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Tips for Getting Better Use from Great Ratchet Straps

Ratchet straps are among the most important tools used by flatbed truckers. They keep cargo secure from point A to point B, sometimes in concert with chains, tarps, and bungee straps. Mytee Products carries a complete inventory of ratchet straps and cargo control equipment from well-known manufacturers.

The ratchet straps you buy from us are already top-of-the-line quality. But we have a few tips for getting better use out of them. With a little care and attention, you can extend the life of your straps.

Regularly Lubricate Ratchets

While the material used to make the straps is not bothered by weather, ratchets are. The best way to keep ratchets in good working order is to regularly lubricate them with a lithium grease. This is the same product auto mechanics use to lubricate car parts because it holds up very well even under extreme temperatures. It will wash away after time, which is why you need to apply regularly.

The key with lubrication is to hit all the moving parts. It doesn’t take much, either. Just a little spritz and a few seconds to work it in will keep everything working even on the coldest of days.

Thread from Underneath

When threading ratchets with new strap material, always run the strap from underneath the ratchet rather than over the top. This results in the short end being on the top while the main portion of the strap is below. Physics dictates the straps will slip a lot more easily when disengaged if threaded this way.

Leave Plenty of Room for Ratchet Extension

When tying down a load, keep in mind that the ratchet has to be extended beyond the gear teeth to release the tension pin that keeps the strap in place under load. It is a wise idea to leave enough space under the ratchet to be able to reach underneath and fully extend the ratchet to release it. If you do not leave enough space to pull down on the ratchet and fully extend it, you will have trouble releasing the strap to unload.

Do Not Let Extra Strap Hang Loose

Sometimes you have loads that are not tall enough to require the full length of your ratchet straps. So what do you do with the excess strap material? Truck drivers have all sorts of tricks for dealing with it. The one thing you do not want to do is let the excess strap hang loose. Loose strap flapping in the wind risks cargo damage and shortens the life of the strap material.

Some truck drivers roll the excess strap and then bind it with a bungee cord. Others tie a series of knots and tuck any remaining strap in under the tense part of the strap, or even under a tarp. Still others use a looping technique that utilizes the excess strap to secure it. There are dozens of ways to do it.

Our final tip is something that every truck driver should already be doing. Ratchet straps are tough and reliable, and are subject to wear and tear just like anything else. Therefore, it’s very important that truck drivers inspect their straps on a regular basis. Any strap showing signs of wear or tear needs to be addressed immediately. If you do not check your straps routinely, rest assured that roadside inspectors will.

Mytee products is here to serve you and your needs as a truck driver. We are your one-stop choice for ratchet straps, truck tarps, bungee cords, and everything else you need to do your job.


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.

 

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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.