Ratchet straps are the most popular and common type of tie downs that is available in local hardware store even. Due to the portability and easy operation, ratchet straps are popular and used from light duty cargo tie down application in a pick up truck to an extreme heavy duty application in machinery moving on a low boy trailer. Ratchet straps contain two different sides: fixed and adjustable sides. Fixed sides are sides that permanently sewn to the ratchet buckle. Adjustable sides are part that is inserted into the shaft of the ratchet and is adjusted in length. For an easy access, all ratchet straps have 18" fixed side. For special length, please call our order desk for options. All our ratchet straps are DOT rated, WSTDA approved, and CHP friendly.
Using a ratcthet straps is quite simple task. One needs to remember that there are fixed and adjustable sides in a ratchet strap. A ratchet in the middle has a shaft, crank handle, and a latch to release the safety lock. To tighten the ratchet strap, the ratchet buckle should be always placed near the center of cargo. The orientation of the ratchet buckle needs to properly adjusted during tightening action. Then, an adjustable side of the strap is inserted into the shaft of a ratchet strap through the slot. It is very important to pull the strap tight in this step. If you rely only on the ratchet to tighten the strap, you will end up having bulky webbing in the shaft, which is the number one reason for ratchet failure. It is important to pull as mush as possible for ratchet to provide as less tensioning work as possible. A size of a golf ball between the ratchet and an object will be a good amount of space to leave. Then, rotate the crank handle back and forth to secure the object.
To loosen the ratchet buckle, center latch must be released while trying to rotate the crank handle to opening position. Once it's in 180 degree position, then the center latch can be released. Grab the ratchet buckle and pull the buckle away from the object. The shaft will turn and release the webbing.