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.
How to Thread Ratchet Straps
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.
- Pull the disengage lever to open your ratchet strap handle.
- Crank the handle for access to the open slot on the metal axle.
- Feed the flat end of the strap through the slot from underneath.
- 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.
- Attach the metal hooks to your desired endpoints.
- Pull the flat end of the strap to remove any and all slack.
- Raise and lower the ratchet handle to tighten the webbing.
- 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
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.
- Pull the disengage lever to open the ratchet completely flat.
- Listen for a “click” sound to confirm it has been unlocked.
- Once unlocked pull the strap out through the metal axle slot.
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.