Note: The way the pictures are taken was due to better presentation and does not represent our recommendation on how to set up the winches on flatbed trailers. Our winches are heavy duty and withstand 5,500 lbs. working load limit unless otherwise noted. Cargo Control Store offers many different types of winches that can be used with 2", 3", or 4" winch straps, cable, or a combo winch is offered that can be used for both cable and web straps. All winches for right handed type, and left handed type is also offered as a special case. Winches and winch strap, or a cable, combinations are the most popular way to secure cargo on a flatbed trailer, rail car, or any other vehicle. All our winches are made to pass the requirements of DOT, Department of Transportation, CHP, California Highway Patrol, North American Cargo Securement Standards, and WSTDA, Web Slings and Tie-Down Association.
Web winches have a slot for webbing to go through. Using winch bars, an user tighten the winch using a hole to the side. It is extremely important not to use a "cheater" bar to get more leverage as such misuse of heavy duty cargo control gear can result in serious injury, or even death.
Web winches are usually divided into different category depending on where they are being mounted on. Side mount, under mount, and sliding winches provides different attachment feature of the winches. Both side mount and under mount winches come in two different categories: weld-on or bolt-on winches and portable winches. Weld-on or bolt-on winches are mounted in a fixed position permanently by being welded or bolted down. They are usually located on the side or front/rear of the trailer. Portable winches contain brackets which consists of one or two set screws providing portable attachment of the winches to the trailer bodies. Sliding winches are made to slide to any location along the track or rail that is attached to the side of the trailer.
Tracks are available in standard and Double LL track configuration. It is important to make sure that the winches will fit right on the rail or track to ensure the attachment of the sliding winches on a track during transit.