What is a ratchet strap? Ratchet tie-down straps […]
What is a ratchet strap?
Ratchet tie-down straps is hardware-equipped webbing straps that can be used to tighten the webbing and secure cargo securely in the vehicle. They come in a variety of end fittings and ratchet styles, but they all work together in pretty much the same way. You can connect two straps, usually made of high-quality polyester webbing material, via a ratchet assembly. The ratchet allows you to thread webbing or straps through the hardware for a tighter, more secure fit when securing cargo.
These are typically used to transport large items in truck beds, but they can also be used to secure cargo on flatbeds or other smaller vehicles. Whether you want to move the mattress yourself, or have a truck full of items for a major move, lacing straps can improve safety on the go.
How to use a ratchet strap
Follow the steps below to learn how to use a ratchet or tie-down strap effectively.
How to Thread a Ratchet Strap
To put on the ratchet strap, first open the ratchet a little so you can access the spool. Now you slide the strap over the spool and rewind it back. At this point, pull on the strap to remove any excess slack. Once all the slack is removed, you can start adjusting to the tension you want, keeping the belt straight. Once the desired tension is achieved, lock the ratchet in the closed position. To release the strap, open the ratchet fully so that it lies completely flat. Once it's flat, it's in the release position. Come on, pull your straps out. In some cases, you may not need the strength of a ratchet strap. In these cases, you will use a cam buckle. Cam straps come with a variety of accessories: butterfly fittings, e-track fittings, f-track hooks and spring e-fittings, handlebar straps with s-hooks, flat spring hooks and s-hooks. Cam buckles are usually available in 1" and 2" sizes.
How to Thread a Cam Buckle
To put on the cam clasp, turn the cam clasp over and feed the strap back while pressing the thumb release. While pressing the thumb release button, pull the strap to the desired tension and release. To remove the strap, press the thumb button and pull on the strap. You don't have to pull out the straps all the way, just reach your cargo. When choosing between a ratchet strap and a cam buckle, it often comes down to workload constraints, or how fragile the product is. If it's something light and fragile, choose a cam buckle as you can't over-tighten and possibly crush the product. If it's heavier and less fragile, a ratchet strap is usually a better choice.