Everything You Need to Know About 2 inch Ratchet Straps

Published on 10/20/22

ATV tied down

What are 2-inch Ratchet Tie Down Straps?

2-inch Ratchet Straps are the most commonly used ratchet straps for securing the around-the-house type of cargo securement applications in dry vans, pickup truck beds, pickup trailers, and moving vans. Made from 2-inch wide polyester webbing and heavy-duty ratchet hardware they are designed to accommodate heavy, oddly shaped, or even challenging-to-secure cargo.

Polyester webbing is the webbing of choice for 2-inch ratchet straps as it provides great amounts of strength and very little stretching to help ensure the cargo you secure does not come undone or move out of place once it is secured.

2-inch Ratchet Straps despite their size are extremely heavy-duty and provide durability when you need it the most when securing anything from groceries, vehicles, construction building materials, lawnmowers, motorcycles, ATVs, UTVS, or even moving across town. There are near endless possibilities of different uses for 2-inch ratchet straps due to the amount of versatility and strength.

Ratchet Strap Assembly Options

The Different Types of 2 inch Ratchet Straps

2 inch E Track Ratchet Straps – 2 inch E Track Ratchet Straps are by far one of the most popular types of 2-inch ratchet straps and are designed with the use of e-track rail systems. E Track rails are installed inside dry vans, moving vans, and enclosed trailers vertically and horizontally to provide a rail of numerous different securement spots to give you the perfect angle that is needed.

E Track Fittings quickly latch into the e-track rail systems and can help to tighten cargo into place in a matter of minutes for most cargo securement applications. 2-inch Ratchet Straps with E Track Fittings are most commonly used with first-time and professional movers alike due to their easy-to-use and friendly design. Available in 12-foot, 16-foot, and 20-foot lengths that are color coded so you know exactly how long the straps are before you grab them.

Color Coded E Track Strap Lengths:
Yellow E Track Straps – 12 feet in Length
Gray E Track Straps – 16 feet in Length
Blue E Track Straps – 20 feet in Length

If you don’t find the length in our online store or if you need it custom made odds are we can make the perfect e-track strap for your application. To get a quote, call 800-483-2189 or use our online contact us form at the top of the page.

2 inch Ratchet Strap with Wire Hooks  Blue Webbing

2-inch Ratchet Straps with Wire Hooks – 2-inch Ratchet Straps with Wire Hooks are designed to be able to be quickly attached to a securement point such as an O ring, rub rail of a trailer, or alternative anchor point within seconds. One of the reasons behind its widespread popularity is once the strap is anchored it can be quickly tightened without the worry of the tie-down strap coming out of place during the move to its next destination.

These straps are great for a wide variety of different securement applications such as dry vans, pickup truck beds, pickup trailers, moving vans, enclosed trailers, and box trucks to name a few. Available in several different breaking strengths in order to accommodate various different securement application needs.

Wire Hook Ratchet Straps are made in-house and are custom-made to order with options ranging from the length of the webbing, hardware options of choice, and the color of the webbing for one great price point. If you are interested in purchasing our custom straps give our experts a call at 800-483-2189 today to get started.

2 inch Custom Ratchet Strap with S Hooks  Camo Webbing

2-inch Ratchet Straps with S Hooks – 2-inch Ratchet Straps with S Hooks are the most popular type of ratchet tie-down straps in the cargo securement industry. This is due to the easy-to-use design, affordability, durability, and heavy-duty strength of the hardware and webbing.

S Hooks Hardware gets its name from the “S” shape design on the end fitting hook hardware that can quickly be latched into place and tightened down saving you time securing to stay on the road for longer periods of time. When you arrive at the next location simply open the ratchet hardware and within a matter of minutes you can often find yourself unloaded and ready for the next load.

This is why s hooks are extremely popular for around house type of securement applications in pickup trucks, moving vans, pickup trailers, box trucks, and even dry vans.

If you don’t find the perfect strap you are looking for to secure your cargo you can give our experts a call at 800-483-2189 and we would be happy to help you find the perfect strap, provide you with a quote, or even help you make the perfect custom strap. We would be happy to help you find the perfect strap in order to get you back on the road.

2 inch Custom Ratchet Strap with D Rings  Gray Webbing

2-inch Ratchet Straps with D Rings – 2-inch Ratchet Straps with D Rings are custom-made-to-order ratchet straps that are designed for motorcycle securement applications. No matter if you are securing a dirtbike, Harley, or street glide you can be assured that your motorcycle will remain safe during transport with our heavy-duty ratchet straps with d rings.

Available with many different customization options such as the color of webbing to match your sweet ride, length of webbing to the exact inch in order to have an exact securement, and hardware options to provide you with a strap that is safe enough to hold your motorcycle in place during transit. If you need a custom-made to-order 2-inch ratchet strap give our team a call at 800-483-2189 to get started today.

2 inch Ratchet Strap with Flat Hooks  Olive Drab

2-inch Ratchet Straps with Flat Hooks – 2-inch Ratchet Straps with Flat Hooks are commonly used with flatbed trailers and are secured along the installed rub rails of the flatbed trailer. Typically they are made in 27 feet long and 30 feet-long lengths but can be made to order in almost any length of webbing. These straps are great for securing building materials, raw materials, transporting farm equipment,

2-inch Heavy Duty Ratchet Strap with Loops – 2-inch Ratchet Straps with Loops can secure cargo for applications that do not require hook hardware to secure in a wide variety of different ways. Made with heavy-duty 2-inch wide polyester webbing to provide increased durability and strength for repetitive usage.

