Ratchet straps, also commonly called tie downs or ratcheting winch straps, are one of the most reliable means of tying down and securing cargo for transport, or simply keeping stacked goods stable and stationary. The reason that they are superior to other tie downs, such as bungee straps, is that they allow the user to take up any slack in the strap, by means of the ratchet, and to precisely control the amount of tension in the tie down strap. This means that one can provide much greater stability than other tie downs.
Ratchet tie downs are composed of 5 main parts, the ratchet strap, the anchor hook, and the ratchet buckle which is comprised of a crank handle, center latch and drum. The ratchet tie down strap is threaded through the ratchet mechanism. Moving the crank handle up and down then cause the strap to be fed through the ratchet where it is wrapped around the drum. It then holds the strap securely and maintains a constant tension until the center latch is depressed, releasing the strap.
When using a ratchet strap, it is necessary to follow proper usage procedures to prevent accidental injury to the user or damage to the property being secured. The buckle should always be positioned toward the center of whatever object is being tied down. Before securing the object, the user should check to make sure that the position of the strap will not prevent any doors, such as the tailgate of a truck, from shutting properly.
Next, it should be threaded through the drum. The tie down strap should then be pulled tight through the ratchet buckle by hand, allowing for less than a fist width of slack in the strap. Finally, the crank handle can be operated to take up the remaining slack until the object being tied down is secure. It is important that the user not over-tighten the strap, as this may damage the object, or cause the ratchet mechanism to malfunction.
To loosen the strap, one has only to squeeze the center latch and pull the crank handle back 180 degrees. The user can then pull the ratchet buckle back from the secured object to generate slack. The user will then able to unspool the strap from the drum and feed the strap our of the ratchet buckle, releasing the secured item(s).
Ratcheting winch straps can be purchased at almost any hardware or automotive shop. They generally come in widths of 2″-4″ in average lengths of 20′-30.’ However, many ratcheting winch strap manufacturers will custom make ones of whatever length the buyer desires.
They have a number of practical applications, they are most commonly used in the transportation industry to secure items atop flatbed or roofless trailers. Because the ratcheting winch provides a maximum amount of tension along the strap, it is possible to use ratchet straps to transport even very large loads without have the contents shift during transport.
Post time: Jul-04-2017