place. Hardware comes in a variety of options; ratchets, cam buckles, snap hooks, flat hooks, wire hooks, S-hooks, and more.
Two common types of tie-down straps are endless straps and two-piece straps.
Endless Loop Belt As the name suggests, an endless belt is a single piece of webbing that wraps around the item to be protected and reassembles at the tie-down fastener (ratchet or cam buckle) for fastening and providing tension.
Two-piece ratchet strap
Camouflage Ratchet Strap Two-piece tie-down strap is a separate component constructed from two separate pieces of webbing, each with its hardware, one end is secured around the area of the device to be protected and connected, in a ratchet or cam buckle place.
Ratchet straps are manufactured to secure cargo to trucks, trailers, boats, and other freight carriers. Most ratchet straps are made from polyester webbing to minimize weathering and damage. Ratchet straps come in a wide variety of hardware such as; flat hooks, snap hooks, wire hooks, grappling hooks, S hooks, chains, e accessories, etc.
You should inspect your ratchet straps before each use and replace any tie-down strap assemblies that are not in good working order. Do not use ratchet straps if there are fraying, broken, or frayed stitches, holes, tears, cuts, or any tie-down hardware that appears to be defective.
Choosing the Right Ratchet Strap for Your Application
1. Calculate the weight and dimensions of the cargo you want to secure
2. Tie-down straps need to be equal to or greater than the Working Load Limit (WLL) for this weight
3. Choose the length you need
4. Choose the hardware that best suits your application (ratchet, hook, etc.)