What is a cam buckle strap? Cam buckle straps ar […]
What is a cam buckle strap?
Cam buckle straps are one of the more unique types of tie-down straps because they do not use a mechanism such as a ratchet strap to secure the cargo, which uses a ratchet to tighten the cargo. The cam buckle is tightened by hand strength, and can only be tightened if your hand strength can physically tighten it. Some of the main benefits of using straps like the Cam Buckle are that when tightening these straps, you rarely damage sensitive surfaces such as antiques, lightweight cargo with sensitive edges, or fragile valuables.
A cam buckle strap uses a cam buckle with a clip, which is similar to a belt, and holds the strap in place once the tie-down webbing is pulled through and the cam buckle is released. This is the ideal cargo hold for lighter-weight cargo or fragile cargo. Ideally, Cam Buckles are one of the most used belts for porters who deal with customers who may lose repeat customers if their valuables are damaged beyond repair. One of the very few disadvantages of using cam straps unlike ratchet or winch straps for the heaviest cargo weights,
How much weight can the cam strap hold?
On average, if your cargo weighs more than 750 pounds, you should immediately consider ratcheting or winch straps if you are using a commercial flatbed trailer. Ratchet and winch straps are designed for securing the heaviest loads, while cam buckles are designed for light to medium loads.
One of the main ways to tell if your load is safe is to look at the assembly workload limit for each strap you intend to use for your cargo securing needs. If the assembly workload limit is too small for the weight of your cargo, you will need to look for another belt. Although you should always use at least four tie-down straps when you are securing your cargo, they may still not be enough to hold your cargo. An important thing to remember when securing cargo is to know that the straps are only as strong as the weakest link or part of the strap.