Everything You Need To Know About Load Binders

Everything You Need To Know About Load Binders


There are two distinct types of load binders, defined by their tightening method: ratchet binders and lever binders. Although most commonly used load binders fall into one of these two categories, they are available to match the different types of chains used in the transport industry in various styles, load ratings, and sizes.

If you’re part of the transportation industry, load binders, also known as chain binders, are probably pretty familiar. Load binders are a vital piece of equipment that is used by applying tension to the chains that tie down your cargo to anchor transport loads. Chain and load binders are stronger and can manage the toughest tie-down jobs for large & heavy loads of all tie-down methods.

An In-Depth Look At The Different Types of Load Binders

Similarly, lever types and ratchet type load binders operate and are usually chosen based on the user’s personal preference. Secure practices need to be followed, as with any kind of load safety gear. Let’s take a closer look at the load binders and some of the pros and cons so you can choose the type of load binder that works best for you with confidence.

What Are Load Binders?

A lever-type of load binder is made up of a simple lever, with a tension hook on each end. You can use the lever to increase the force that is applied to a tie-down. If you pull on one end of the tension hook, the lever is hinged and takes up the slack and will lock itself around the hinge after a 180-degree rotation of the lever. They require the person installing the binder to apply a relatively high manual force in order for it to tighten up and secure the chain properly. While they need a little effort and strength, they are typically faster and easier to install due to their straight forward design and application with fewer moving parts.

What Are The Pros and Cons of Lever Load Binders?

What Are The Pros?

  • Easy To Use
  • Compact
  • Cost Less

What Are The Cons?

  • More Strenuous
  • The lever could kickback which could be dangerous
  • Not as durable

What Are Ratchet Load Binders/Chain Binders?


Two types of simple machines are used in a ratchet type of load binder (also known as ratchet chain) and have two tension hooks on each end and handle. The handle serves as a lever again, plus the screw thread is there.

The lever and screw work to increase the manually applied force to ensure the ratchet binders/chain binder is tied down. The result is that the application of tension requires much less pulling force on the handle than you would need if you were using a lever binder. Ratchets also allow forces to be loaded and unloaded slower, more steadily. It decreases any undue stress or pressure on your body. They will not store as much energy in the handle as a lever binder will since ratchet strap binders are designed with a gear, pawl handle, and end fittings.

Another benefit is that take-up is safer for ratchet binders – they have a better working load limit. Usually, a ratchet binder’s take-up distance is eight to ten inches-twice that of a lever binder. It may take you a little longer to take it up with a ratchet binder. It is more controlled and, ultimately, a safer process and good way to secure cargo.

What Are The Pros and Cons of A Ratchet Load Binder?

What Are The Pros?

  • Less manual force to operate
  • Safer to operate – Not as much energy is stored in the handle, therefore will not “kickback”.
  • Higher mechanical advantage
  • Easier to adjust in finer increments

What Are The Cons?

  • Generally more expensive
  • Less compact
  • Harder to operate
  • It takes more time to set up

How To Choose The Best Load Binder?


Once you have decided what sort of load binder you want, it is time to ensure that you are using the right load binder within that category. Making this option has less to do with the load binder itself and more to do with the form of chain and the weight of the freight that you are using alongside it. As a team, chain binders and load binders work together, so you have to ensure that they are consistent with each other.

The most important considerations when selecting your chain and load binder team are ability. The load being tied down must not surpass all the chains being used by the combined WLL (working load limit). For instance, if your cargo weighs 4,000 lbs and you use four chains, each chain must have a minimum of 1,000 lbs of WLL. A total of 4,000 lbs would be equivalent to four chains of 1,000 lbs WLL each, enough power to secure a 4,000 lb load. Also, every binder must have a WLL of at least 1,000 lbs. A good rule to follow is to only use binders with a capacity equal to or greater than the chains they will tighten.

We hope you found this guide about chain binders and lever binders useful – make sure you check out our online store where you’ll find some great load securement products, lifting equipment and safety information. There’s also a great deal more info in our blogs section.



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