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What are ratchet straps used for?
Ratchet straps also called lashing straps, tie-down straps or tie-downs, are used for securing loads for transit on flatbed trucks, in vans and lorries, etc.
Checkmate’s yellow ratchet straps are manufactured from high-tenacity and low-stretch polyester. They are able to resist wear and to grip loads efficiently.
We supply 1'', 2'' and 3'' Ratchet straps. A variety of ratchet strap hooks, webbing lengths and breaking loads are available. Ratchet strap protective sleeves are also available for 2'' and 3'' products. For more information about Ratchet Strap Safety, please read the blog.
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Labelled with relevant information for traceability and safety
Wear sleeves available to protect from sharp objects and abrasive loads
No damage to the surface of the goods being lashed
The ratchet strap is absolutely a piece of extremely effective equipment to support many different weights and cargo sizes when used properly.
However, our specialists have seen many cases that lashing straps damage very quickly and seriously because of misuse. Worse still, it can cause road hazards.
1) How do you use ratchet straps?
Step 1: Insert the loose end of the strap into mandrel of the ratchet (fig.1)
Step 2: Pull the strap through the slot of the mandrel, and make the strap tight by removing any slacks (fig. 2)
Step 3: Move the ratchet handle back and forth to tighten the webbing (fig.3)
Step 4: Lock the handle down after tightening (fig.4)
2) How do you release a ratchet strap?
Step 1: Squeeze the webbing release bar.
Step 2: Open the ratchet 180 degrees (fig. 1) for webbing removal.
How many straps do I need to secure a load?
If you're transporting palletised goods, boxes and stillages, you will need at least one strap per row according to the Health & Safety Authority. If you're transporting logs in a truck fitted with a headboard, at least one strap per bay has to be used for the logs up to a maximum length of 3.3 metres with the bark still present. More information can be found in this guideline document (p.13-14).
Can you lift with ratchet straps?
No! It is not a lifting sling. The safety factors for lifting equipment differ from those for lashing equipment, it is forbidden to use a lashing strap for lifting.
How do you store ratchet straps?
They should be stored in a weatherproof container to avoid moisture, direct sunlight, friction and heat when you're not using them. It is a good practice to roll the straps before storing them to prevent multiple straps from getting tangled together. Improper storage can lead to irreparable damage that can shorten the working life of your strap.