Cinch Strap Method – An Emergency Alternative to Pipe Stakes

The flatbed trucker who frequently hauls loads of different size pipe might choose to use pipes stakes as his/her primary method for cargo control and preventing cargo from falling in the event of a strap failure. This is an excellent strategy that should be practiced by anyone who normally hauls pipe or tubing. But there are times when doing so is just not impossible. What do you do then? A trucker can use the cinch strap method of control as an emergency alternative.

Consider the trucker who arrives for a contracted load and, due to some kind of misunderstanding, is not prepared to carry a collection of odd-sized pipes. He has no pipe takes on board and no desire to spend valuable time hunting down and purchasing those stakes. His load can still be properly secured with the cinch strap method of pipe securing.


How Cinch Strapping Works

Winch straps made of durable webbing material are usually run over the top of pipe loads and secured by winches on either side of the trailer. This method of strapping keeps the load firmly on the trailer. However, it doesn’t keep different sized pipes from spreading apart. Shippers try to do their part by tying multiple pieces of pipe together using nylon straps, but those straps are not going to hold up for the entire duration of a long journey. Cinch strapping is the solution.

Before piping is loaded onto the back of the trailer, run a winch strap across the bed and secure on one side using the appropriate winch. Position two or three additional straps, evenly space, the same way. Then step back and wait for the pipe to be loaded by the shipper. Once loading is complete, each of the cinch straps you laid down can be run over the load, back underneath the load, and then secured on the opposite side of the trailer. You are essentially creating a loop that, when winched tightly, keeps all of those pipes together. Then apply your winch straps across the top and you are done.

Combining Cinch Straps with Pipe Stakes

The process described above works well in an emergency situation when you really need pipe stakes but do not have them. But you can also combine cinch strapping with pipe stakes when you have loads that do not extend fully to the sides of your trailer. What would be the benefit of doing so? Protecting your pipe stakes in the event the load was to break loose.

Without cinch straps in place, those nylon straps that shippers use to tie pipes together could break and send the load falling toward the sides of your trailer with tremendous force. Pipe stakes should prevent the load from falling off the trailer, but they could be dented or bent in the process. Then you would be left having to purchase new stakes to replace them. Cinch strapping reduces this risk.

It’s a good idea to use pipes stakes whenever hauling mixed loads of odd sized pipe or tubing. An even better idea is to combine pipe stakes with the cinching strap method of securement for extra protection.

Mytee Products carries a full line of cargo control equipment, including both pipe stakes and winch straps. Each of our products comes from brand-name manufacturers and is made with reliable, durable materials you can trust for long life and maximum security. We invite you to take a look at our complete inventory while you are here on our website. You are sure to find everything you need for safe and secure flatbed trucking.

Applying Working Load Limit to Cargo Control

You are a professional truck driver browsing the Mytee website looking for new binders to add to your toolbox. At the back of your mind is the knowledge that you could possibly be completely unprepared for a new job if you do not purchase the right kinds of binders. As such, some of the concerns are working load limit (WLL), whether you are purchasing a Durabilt ratchet binder, a removable handle binder, or any of the other binder products we carry.

There is a science behind WLL and how it is applied to every load you carry. For the purposes of definition, WLL is the amount of force that can be applied to a piece of lifting or securing equipment without breaking that piece. WLL ratings are usually stamped on binders to make it easier for customers to know what they are purchasing.


As a general rule for American manufacturers, WLL is about one-fifth of the force necessary to cause failure, also known as minimum breaking strength. By making WLL less than minimum breaking strength, manufacturers give users a little bit of wiggle room without substantially increasing risk.

Calculating Working Load Limit for The Cargo Load

Making sure you have the right equipment to secure a load properly is a matter of a simple mathematics. The total WLL required for safe transport on a flatbed trailer is equal to one-half of the total weight of the cargo being carried. That means 20,000 pounds of cargo must be secured with chains and binders with a minimum WLL of 10,000 pounds.

Ensuring the right WLL for a given load is easy when chains and binders are rated equally. When they are not, the trucker uses the lesser of the two. In other words, assume a binder with a 4,500-pound WLL is paired with the chain rated at 5,500 pounds. The total WLL of the assembly is the lesser of the two – 4,500 pounds in this case.

This seemingly minute detail should never be overlooked. Using the higher of the two ratings could lead to improper securing that could eventually result in a load breaking loose. At the very least, chains and binders can be damaged when WLL is not calculated correctly.

