Ratchet Tie Down means quite some different things to different applications , we will talk about commercial truck tie downs in this post , more specific, we will talk about flat beds only for this time.
People can and will put all kinds of different loads on their trailers , sometimes they just want to get the job done , they will need all kinds of different tie downs to get the job done.
Talking about flat bed trucks, quite some of the flat beds come with winches installed, or you can install by yourself at a later time, then you can use winch strap to do the job .
For most flat bed trucks, truck winch and winch straps are what we need, some trailers come with winches installed you have to get winch strap . When you work with truck winches and winch straps, there is one thing you can’t live without: winch bars, these steel bars are definitely needed for your job, so get one if you don’t already have one.
Some flat beds come with winches installed, not all flat beds have winches installed . When the flat bed have the winches installed, we can use winch straps to tie down articles on the trailer , usually we tie down steel coils, concrete pipes, skids, anything that not too heavy for the the straps’ working load limit . Winch straps usually come with flat hooks, since we usually hook the straps on the edge of the flat bed , of course the wire hook can be used too. We can find 2” and 4” truck winches and 2” and 4” winch straps , depends on different needs , the strap length can be 20′, 25′, 27′, 30′, 35′, 40′ or more than 50 feet.
Then there are most used tie downs: ratchet strap . What we call ratchet straps are actually assemblies, the ratchet buckles with short straps, one foot or longer, and the long straps, 6 feet or longer.
Ratchet strap is most popular tie down equipment because of their adaptability , you can put them almost anywhere when it’s applicable. The ending comes with quite some varieties, flat hooks, double J hooks , chain extensions, snap hooks, endless and more. And it’s width can be 1” through 4”, length can be a few feet to more than 50′ . On commercial trucks ratchet tie downs are the most popular tie down devices for haulers , those trailers without winches installed will look at ratchet straps seriously .
Before you get out or visit the web to buy these tie down straps , you will have to know how to get most out of them with less spending , most important thing is the quality of the straps, probably you know local store well enough, when talking about online stores you need to find out by reading other people’s the reviews, trucking blogs, such as trucker’s deal , online feed backs, or by some other venues to decide if the products and service are good or not.