We may often find ourselves scrambling around for something to secure it with a rope, a belt, or a brace when it comes to moving a delicate, heavy or awkward object, but often even our most ingenious ad-hoc lashings are not enough to guarantee a smooth, stress-free trip. Fortunately, whether you’re in the transport industry or just looking for anything to help move furniture.
What Is A Ratchet Strap?
A ratchet strap is a sturdy, robust, high-tensile-strength strap that attaches one strap to another with a strong metal ratchet lock. You would certainly have seen them on transport trucks or ships, preventing products from sliding around and there is no better product on the market in this position.
Our ratchet straps have unprecedented strength and durability. They are adaptable to suit a range of consignment sizes, ensuring that nothing moves when it is not intended to, no matter how rough the roads or the seas!
What is a Ratchet Strap Used For?
A ratchet strap is used in shipping and transportation as a load-securing strap and secures stored products from extreme weather and other disturbances. Ubiquitous in any company that wants to move items, and for good reason, a ratchet strap can adapt to any item size and offers superior strength and protection.
Why Would You Need a Ratchet Strap?
If you transport goods and you don’t want them to move around the vehicle freely as it moves (which you’d actually try to avoid), then ratchet straps are a must. Ratchet straps are often important for securely mounting goods to the ceilings of cars or securing furniture in the back of a van while moving it, so they are not only useful to large shipping companies! They are widely used to secure pallets in the backs of transport lorries or on cargo ships.
What Are The Advantages of Ratchet Straps Over Other Load-Securing Devices?
Ratchet straps are more difficult than other fasteners to the thread but provide some benefits. For instance, the ratchet strap is incredibly strong, capable of resisting massive quantities of force and securing even large and heavy objects. The “ratcheting” portion of ratchet straps also allows eliminating any slack in the tie-down webbing. It stresses the brace, preventing any freedom of movement and fully securing the goods to be transported.
Finally, the ability of ratchet straps to change their tightness enables a significant amount of variability and adaptability, allowing you to use the same hardware each time to hold various objects. In the Ropes, Direct ratchet load straps, the long-lasting, robust and sturdy webbing and hardware used also ensures long working life and consistently excellent quality.
How Do You Use Ratchet Straps?
When you move objects, it’s obvious why you’d want to use ratchet straps, but how do you use one? Ratchet straps have unbeatable strength and security when used properly, so make sure to follow the steps below!
Release the Ratchet Straps
Releasing and opening the ratchet strap is the first step in using a ratchet strap. Pressing down on the release catch and raising the ratchet, you can do this. A slot should now be open on the ratchet’s front, making it possible to feed the webbing strap into the mechanism.
The Ratchet Straps Should Now Be Thread Through The Slot
On the bottom of the ratchet, the webbing that makes up the other side of the ratchet strap should now be fed through the slot. You should be able to hold the end and pull it the rest of the way through once the webbing has been fed through into the ratchet mechanism, making this move considerably easier.
Hook Ends On & Tie Down Straps
The hooks should be firmly attached to their anchor points on the other ends of the ratchet load straps, providing the grip required to hold the ratchet straps tightly secured during transit. Tie down straps are extremely useful for moving companies.
Crack the Ratchet & Lock Safely
Once the hooks are safe, by opening and closing the ratchet repeatedly, you can start removing the slack from the load strap line-crank the ratchet. The mechanism will pick up the slack, tension the line, and ensure that the cargo has no movement capacity.
Close the ratchet and keep it closed and locked until the line is tight enough. Check that the cargo is safe and that before setting off, the lines are taut and completely fixed to their moorings!
Release the Ratchet & Remove Webbing
You can unlock the ratchet load strap at your destination by pushing down on the release catch and opening the ratchet. Make sure that the release catch is pressed down, or the ratchet won’t release the webbing! This is yet another failure to ensure the best possible protection in transit, meaning that even though the ratchet somehow comes open, it will not release the freight until an operator pushes the release catch.
We stock a wide range of ratchet straps that can be used for a wide range of uses. Whether you’re moving bulky items in a truck or need to hold down or keep something in place or secured – our ratchet straps can help make your goods easier to handle.