Equal Force Distribution Across Loads

Although calculating WLL is relatively easy in most cases, it means nothing in terms of how loads should be properly secured. The laws in every state require truckers to make sure loads are securely fixed and pose no danger of breaking loose, though they do not necessarily dictate the details of how to accomplish this. Therefore, common sense must be used.

The laws of physics dictate that proper load securing procedures evenly distribute force across the entire load. In simple terms, the trucker is far better off using three chains with a combined working load limit appropriate to the load rather than a single chain of a higher WLL across the center of the load only.

Distributing force evenly across the load will keep cargo in place throughout the journey. It will also minimize the risks of damage presented by the force of chains in direct contact with cargo. The trucker should always remember that uneven force is never a good thing.

Mytee Products is proud to have added a number of new products to our inventory, including a new selection of binders. The Durabilt ratchet binder and removable handle binder now available through our website are both popular options. All of our binders are stamped with WLL ratings and meet or exceed all safety standards required by law.

5 Interesting Facts about Bungee Straps

As you make your way around the Mytee website looking for flatbed truck tarps and other cargo control supplies, you will undoubtedly come across our bungee straps with crimped hooks attached. These are great tools for quickly securing a tarp or adding that little bit of extra force needed to keep a load in place. In fact, bungee straps are so versatile that the average truck driver can find dozens of uses for them.



Bungee straps and cords have been around for decades. We use them for a multitude of purposes which would make it difficult to find the next best option. Having said that, below are five interesting bungee strap facts you may not be aware of.

1. Bungee Straps Are Used on Smaller Aircrafts

Long before bungee jumping ever became a sport, bungee straps were used to provide lightweight support for the undercarriages of airplanes. Believe it or not, bungee straps were used for this very purpose during World War I. They held the aircraft undercarriage firmly in place while adding minimal weight to the package. That was important in the early days of flight. Even today, owners of small private aircraft still use the straps to firmly secure undercarriage panels.

2. Bungee Straps and Cords Are Not the Same Things

We use the terms interchangeably, but bungee straps are technically different from bungee cords. The bungee strap is a solid piece of EPDM rubber with eyes molded into both ends, through which crimped hooks can be inserted. A bungee cord consists of one or more elastic strands encased in a cotton or polypropylene sheath. The hook on the end is molded from steel and crimped to the cord securely. Bungee straps offer more strength while bungee cords excel in the elasticity department.

3. Bungee Straps Are Great for Absorbing Shock

In applications where both cargo control and shock absorption or necessary, bungee straps are a great tool. The EPDM rubber used to make high-quality commercial straps is an energy absorbent material that is far superior to steel or iron chains. It also responds better when subject to extra stress, like excessive wind. The shock absorption properties of bungee straps make them very attractive to flatbed truckers.

4. Bungee Straps Can Be Used to Launch Gliders

If you were to look in an old Oxford English Dictionary from the late 1930s or early 40s, you would notice a listing for “bungee launching.” This term was used to describe launching a glider using a bungee strap. This ingenious method of getting gliders into the air made it possible to get airborne without the need of a tow vehicle or a cliff that could present a problem in the event of no lift. Similarly, steel cables that are functionally similar to bungee straps are sometimes used today to slow gliders when they need to be landed in limited space.

5. Bungee Straps Can Be Used to Make Furniture

We mentioned earlier that bungee straps are versatile enough to be used for an unlimited number of purposes. A case in point is outdoor deck furniture. Lightweight bungee straps now take the place of older vinyl straps to create furniture that is equally strong and attractive.

Our customers are likely to use bungee straps for primarily cargo control. However, even flatbed trucker can find other uses for his/her supply of straps. Here at Mytee Products, we always make sure to have a full inventory of bungee straps so that our customers never run out. We know truckers couldn’t bear to live without an ample supply – in different sizes – on board.

Protection Not the Only Use for Flatbed Truck Tarps

Truck drivers invest in flatbed truck tarps primarily to protect the cargo from road debris, extreme weather, and other unforeseen situations. That’s why tarps have to be made of durable materials that can withstand the punishment of heavy over-the-road driving. That notwithstanding, there might be other reasons a shipper may require a flatbed trucker to cover a load with a tarp. In other words, cargo protection is not necessarily the only purpose of flatbed truck tarps.

