Secure Your Cargo with Flatbed Winch Straps: A Comprehensive Guide

Published on 02/28/23

4 inch Winch Strap with Flat Hooks designed for securing cargo on flatbed trailers

What is a Flatbed Winch Strap?

Are you looking for a reliable solution to transport your heavy cargo on a flatbed truck safely? Look no further than the flatbed winch strap – the heavy-duty strap trusted by the transportation industry.

Crafted with high-quality polyester webbing, this long, flat strap features a winch on one end and a sturdy hook on the other. The winch can easily be attached to a winch track, commonly installed along the sides of a flatbed truck, and used to fasten the cargo in place securely.

From construction equipment to lumber and steel coils, the flatbed winch strap is the go-to choice for professionals who value strength and durability. With a high breaking strength, you can trust that your cargo will remain secure throughout its journey, no matter the conditions. Say goodbye to worries about shifting loads and hello to peace of mind on the road with the flatbed winch strap.

Flatbed Trailer Being Hauled Down the Road

What are the Benefits of using Winch Straps?

Secure cargo: – The primary benefit of using flatbed winch straps is that they help to secure cargo on a flatbed truck. The straps are designed to be strong and durable, with a high breaking strength, which means that they can safely hold heavy loads in place during transport. Winch straps are great at securing cargo loads that are oversized, oddly shaped, or extremely heavy in weight on flatbed trailers that are open decks with no barrier walls to protect the cargo.

Versatile: – Flatbed winch straps are versatile and can be used to secure a variety of different types of cargo ranging from construction equipment, lumber, steel coils, farm equipment, and more. As flatbed trailers do not have walls the possibilities for securing different sizes and shapes or cargo are truly endless.

Easy to use: – Flatbed winch straps are easy to use and can be quickly and easily tightened using the winch. These winch track systems are installed along the sides of the trailer and can be tightened into place without the use of ratchet hardware. This makes it simple for drivers and other personnel to secure the cargo without the need for specialized tools or equipment.

Cost-effective: – Flatbed winch straps are a cost-effective solution for securing cargo on a flatbed truck. They are typically less expensive than other types of cargo-securing devices such as Ratchet Straps and Transport chains as they do not use heavy hardware that can be expensive to manufacture or ship to your location. On average Flatbed Winch Straps are over 60% cheaper than alternative Ratchet Straps as using less hardware and the cost to ship the heavy-duty hardware to your location can quickly add up.

Increased safety: – When cargo is not properly secured on a flatbed truck, it can shift or fall off during transport, causing damage to the cargo, the truck, and potentially other vehicles on the road. Using flatbed winch straps helps to increase safety by ensuring that the cargo remains securely in place during transport.

Veeboard Corner Protectors for Flatbed Winch Straps

How to Make Flatbed Winch Straps Last Longer

One of the best ways to help make flatbed winch straps last longer over time is through the use of Corner Protectors. Corner Protectors help to create a barrier between the polyester tie-down webbing and the cargo that you are securing that may have sharp metal or sharp wooden edges that can cause friction burns or tears in the webbing itself causing the need for the straps to be repaired or replaced.

Customers can typically expect winch straps for those who use them daily to last a couple of months under extreme stress to those who don’t use them as often upwards of several years. Ultimately the amount of time you can expect the winch straps to last depends on if you are using corner protectors and how you are storing them, avoiding sharp edges, and keeping away from areas that could cause the webbing to burn or fray during transit.

With the addition of Corner Protectors, you can expect the straps to last on average several additional weeks upwards of several additional months depending on how often they are used on average. This may vary on various factors such as how the straps are stored, preventing overtightening, and avoiding metal edges.

One of the major benefits of using winch straps compared to ratchet straps is that only the webbing and the hook hardware preference of choice need to be manufactured. Allowing you to save big when it comes to the price of shipping and when it comes to the cost of the strap to buy an entirely new one.

At the time this article is being written 4” x 30’ Winch Straps with Flat Hooks start as low as $12.99 each + the cost of shipping vs 4” x 30’ Ratchet Straps with Flat Hooks starting as low as $38.95. The major differences in the cost to manufacture and the cost of shipping comes from the 4-inch Ratchet Hardware. The ratchet hardware alone weighs over 8 lbs alone and is over 12 inches in length.

Different Types of Custom Made Flatbed Straps

The Different Customization Options for Winch Straps

At Lodi Metals we are one of the leading manufacturers of Winch Straps and Tie Down Straps in the United States and have the capability to custom-make just about any kind of strap that you could think of. No matter if you are looking for the color of webbing to match your rig, a custom length of webbing to fit your cargo control application needs, or putting your company name onto the straps through stenciling we have the capability to make the ideal strap for an additional cost.

Our Winch Straps started with heavy-duty 2-inch, 3-inch, or 4-inch wide polyester tie-down webbing made to the length of the cargo securement needs. Polyester Tie Down Webbing is the tie-down webbing of choice due to its high strength, durability, and very little stretching that helps to ensure the cargo does not move out of place during transport. Depending on the weight of your cargo we have straps ranging from 3,335 lbs working load limit to upwards of 5,670 lbs working load limit for our heaviest duty 4-inch wide straps built to accommodate some of the heaviest loads on the road.

We take pride in being able to make quality straps right here in Bellville, Ohio house and if you don’t see the ideal combination you are looking for in your cargo control applications you can give our experts a call today at 800-807-5634 or by using our online contact us form located at the top of the website. We look forward to helping you find the ideal strap, providing you with a quote delivered to your doorstep, or helping answer any questions you may have to keep your cargo secured safely.

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Professional Flatbed Truck Driver Waiting to be loaded on trailer

Frequently Asked Flatbed Winch Strap Questions

Can I use a Damaged Winch Strap? – No, you should never use a winch strap that has become damaged as it can easily break under the weight of the cargo you are securing, causing potential damage or injury. If your Winch Strap has become damaged you should replace it before using it again as the damaged strap is unsafe to use and should be disposed of as soon as possible to avoid injury or damage.

What is the Weight Capacity of a Flatbed Winch Strap? – The weight capacity of a flatbed winch strap can vary depending on the size and the strength of the strap. 4-inch wide winch straps are our heaviest duty strength and feature a 5,400 lbs safe working load limit and a 5,670 lbs safe working load limit depending on the hardware options that are used with the 4-inch wide polyester tie-down webbing. The webbing features a 24,000 lbs breaking strength and is designed to secure some of the heaviest cargo being transported on the roadways is a great affordable alternative to traditional Grade 70 transport chains.

Are Corner Protectors worth the investment? – Corner protectors are crucial in helping to protect your winch straps and the edges of your cargo. By purchasing corner protectors you can improve safety, prevent damage, and help to enhance the durability of your straps and the safety of the cargo you are transporting.