How to Thread, Use, and Release a Ratchet Strap

How to Thread, Use, and Release a Ratchet Strap

Written by Pierce Bryant
August 28, 2023

Ratchet straps are a must-have when securing cargo for transportation. If you are new to using tie-down straps, this guide will provide all the information you need to get started; from threading, to using, and releasing. Once you have used them, you will never look back (we mean that quite literally).

To put it simply, if you take the time to learn how to use a tie-down strap today, you will have the utmost confidence that your expensive cargo is safe and secure for the road tomorrow. If you are someone who doesn't want to deal with threading ratchet straps and additional slack, we highly recommend our retractable ratchet straps!

How to Thread Ratchet Straps

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Though it can often be confusing the first time around, threading your tie-down straps is a fairly easy process. If you do not thread it properly, it will become increasingly difficult to use the release function. A tangled, twisted, or unproperly threaded tie-down strap will eventually become jammed. Save yourself the headache from a jammed ratchet mechanism by following the steps listed below.

  1. Pull the disengage lever to open your ratchet strap handle.
  2. Crank the handle for access to the open slot on the metal axle.
  3. Feed the flat end of the strap through the slot from underneath.
  4. Bring the strap over the axle and out the same direction it went in.

How to Use Ratchet Straps

You threaded the strap, now what? Before moving on to the next step, it is important to take note of the weight of your cargo load, and carefully compare it to the working load limit of your straps. A loose, old, or broken strap on the road can lead to unexpected and potentially disastrous outcomes.

So, once you have made sure that your straps are in good condition, and that they have the right working load limit for the cargo you will be transporting, we will continue to the next steps.

  1. Attach the metal hooks to your desired endpoints.
  2. Pull the flat end of the strap to remove any and all slack.
  3. Raise and lower the ratchet handle to tighten the webbing.
  4. Close and lock the handle completely to secure your cargo.

Note: Be careful on the amount of tension you put on your cargo and straps. You want it to be tight and secure, but not overtightened, as that can lead to damage to your straps and cargo.

How to Release Ratchet Straps

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Congratulations on successfully transporting your cargo! Now it is time to loosen the ratchet straps and wrap it all up. If you are finding it difficult to release the tie-down strap, it may be jammed. A jammed ratchet strap can be stressful, but before you cut it, we recommend reading this guide first.

If you are not sure that you are properly releasing the strap, refer the step-by-step below.

  1. Pull the disengage lever to open the ratchet completely flat.
  2. Listen for a “click” sound to confirm it has been unlocked.
  3. Once unlocked pull the strap out through the metal axle slot.

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Maintaining and Storing Your Ratchet Straps

Proper maintenance and storage of your ratchet straps are essential to ensure their longevity and reliable performance. In this section, we'll share some valuable tips on how to keep your ratchet straps in top-notch condition:

Regular Inspection: Before each use, take a moment to inspect your ratchet straps thoroughly. Check for any signs of wear, fraying, or damage to the webbing. Also, inspect the ratchet mechanism for any signs of rust or malfunction. Replace any damaged straps or parts immediately to maintain safety.

Cleaning: After use, it's a good practice to clean your ratchet straps. Use a mild soap and water solution to remove dirt, debris, or any substances that might have accumulated during transport. Allow the straps to air dry before storing them.

Storage: Store your ratchet straps in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Keep them coiled or neatly folded to prevent tangling or kinks in the webbing. Hanging them on hooks or pegs can help maintain their shape and prevent any unnecessary strain on the straps.

If you are having any trouble with any of the above-mentioned steps, give our team of experts a dial at +1 (800) 575-7310. Cargo transportation is our specialty, and we would absolutely love to answer any questions that you may have regarding your tie-down straps. If you currently do not own straps or would like to pick up a set of new ones, we welcome you to visit our online store. Safe travels.

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How to store ratchet straps

The best way to store ratchet strap is in a carrying bag or duffle bag away from direct sunlight. Although our ratchet straps are made of the highest quality material, sunlight can potentially fade and damage the strength of your ratchet straps. Luckily, all of Rhino USA ratchet straps include a convenient storage bag to keep your heavy duty strap in perfect condition. You also have the opportunity to purchase Rhino USA heavy duty storage bags for all of your recovery gear and straps.

Where to buy ratchet straps

The best place to buy ratchet straps and tie-downs is at where all of our products are made with the highest quality materials, designed and tested in the USA, and always include a lifetime warranty!