2 Inch Heavy Duty Endless Loop Ratchet Strap  CAMO Webbing

2-inch Endless Loop Ratchet Straps – 2-inch Endless Loop Ratchet Straps are as the name sounds completely endless with no end fitting hardware on the ends of the strap. Endless Loop Ratchet Straps loop back around once it is wrapped around the item you are wanting to bundle, secure to a pallet, or tightened around a treestand and tightened to hold it in place.

These straps are especially great for outdoor hunting applications where safety and durability are at an all-time high for securing treestands, hunting accessory stands, or treestand ladders in place. There is a wide range of different colors available as well as some of our popular hunting strap options such as CAMO and Black webbing that help provide a stealth design.

2-inch Ratchet Strap with Snap Hooks – 2-inch Ratchet Straps with Snap Hooks are made with hardware that simply “snaps” into place. Once the snap hooks have been snapped into place it’s near impossible to have the risk of the cargo coming unsecured while in transit. These ratchet straps are great for those who ship often or those who ship cargo that is valuable.

Working Load Limit Tag for Ratchet Straps USA

What is a Working Load Limit?

Working Load Limits were designed in order to help against the unpredictable that may happen on your way from one destination to the next. These events can range from a strap failing to a sudden lane change due to another motorist, a hard brake, or even taking a corner too fast. All of these events can cause your tie-down straps to momentarily receive abnormal amounts of stress and could potentially cause your tie-down straps to fail.

Working Load Limit (WLL) was created in order to keep you and your cargo safe against these events by using one-third of the breaking strength of the strap. For example, a tie-down strap with a 10,000 lbs breaking strength would receive a 3,335 lbs safe working load limit rating per strap. If you used multiple straps this number would increase greatly and make your cargo securement even more secure.

This is why we always recommend using at least four different tie-down straps in four different locations in order to help balance the weight of the cargo and create fail-safes in case a strap were to fail your load would remain safely secured. Remember, there is no real limit to the amount of ratcheting tie-down straps that you can use to secure cargo and if at any point you feel unsafe securing your load you should immediately add more ratchet straps.

Tow truck using axle straps to secure

How to Tighten a Ratchet Strap Instructions

1. From the bottom of the ratchet strap slowly thread the webbing through the slot in the center of the spool of the closed ratchet.
2. Next pull the webbing through and remove the excess slack or loose webbing to make a firm but not tight webbing.
3. Begin to crank the ratchet handle up and down to tighten the ratchet strap into place. You will want to make sure the item you are transporting is snug, but not too tight that it damages the cargo you are transporting.

How to Loosen a Ratchet Strap Instructions

1. To release the ratchet strap, pull and hold the tab on top of the ratchet assembly to override the ratcheting function.
2. Open the Ratchet until it is completely open and ratchet is laying flat.
3. Grab the polyester tie-down webbing from the nonfixed side and begin to pull the webbing to release.
4. Pull and hold the release tab on top of the ratchet to close the ratchet.

Shop our 2 inch Ratchet Straps

Truck Tied Down with Car Tie Downs

Frequently Asked 2 inch Ratchet Strap Questions

How Many 2-inch Ratchet Straps Do You Need to Secure Cargo? – In most circumstances, you will always want to use at least two straps for lighter-weight cargo or four different straps for heavier securement applications to ensure your cargo remains safe in case of a strap breaking. There is never a limit

Can 2-inch Ratchet Straps Cause Damage from Overtightening? – In short, it depends. Under normal circumstances and if you are paying attention this shouldn’t ever really pose a risk of happening. Ideally, you want to remove the slack to get your cargo snug in place and use several more clicks after to ensure it is safe in place.

You should never continuously keep tightening ratchet straps as they flow in one direction and WILL cause damage if you are expecting the straps to stop tightening on their own.

What Type of Tie Down Webbing Do 2-inch Ratchet Straps Use? – Polyester tie-down webbing is the webbing of choice for 2-inch ratchet straps as it stretches very little, provides great amounts of strength, and has added durability for your cargo securement.

How Long Can 2-inch Ratchet Straps be in Length? – Normally, 8 feet long, 12 feet long, and 16 feet long, is the most commonly used sizes for ratchet straps. However, some applications may require a strap that is shorter or in certain circumstances longer.

RatchetStrapsUSA makes a majority of our ratchet straps in-house and the ratchet straps can be made to order exactly how you need them. If you are interested in purchasing our custom-made 2-inch ratchet straps give our experts a call at 800-483-2189 today!

Are Standard Ratchet Straps or Heavy Duty Ratchet Straps Better? – Ultimately it comes down to how often you anticipate securing cargo with ratchet straps. If you are securing cargo daily or weekly we strongly urge our customers to go with the heavy-duty ratchet straps as they provide added durability from the increased working load limit polyester webbing.

This is made by using more materials which helps to add durability and strength while reducing the odds of the webbing becoming torn, as well as using our heavy-duty 2-inch ratchet hardware.