Flatbed truckers always carry a good supply of ratchet cargo straps on board. Ratchet straps are one of the primary means of securing cargo without risking damage. If you are a flatbed trucker who uses tie-down straps, ensure your ratchet strap supply is sufficient to handle any job you might encounter.
Our ratchet strap inventory includes more than a dozen different products to meet just about any need. Ratchet straps come in different sizes ranging from 2 inches in width to 4 inches. We carry heavy duty tie down straps with various kinds of anchors and hooks as well. All our straps are made with heavy-duty, durable webbing designed for application in most types of flatbed tie-downs scenario. Each strap is tagged with working load limit information for your convenience.
Ratchet Straps Basics
Ratchet tie-down straps are flat 2 inch to 4 inch wide straps made of polyester webbing. They're used to secure cargo to flatbed trailers, interior of semi-trailers, or onto L-track or E-track systems. Ratchet straps prevent cargo from rocking around or coming loose during transport, even during a bumpy ride.
Ratcheting mechanism lets you put the precise amount of tension in the tie-down that you need to secure the load tightly without damaging it, which makes ratchet tie down straps are a multi-purpose cargo control equipment.
Consider WLL While Using
Ratchet straps are used to secure any kind of cargo as long as the cargo doesn't surpass the strap's working load limit (WLL). Wider straps for higher WLL on the transport trailer.
All ratchet straps have tags or stamps that clearly indicate the WLL of that particular strap, in compliance with Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations.
How to Use Ratchet Straps
Make sure you use enough straps that you've spread the tension out across your load. But, if too much tension is applied to a single point on a piece of cargo, you risk either damaging the cargo or damaging the strap.
To maximize your success, make sure the ratchet tie-downs' end-fittings are the best suited to your truck d-rings, rub rails, and tracks are compatible with different fittings.
Advantage of Ratchet Straps
- Ratchet straps are softer and lighter than cargo chains. This makes them easier to carry and lift, it means they're much less likely to damage lightweight cargo.
- Ratchet straps don't require winches or any pre-installed anchor points.
- Ratchet tie-downs can be pulled diagonally across loads as well as horizontally, while winch straps can only be pulled horizontally to the winch directly opposite the winch you start from.
Ratchet Strap Options
Ratchet tie-down straps has a variety of types as per end-fittings, colors, straps width, etc.
Straps Width in Inches
You can choose from different widths in inches of ratchet straps:
- 1-inch wide ratchet straps are the perfect light-duty solution for transporting cargo, typically 2500 lbs.
- 2-inch wide ratchet straps are the lightest to carry but have the lowest WLL, typically 3,333 lbs.
- 3-inch wide ratchet straps are still fairly lightweight and have a higher WLL, typically 5000 lbs.
- 4-inch wide heavy-duty ratchet straps have the highest WLL, typically 5400 lbs.
You can also choose from a wide range of end-fitting options. The three most popular end-fittings are:
- Flat Hooks Ratchet Straps: Compatible with flat anchor points, like stake pockets or the side of a trailer bed.
- Wire Hooks Ratchet Straps: (Also called J-hooks) Compatible with D-rings, O-rings and trailer sides.
- Chain Hooks Ratchet Straps: (Also called grab hooks) are connected to a chain end-fitting that increases the ratchet strap's WLL. Chain hooks are compatible with most anchor points.
For easy, at-a-glance identification, generally ratchet straps come in five colors:
Accessories to Use with Ratchet Straps
strap saver is a bolt-on mechanism that safely stores excess straps after the ratchet strap has been fastened.
strap winder allows you to wind up straps quickly and keep them neatly rolled. These work with ratchet straps and winch straps.
Strap bands keep rolled ratchet and winch straps tight and prevent them from getting tangled.
Corner protectors cover the sharp corners or edges of a piece of cargo to prevent the edge from cutting the strap.
Quality of Mytee's Ratchet Straps
Our straps are made of high-quality materials, including zinc-coated end-fitting options and UV-treated polyester webbing.
Yet that commitment to quality doesn't come at the cost of affordable pricing. We can also customize the length of your straps if your load is an unusual size. Give us a call at: 1-888-705-8277
Questions & Answers
What is the price range for ratchet straps?
Depending on the length, working load limit, and end hardware of the strap, the price can vary from prices as low as $10 to as high as $55 per ratchet strap.
What length ratchet tie-down strap do I need?
Ideally, it’s best to have more than the minimum required ratchet straps for your load. The excess strap can be rolled up and gives you more room to work with when securing loads.
How often should you replace ratchet straps?
Depending on how much it’s used, straps should be replaced every 2 to 4 years. If there is any abrasion on the strap such as a tear or warping metal, it’s best to replace it as soon as possible.
What should I look for when choosing a ratchet strap?
Consider your load. How much does it weigh and what are you using to transport it? Each strap has a different working load limit as well as end hardware that fits specific tie-down points.