How to Use a Ratchet Strap

Published on 01/12/18

Ratchet straps can make for the perfect method for transporting cargo, securing a load, and making sure your valuable items arrive at their destination safely! Ratchet straps can be known as Ratchet straps, Ratchet Tie Down Straps, Tie Downs, Cargo Straps, Transportation straps, or Webbing straps.

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Firstly, it’s important to note that you should always know your load weight limits and any potential obstacles you may have to overcome; such as a securement point needing a special hook such as S hooks, J Hooks, Wire Hooks, or maybe even Flat hooks.

It is very important to also note that you should never use ratchet straps or tie down straps if the straps are defective. Ratchet straps have a life expectancy of around 3 years, but can last longer depending on how they are used (avoiding friction and caring for straps goes a long way) depending on applications. If Ratchet Straps have any sort of damage, are wet, have mold or mildew, or have any visible signs of damage; they are unsafe to use and should wait till they are dry or if they have visible tears, webbing missing, or damage they should be replaced with new tie down straps.

The most important thing to note before proceeding with using Ratchet Straps is knowing the Working Weight Limit of what you are attempting to secure for transport. The Working Weight Limit (WLL) is the weight that determines if the ratchet straps are safe to use for every application. If you are attempting to move something make sure the working weight limit is strong enough to secure the load you are looking to move. The WLL is not to be mistaken by the Breaking Strength of a Ratchet Strap. Now you know the basics behind using a ratchet strap let’s begin with the step by step tutorial on how to use a ratchet strap.

How to Tighten a Ratchet Strap
If you need to tighten a tie down: Firstly, from the bottom of the ratchet thread the webbing through the center spool and pull the webbing through removing some of the excess webbing slack.

From bottom thread the webbing through the center spool of the ratchet and pull through the webbing, removing the excess webbing slack.

Next, pull the slack out and leave enough webbing to rotate the ratchet mandrill back and forth 3-4 times.

Make sure that the handle is completely down and secured during the ratchet. If the ratchet is partially or not completely closed it can be unintentionally released. How to Tighten a Ratchet Strap

How to Release a Ratchet Strap
If you need to release a tie down: Press release on the level and pull the ratchet handle at the same time.

Open the ratchet until the ratchet is completely open and lying flat. How to Release a Ratchet Strap Next, pull the webbing out of the ratchet mandrill and the Ratchet is now released from the webbing.

It’s important to store the Ratchet Straps in a friction free, dry, safe location to prevent wears and tears on your ratchet straps to make the life span on your ratchet tie downs straps last longer.

It’s important to note to always look over your ratchet straps before using them for any visible signs of damage wears, or other defects that the straps are unsafe to use and you will need to purchase new straps.

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Our YouTube tutorial on How to use a Ratchet Strap
In this video today we will be demonstrating how to properly assemble and disassemble Ratchet Straps. Ratchet Straps are a very tricky piece of equipment when not used properly. Many straps may get jammed or break because of misuse of the Ratchet Straps. Hopefully, by the end of this video, you should have a firm grasp on how to properly assemble and use Ratchet Straps.

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Different types of Hooks
Some of the different types of hooks that we provide in our store selection include but are not limited to S hooks, J hooks, Flat hooks, and Wire hooks. Our straps are made for order so there is always an endless selection for your custom made order. All of our orders typically ship out the same day, however certain periods of the year may be quicker or slower depending on demand or ongoing sales and promotions.

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How to Determine What Size Webbing is Best There are many different types of webbing sizes to decide from when you are looking to purchase ratchet straps. One of the best ways to tell which size will be best for every application determines on the WLL or Working Weight Limit of the product. Typically, the general rule of thumb would be that the bigger the width of the webbing the higher that the webbing for the strap is rated for. This does not always apply due to every hook and accessories combination being different.

The one-inch selection of Ratchet Straps is typically used for Motorcycles, ATV’s, DIY projects, Garden, and smaller working weight limit projects, however, don’t get confused for being weak or not strong. Depending on the hardware used on the tie-down straps the working weight limit may vary. You can view our one-inch ratchet straps selection here

The two-inch Ratchet Straps are best used for flatbed trailers, truck beds, pickup trailers, ships, trains, or anything that may need to be used to secure freight short or long distance. You can view our two-inch Ratchet Straps selection here

The three-inch Ratchet Straps are best used for heavy duty cargo shipping such as flatbeds or inside a semi-trailer. You can view our heavy duty three-inch ratchet straps selection here

The four-inch Ratchet Straps are best used for those extra heavy cargo securement jobs such as flatbed trucking, cargo ships, rail road cars, car hauling, or any other heavy duty or industrial grade securement tasks.

Lodi Metal’s Motorcycle Straps are a great way to ensure the safety of your sweet rides! We make some of the highest quality motorcycles and tie down straps in the industry keeping you and your ride safe. You can see our full motorcycle straps selection here

In the need for a replacement part for your tie down straps? Don’t worry we have got you covered on replacement pieces for all your Ratchet Straps parts needs. Check out our full selection of replacement straps here downs

At Lodi Metals, we have 25 years of experience in satisfying our customers with custom-made ratchet straps to fit their specific needs without charging a premium for the tie downs. Custom making ratchet straps with a quick lead time, and without breaking the bank is what sets us apart from the competition.

It’s important to know your WLL or your load before you attempt to move any cargo to make sure you are in the green area of moving

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