A case in point was a flatbed recently photographed traveling down Route 77 in eastern Arizona. Not only was the truck carrying an oversize load, but it was also accompanied by a rather impressive convoy that included a number of other trucks and plenty of black SUVs. The rather large object underneath the massive gray tarp was pretty much unidentifiable.


This is a case in which the flatbed truck tarp used to cover the object was both protecting it from damage and preventing onlookers from knowing what was underneath. Although it is not for us to determine what the cargo was, however, It was covered for a reason- to protect it.

Keeping Cargo Secretive

There is plenty of speculation about what might have been under that massive flatbed truck tarp. The popular ideas range from, it might have been new equipment being transported to the Air Force Base to old equipment on its way to bone yard out in the desert.

Another possibility is that the cargo was totally unrelated to the military. It could’ve been a satellite dish or a piece of high-tech equipment or even construction equipment. We will never know, thanks to a massive gray truck tarp that effectively served its purpose.

Regardless of what was being transported through the desert, there are times when shippers demand secrecy of their cargo. Such cases would require flatbed truck tarps to completely cover all visible surfaces of the cargo, with no exception. Not only would these tarps have to be capable of protecting the cargo from road debris and weather, but they would also have to be secured in such a way as to prevent any parts getting loose or falling off during shipping

These kinds of loads travel across our roads more often than most of us realize. We just don’t know because truckers do such a good job of covering them entirely. They get where they are going with an intact load while shippers and receivers enjoy the benefit of keeping their precious cargo from eyes they don’t want seeing it. It is a win-win for everyone.

Truckers: We Now Carry Durabilt Binder Products

When flatbed loads require chains for cargo protection, binders become a necessary piece of equipment to have on board. Binders make it possible to tighten chains down with the appropriate amount of force. In light of that, Mytee is proud to announce that we have added a selection of four binder products from Durabilt to our inventory.

We carry Durabilt because we believe it is a brand name you can trust. Durabilt products are built to last yet still affordably priced for truckers. Our inventory now includes the following four products:

  • Durabilt Folding Handle Ratchet Binder
  • Durabilt Ratchet Binder
  • Durabilt Removable Handle Binder
  • Durabilt Recoilless Lever Binder.


Different Binders for Different Applications

The binders used by truckers are known both as chain and load binders. They are used as chain tensioners to secure cargo to flatbed trailers prior to transport. Whenever chains are used for securing a load, tensioning them with a binder is required.

There are two primary types of binders that truckers use:

  • Ratchet Binder – This kind of binder is designed with a ratchet handle and two opposing hooks that create tension on the chain as the ratchet handle is moved back and forth. It is the easier of the two to use.
  • Lever Binder – The lever binder utilizes tension hooks on either end to tighten chains using leverage. Lever binders are used when more strength is needed to secure a load, but they also require more work from the driver to deploy correctly.

Both kinds of binders are sold according to the size of chain they will be used with. For example, the Durabilt Folding Handle Ratchet Binder we now carry can be purchased in two sizes: 5/16 to 3/8 inches or 3/8 to 1/2 inch. The standard Durabilt Ratchet Binder offers an additional size of 1/2 to 5/8 inches.

It is generally recommended that, truckers carry multiple sizes on board commensurate with the chains they use. Of course, chain sizes also differ depending on the kinds of loads the trucker normally hauls. Truckers who do not want to invest in multiple sizes may choose to go with the largest chains and binders they will use most often.

The most important consideration when purchasing binders, is to make sure that both, the binders as well as the chains they will be used with, are rated equally. For example, a chain rated as grade 70 transport chain must be paired with an appropriate binder to maintain integrity. A binder with a lower rating becomes the weakest link in the setup, and could potentially compromise the protection of the load..

Choosing the Binder for You

Mytee has chosen to carry four binder products from Durabilt because we know that preferences vary between truckers. Each truck driver must determine for him/herself what products are the best. For many, however, it comes down to speed. Truckers spend a lot of time securing loads; this is time for which they may or may not get paid. Those who do not get paid for cargo control and protection don’t want to spend more time on it than necessary. They want the wheels turning and the miles accumulating.

Some drivers may find the folding handle ratchet binder to be the fastest and easiest one to use. Others prefer a binder with a removable handle. The only downside to the second choice is the ever-present risk of losing a handle.

At any rate, we are proud to offer the new selection of binder products from Durabilt to our customers. Feel free to browse our entire inventory for everything you need as a trucker.