Ratchet straps, also sometimes known as tie down straps, cargo straps, lorry straps or lashing straps, are high strength and durable fixings for securing and moving large and heavy objects. They are available in different lengths, widths and braking strengths including 800kg, 1500kg, 2000kg, 3000kg, 5000kg and 10,000kg.
You should use ratchet straps when transporting loads in or on the backs of vehicles or for securing general cargo when there is a risk of movement or falling. It is vital to make sure that any straps you’re using are secure before you set off. Failure to do so could result in damage or danger to persons or property.
Weight capacity of straps
One of the most important things to consider is the weight of the load you’re strapping down. You need to have a rough idea of how much your cargo weighs and use a suitable type and number of straps to secure it. The safe working load limit, or WLL, will be clearly identified on the packaging and strap itself. To safely secure a load, the combined WLL must be greater than the weight of the load itself. It’s always recommended to use straps in pairs.
Length of straps
Straps need to be long enough to reach from tie down point to tie down point or to at least safely secure a load to a suitable fixing. If the straps are too short they will not offer a secure fixing. Any excess strap must be securely fastened to stop it coming loose and flapping when on the move.
There are various types of strap ends available for different fixing points. These include:
S-hooks and double J-claw hooks
These can be attached over suitable areas on vehicles, trailers and most kinds of D-ring anchor points. S-hooks lie in the same plane as the strap, with J-hooks at 90-degrees so there may be some twisting depending on your fix point.
These heavy duty straps also known as rave hook straps are specifically designed to attach to the body of the vehicle using the chassis as the anchor point.
A ratchet strap without hooks or end fittings ideal for securing loads to roof racks or binding together where fixing points are not required.
Allows the user to pull the ratchet handle down rather that up thus making it easier putting less stress on the shoulders and back when tensioning the ratchet strap.
A flat piece of metal that fits over specific anchor points on vehicles and trailers.
E-track or snap lock
These types of strap are flexible and versatile, letting you create a customisable tie down system. E-type ratchet straps are used in-conjunction with vehicles fitted with internal E-Tracks.
Specifically designed piece of metal that fits over hooks and dedicated anchor points.
These are hooks with safety laches or carabiners for added security for your tie down. These kinds of hooks can’t come way from anchor points and close completely around them.
Ratchet straps allows you to use the ratchet to make the strap tight and secure. Use the lever to repeatedly tighten the strap until you’re sure your load is secure. Ratchet straps are easier to tighten than cam buckle straps, winch straps and other securing mechanisms.
There is also a range of protective accessories to help protect your load including plastic corner protectors and heavy duty wear sleeves to protect the ratchet strap webbing and increase longevity.