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How to Properly Use Ratchet Tie-Down Straps

How to Properly Use Ratchet Tie-Down Straps - Tarps4Less

Josh Albertson |

Ratchet straps are critical tie-down accessories every trucker must invest in. Apart from tarps for trucks, strap assemblies are essential for securing cargo and ensuring safe, proper tie downs to prevent loose tarps while on the road. Not only does a loose tarp cause major distractions—it can also cause accidents. It puts your truck’s cargo at risk of slacking, or worse, falling off the back of your truck due to excessive movement while in transit. This is why investing in high quality load securement products from reputable suppliers like Tarps4Less is something you should seriously consider. Apart from American-made tarps for trucks, Tarps4Less also carries a wide selection of Ancra ratchet straps, which are designed for efficient tie down of different types of truck loads.

Ancra ratchet straps are heavy-duty assemblies with substantial working load limits and are designed to meet strict CHP requirements. They ensure safe and efficient load securement in most types of tie-down applications. Correct assembly of these tarp straps is crucial to avoid ratchet strap failure, which can lead to injuries and material damage. When assembling ratchet straps, carefully follow manufacturer instructions to make sure that all components are in proper place for safe and efficient handling, from the ratchet handle to the axle, webbing, and the actual straps themselves.

Proper ratchet strap maintenance is just as important as keeping tarps for trucks in good working condition. These tie down accessories require proper maintenance and correct storage so they don’t wear down prematurely. Here are some things you should remember to ensure good maintenance of your Ancra ratchet straps:

  • Inspect the webbing of your ratchet strap, ratchet handle assembly and axle before every use to make sure that they are free from any damage. Thorough inspection is the best way to avoid accidents and keep your equipment in good condition.
  • During storage, make sure that you keep your tie-down accessories (particularly your ratchet straps) out of the sun, because UV light can cause polyester and nylon fibers to become brittle. Not only does this pose dangers of breaking down—it could also reduce the strength and load capacity of your ratchet straps.
  • Should your straps become wet or damp during use, allow enough time to air them out and only store once completely dry. This will help prevent mildew and other potential damage.
  • Apply lubricant to moving parts to ensure smooth operation and inspect the webbing after each use to check for frayed fibers. Use rubber strap protectors to prevent further damage.