Using a cam clasp is an alternative to using a ratchet […]
Using a cam clasp is an alternative to using a ratchet strap. Cam buckles are designed for smaller applications and are used to secure more fragile cargo. Because the cam buckle can only be tightened as far as it can go, there is less risk of damage to the cargo due to over-tightening.
Heavy-duty cam buckles are made of hard-wearing polyester webbing and are ideal for securing cargo to pallets, trailers, or truck chassis. They can also be used around the home, shop, garage, farm, etc.
Secure the end of the strap, or if using an endless cam buckle, wrap the length of the strap around the item you want to secure. Holding the webbing in one hand and the buckle in the other, depress the lever on the buckle with your thumb and thread the webbing through the notch on the bottom of the buckle. While holding the thumb lever, thread the webbing through the buckle. To tension, release the lever and pull the webbing until the slack disappears. Corner protectors can be used if securing boxes or other potentially damaged goods. Once secured, make sure any loose webbing is out of the way to prevent whiplash during transport and reduce the risk of tripping or the webbing getting caught in moving parts.
If using cam buckles to tie cargo to the back of a truck or trailer, check that all tie-downs are secure before leaving, and then check again after 20 to 30 miles to make sure there is no looseness.
If cam buckles are used to secure the load to the pallet, be sure to thread the webbing through the pallet body from one side to avoid damage by the forklift when lifting the pallet. Make sure the buckle is on the top of the item, not the side, as it needs to be on a flat surface to achieve the desired tension.
To release the cam buckle and release the load, depress the thumb lever and pull the webbing back through the buckle.
Be sure to follow these cam buckle instructions to ensure your load is securely and effectively secured.