Tie down straps (also called lashing straps or tie downs) are fasteners used to hold down cargo or equipment during transport. Tie down straps are essentially webbing that is outfitted with tie down hardware. This hardware allows the tie-down strap to attach to the area surrounding the cargo or equipment, loop over the cargo or equipment, and/or attach to the cargo or equipment.
It usually also includes a method of tensioning the strap, such as a ratchet. Ratchet straps offer one-handed tensioning and an easy release buckle for effortless tightening and, once at their destination, releasing of your loads. The range of heavy duty ratchet straps are made from soft, yet tough wearing polyester webbing, so you can be assured that the ratchet straps will not damage the load but will ensure safe anchoring.
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1. Never use a webbing tie down if the webbing has cuts, contusions, damage to seams or abrasive wear.
2. Never use a webbing tie down if the winch body, ratchet assembly or end fittings have signs of deformation due to overload or excessive wear or corrosion. The recommended maximum allowable wear on webbing tie-down fittings is 5%.
3. Never heat or attempt to heat-treat any hardware or fittings associated with a webbing tie down.
4. If there is malfunction or deformation to the ratchet it should be replaced.
5. Do not twist or knot the webbing.
6. Use protective sleeves, load corner protectors or other packing material if the webbing passes over sharp or rough edges or corners.
7. Ensure the webbing is evenly loaded.
8. When the webbing is tensioned ensure the force does not exceed the lashing capacity of the webbing.
9. Ensure there is a minimum of one and half turns of webbing on the ratchet spindle or truck winch drum.
10. Anti-slip mat is recommended to reduce friction and slippage of the load during transport.