How to Use Ratchet Tie Down Straps?
A very important feature of equipment often utilized for securing and lifting particular types of cargo is the ratchet tie down strap. These straps enhance the ability to lift items and introduce a level of control that keeps the cargo secure. Attempting to lift or secure heavy objects without the use of the straps can make the entire task unsafe and dangerous. At Kennedy Wire Rope & Sling Company, we offer a range of lifting and reading products, including ratchet tie down straps to help you achieve your goals safely.
Uses of Ratchet Tie Down Straps
Various applications can take advantage of the benefits of ratchet tie down straps. They can be used to secure items such as motorcycles, heavy furniture, RVs, and large equipment. They are also useful for smaller lifting purposes such as securing bags, surfboards, and other smaller items. There are a range of straps available that can be used for various securing and lifting requirements. Our team at Kennedy Wire Rope & Sling can help you determine the type of ratchet tie down straps that are perfect product for your needs.
Prior to connecting your ratchet tie down straps, it’s important to assemble them properly. If you incorrectly assemble your straps, tie down failure may occur, leading to possible injury or damage to property
Ratchet tie down straps consist of two major parts. The first part is the main section consisting of a ratchet buckle as well as a hook and short length of webbing. The other part consists of a lengthier section of webbing with one hook and one open end.Now to attach your ratchet tie down straps:
- Begin by attaching the hooked end of your tie down to a strong and secure anchor point on your trailer truck. Place the strap across the cargo to be secured.
- Continue cycling the ratchet strap until you see the open slot on the axle facing upwards when the handle is closed.
- Through the bottom side of the axle, feed the open end of the webbing. Pull the remaining slack through.
- About three or four times, open and close the ratchet to tighten it securely. Put the handle in the closed position so that it is locked. Avoid over tightening.
- In order to disengage your tie down straps, pull the center release bar down and turn the handle 180° until a click sound indicates the tension is released.
If you need one or more ratchet tie down straps, for more information about these and other lifting and reading products we offer at Kennedy Wire Rope & Sling Company, contact us today.
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