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Introduce Truck Tie Down Straps: Ratchet and Winch Straps

When people talk about tie down, they probably are talking about totally different things depends on the context, for instance, ratchet straps for truck are definitely 2” and 10000lbs tie down while ratchets for pick up will be 1” and 500lbs tie down, we’re only going to discuss about truck tie downs here, more precisely, we will talk about flat beds only, probably you’ve already seen them on the highway or truck stop.

So many different loads can be put on flat beds, the choice of tie downs will be really complicated, they will need quite some different tie down devices to get the job done, such as e track straps for box truck . Talking about flat bed trucks, a lot of the flatbeds come with winches installed, or you can install by yourself at a later time, then you can use winch strap to do the job without the hassle of having to tie down both ends of the ratchet straps.

For most flat bed trucks, truck winch and winch straps are what we usually use to tie down stuff, some trailers come with winches installed you only have to get winch strap. When you work with truck winches and winch straps, there is one thing you can’t live without: winch bar, these steel bars are required for your job, so get one if you don’t already have one.

If your flatbeds come with winches installed, you only need to get some winch straps for most of your work, of course you still need to keep some chains, binders and ratchet straps handy. When the flat bed have the winches installed, we can use winch tie down straps to tie down articles on the flat bed , usually we tie down steel coils, concrete pipes, skids, anything that not too heavy for the the straps’ safe load limit . Both flat hooks and wire hooks may be used on 2”, 3” and 4” winch straps, but flat hooks are more popular than wire hooks, you may see flat hooks on all size winch straps while wire hooks mostly on 2” straps. We can find 2” and 4” truck winches and 2” and 4” winch tie downs, depends on different applications , the strap length can be 20′, 25′, 27′, 30′, 35′, 40′ or more than 50′ .

And here 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.

The ratchet tie down earned it’s popularity by being the most flexible, adaptable and capable tie down devices , from sedans to commercial trucks , you can see ratchet straps anywhere cargo needs to be secured. The ratchet straps may have flat hooks, double J hooks, chain anchors, cloth loops or just plain straps at both ends, probably some special made ratchets have some other funny ends, say, D ring? And it’s width can be 1” through 4”, length can be a few inches to more than 50 feet . On commercial trucks ratchet tie downs are the most popular tie down devices for truckers , those flat bed trucks without winches installed will look at ratchet straps seriously.

Before you go out or go online 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 , 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 blogs , online feed backs, or use alternate methods to decide if the products and service are good or not.

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Tie Downs Inside the Trailer: E Tracks and Accessories

The popular tie down system on semi trailers are E track tie down system, which consists of E Tracks and e track tie downs, E tracks come in with a few different length, such as 2′, 5′ and 10′, and there are two different setups , horizontal and vertical. The E Track tie downs have quite a few varieties, such as rope tie off, D ring with E fitting, cam buckle straps with E Fitting, ratchet straps with E Fitting, wood beam sockets, wheel chocks which usually seen with E Tracks installed on the truck floor for bike or vehicle tie down and  there e track cargo bars with e fittings at both ends. But any E Track tie downs need E Track to be installed to work, so the most important thing is to install the E Track properly.

How to setup E Tracks and install them safely? Here are some tips.

Now we’re going to mount the E Track onto the trailer wall, first thing we do is to find the wall studs, this is same for the floor installation. The wall studs are a big channel with a few flat spots to put the plywood on, we will do the same to the E Track and bridge the stud and the E Track, now we need to use screw to hold the E Track in the place, the trick is the same as any other handy jobs. For Safety reason, you’d better use deep threaded screws, put one screw into each hole on the e track, and run the track as possibly far as you can, the will spread the load across long distance and it’s safer. Remember that the there are only about 2 inch to outside wall, so don’t over assert the screws.

When finish setup E Tracks, you will need to test it , just insert a rope tie off into the E Track, drag it all you want, see if there are any weak spots, loose ends or whatever feels not well secured, if there are any problems fix them before you put the system into real use.

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Winch Tie Downs and Ratchet Tie Downs

Truck tie down means a lot different things to different people, we will focus on 18 wheeler tie downs in our discussion, specifically, we are going to talk about flat bed truck this time.

Since people put all kinds of stuff on the flat bed truck, sometimes they just have to , the requirement for tie downs can be pretty complex .

Now let’s talk about winch straps and truck winches, lots of flat beds have winches installed or  .

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 straps .

Some flat beds come with weld on winches installed, not all flat beds have winches installed . When the trailer have the winches installed, we can use winch straps to tie down articles on the flat bed , usually we tie down steel coils, concrete pipes, skids, anything that not too heavy for the the straps’ safe load limit . Winch straps usually come with flat hooks, since we usually hook the straps on the edge of the trailer , of course the wire hook can be used too. There are 2” and 4” truck winches and 2” and 4” winch tie downs, depends on different applications , the strap length can be 20′, 25′, 27′, 30′, 35′, 40′ or more than 50′ .

And here are most popular tie downs: ratchet tie down straps .

Ratchet strap is most used tie down equipment because of their capability , you can use 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” to 4”, length can be a few inches to more than 50 feet . On 18 wheelers ratchet tie downs are the most used tie down devices for truckers , those trailers without winches installed will find ratchet straps pretty useful .

To acquire these tie down straps, you have the choice between local stores and online , depends on your available options , sometimes get them in local store is a better choice , sometimes online deals are much better.

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What are ratchet straps and what are they made of?

The  assembly of ratchet buckle and nylon or polyester webbing is the ratchet straps. The straps part of the assemblies can be made of nylon or polyester webbing , and the working load limit can range from a few hundred pounds to thousands of pounds , the strap width can range from 1 inch to 4 inches , both ends can be a loop, endless, wire hook , flat hook, spring e fitting, snap hook, chain extension,or the ends can have different set up.

The handle of the ratchet buckle have a few varieties, steel handle, aluminum handle or plastic coated handle . See the picture of most popular ratchet buckle : Ratchets .

Both nylon and polyester webbing are used to make the straps, but they have different characteristics, for shock absorption, we need nylon webbing and for tie down bulk loads we need polyester webbing straps, nylon webbing has better elongation than polyester while polyester webbing are stronger than nylon ones, in real world applications we need varieties, that is to say we need both nylon and polyester webbing  straps for different needs .

Webbing cab also be coated with suitable materials that will impact desirable characteristics, such as abrasion resistance, sealing to prevent penetration of foreign particles and matter, increased(or decreased) coefficient of friction, ultra-violet light resistance .

And the quality of the straps is the critical characteristic, to use these straps properly and safely is imperative . Now we need to find low price yet high quality straps. Usually your local dealer will have quite some varieties of straps, and the quality probably is OK but the price will be somewhat high . Online tie down stores actually is a better choice if not  most of the time, you can search all around the country even the world to find the deal just for you, when you search “ratchet straps free shipping” you will find the best deal ever for your money.

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