How to Use Ratchet Straps – Ultimate Step by Step Guide

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Ratchet straps are cargo tie-down straps made of polyester webbing. They are run through a buckle that lets you loosen and tighten the strap, so you can lengthen the strap until you can pull it across your entire load, then tighten the strap again until there’s enough tension to secure the load.

Ratchet cargo straps can tie down a load by securing it to the floor of a flatbed truck, and can also be used to secure a piece of cargo to the sides of the interior of an enclosed trailer. It can connect to anchor points in the side of a flatbed truck, like D-rings, and can also latch onto anchor points on the floor of the truck bed.

Types of Ratchet Straps

All ratchet straps are made of polyester webbing. Some ratchet straps have reinforced sides to resist cuts and tears, while still maintaining their softness and flexibility. This softness makes them ideal for hauling cargo that needs a bit of care, like beehives, trees, or furniture.

Ratchet straps work by running over-top an entire piece of cargo to secure it. Therefore, some very large types of cargo, like cars, aren’t compatible with ratchet straps. In fact, if you’re going to haul cars, you’ll need specialty auto-hauling straps.

Ratchet straps come with a variety of end-fittings, so you can use them to secure your load on trucks with different kinds of anchor points. Ratchet straps might be fitted with wire hooks, grab hooks, flat hooks, chains, or S-hooks. The end-fitting you need depends on the type of anchor points on the floor or walls of your truck.

When Can You Use Ratchet straps?

Unlike winch straps, ratchet straps do not require your truck to have winches installed along the sides. Winches wind and unwind your polyester webbed straps, so they can be useful for some projects. For more information about winch straps, got through the details of winch straps

Instead, ratchet straps can be secured independently to any kind of anchor point on the floor or side of your trailer. You can use them whenever you need to secure a piece of cargo for transport. They can be used

Make sure your load doesn’t exceed the ratchet straps’ working load limit. If it does, you might have to use multiple straps in short length-wise intervals to disperse the tension enough to secure the load safely. Or, it may be more appropriate to use a winch strap or a G70 chain to secure your cargo, rather than a ratchet strap.

How to Use Ratchet Straps in 9 Easy Steps;

Step – 1. Lift-Up the Ratchet Handle


Lift up the ratchet handle and axle simultaneously, so that the open slot is pointing up. You’ll feed the strap through this opening in step 3.

Step – 2. Close the Ratchet


Close the ratchet in such a way that lets you access the axle assembly.

Step – 3. Weave the Strap from The Open Slot


Take the free end of the strap from underneath the ratchet and weave it through the open slot. Wind it around the axle, and then slip the strap back through the same opening you used before.

Step – 4. Take the Attached Hooks


Take the attached hooks on both ends of the strap and place them into position.

Step – 5. Pull the Free End of The Strap


Pull the free end of the strap until it’s taut, so there’s no slack between the two ends of the strap.

Step – 6. Pump The Ratchet Handle

Pump The Ratchet Handle

Pump the ratchet handle to get rid of any remaining slack. When you do this, you should see the strap wrapping around the axle.

Step – 7. Close The Ratchet Handle


When the strap is finally completely taut, close the ratchet handle completely. Lock the strap in place.

Step – 8. Pull and Hold The Release Handle

Pull and Hold The Release Handle

To unbuckle the ratchet strap, pull and hold the release handle. That will open the ratchet handle. Then, the strap will come loose and you can easily pull it through the axle slot.

Step – 9. After Usage, Just Wrap It and Tie It


When you’re done using your ratchet strap, wrap it up and tie it with a rubber band. Once the strap is secure, put the strap and ratchet gear in a dry case or bag.

Quality of Mytee Ratchet Straps

At Mytee, we offer incredible strength options, including the Kinedyne K-force Ratchet strap. This ratchet strap has a phenomenal, 4000-lbs Working Load Limit: 20% stronger than the next strongest ratchet strap on the market.

No matter what strength or length of strap you need, Mytee has a variety with an end that fits your truck.

All of our ratchet straps are high-quality, and it cost less than you’ll find anywhere else. These ratchet straps will keep your cargo safe, so you can haul safe and earn more.

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