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Ratchet Straps for Cargo Control

Ratchet Straps utilize ratchet hardware that flows in one direction to remove excess webbing slack which tightens the strap to hold your cargo in place. Once you secure the ratchet strap, lock it into place with the desired tension and remove any slack.

To release the ratchet you simply open the ratchet hardware flat and pull the excess webbing out of the ratchet mandrel. You can then store the ratchet straps in an area away from direct sunlight, moisture, or sharp edges to keep the straps in good condition until you are ready to use them again.

Ratchet Straps have become one of the essential methods to improve safety and ensure your cargo arrives at the next destination safely without damage. Some of the most common securement applications with ratchet straps include pickup truck beds, utility trailers, moving vans, box trucks, enclosed trailers, dry vans, and flatbed trailers.

We engineer our ratchet straps to provide ultimate heavy-duty strength and durability. Our ratchet straps comply with the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Web Sling Tie Down Association (WSTDA) industry standards and general cargo control guidelines.

Ratchet Straps are extremely user-friendly and effective at securing cargo of various sizes, shapes, and weights within minutes. We have a wide selection of ratchet straps in different lengths, widths of webbing, webbing colors, and hardware options to fit your exact cargo control and customization needs.

Custom Made Ratchet Straps

Whether you’re gearing up to secure a dirtbike, UTV, or ATV for your next off-road adventure or ensuring that your customer’s cargo remains safely secured – we have a ratchet strap combination you can trust.

At Ratchet Straps USA we have a large assortment of 1-inch Ratchet Straps, 2-inch Ratchet Straps, 3-inch Ratchet Straps, and 4-inch Ratchet Straps that are in stock and ready to ship within one business day. We also custom-make just about any kind of custom ratchet strap you may need with our in-house sewing team experts at our manufacturing facility in Bellville, Ohio.

Unless specified otherwise, we use a high-quality, heavy-duty blend of polyester webbing for all our ratchet straps. This is due to the durability and protection properties of polyester webbing against moisture, mold, mildew, and UV rays from direct sunlight.

Polyester also has an excellent strength-to-stretch ratio. On average polyester webbing blends stretch around 7 percent. Alternative webbing blends such as nylon used for recovery and towing applications can stretch between 20 percent to 30 percent.

With over 30 years of experience in manufacturing ratchet straps, we have the knowledge, materials, machinery, and research to make you the ideal custom ratchet strap that you can trust to keep you and your cargo safe every mile along the way.

We take great pride in being one of the industry-leading manufacturers of ratchet straps in the United States and have earned the trust of those who use them. If you have a custom application that requires a custom length of webbing, color, or combination of hardware not listed on the website we can make you the perfect strap in-house at affordable prices.

If you have any questions, need a quote, or bulk pricing, or are interested in learning more about our custom ratchet strap options you can reach our experts best at 800-483-2189 or by using our online Contact Us Form. We look forward to helping you find the ideal custom ratchet strap combination that works for you best.

How To Choose The Ideal Ratchet Strap

Choosing the right size and strength of ratchet straps can be challenging for first-time users and we’ve created this section to provide a quick reference guide.

First, you need to determine the weight of the cargo you are attempting to secure and if you have enough ratchet straps to keep the cargo safely secured. If at any point you feel as if the strength of your strap does not feel adequate for the weight of your cargo consider adding more straps to ensure you are safe.

Next, you need to determine the length of the ratchet strap that you need. An easy way to measure the length while factoring in various angles that you may come across is to take a piece of string or yarn and create a mock securement. After you have a general idea of the length you will need you can measure the piece of yarn to get a length that your cargo will require to stay safely secured.

When selecting a ratchet strap, consider load distribution and ensure you secure your cargo from all four corners. Unexpected maneuvers on the road could cause a strap to fail such as a sudden lane change, hard brake, or rapid acceleration. It is always better to have too many ratchet straps than not enough.

1 Inch Ratchet Straps

1-inch Ratchet Straps are the most commonly used size of ratchet straps for lighter-duty securement applications. Although smaller than other ratchet strap sizes, they are designed to provide great strength and durability. Our 1-inch Ratchet Straps range from 500 lbs safe working load limit ratings to our strongest 1-inch ratchet straps providing a safe working load limit rating of 1,100 lbs per strap.

Our 1-inch Ratchet Straps offer three different strength options of 1-inch wide polyester webbing. We have a light duty with 1,500 lbs breaking strength webbing, our standard duty 3,000 lbs breaking strength, and our heaviest duty 1-inch webbing that offers a 6,600 lbs breaking strength. Our 1-inch wide 6,600 lbs breaking strength is the heaviest-duty and most durable 1-inch webbing in the cargo control industry.

We have a wide selection of different colors of webbing ranging from Black, Camo, Blue, Yellow, Red, Green, Orange, White, and Olive Drab to choose from that can be used to make 1-inch custom ratchet straps with your desired specifications.

Popular 1-inch Ratchet Strap Securement Applications Include:
Popular 1-inch Ratchet Strap Applications Include:
  • Motorcycle Securement
  • Kayaks
  • Lawn Equipment
  • Boats
  • ATV/UTV Transport
  • Moving Furniture
  • Pickup Truck Beds
  • Appliances
  • Luggage Securement
  • Camping Gear

2 Inch Ratchet Straps

2-inch Ratchet Straps are also a popular size of ratchet straps and are commonly used mainly for medium-duty to heavy-duty cargo securements. 2-inch Ratchet Straps are commonly used as the go-to size for professional movers, dry van trailer operators, enclosed trailers, with e-track systems, or those transporting a vehicle.

2-inch Ratchet Straps are made with 2-inch wide polyester tie-down webbing with either a 6,000 lbs, 10,000 lbs, or 12,000 lbs breaking strength load capacity. The ratchet hardware for 2-inch Ratchet Straps is made from heavier gauge metal hardware which pairs with our 2-inch webbing for a higher working load limit rating.

Because of the heavier-duty 2-inch ratchet hardware, fittings, and webbing the safe working load limit ratings for our 2-inch ratchet straps range from 1,466 lbs to 3,335 lbs per strap. We also have an optional Cordura webbing sleeve designed to create a barrier between your webbing and friction burns to keep the webbing in great shape long term.

Some of the hardware end fitting customization options include flat hooks, wire hooks, snap hooks, chain anchors, RTJ cluster hooks, loops, e-track fittings for e-track systems, plate trailer hooks, narrow flat hooks, vinyl-coated s hooks, d rings, and more. No matter the size, shape, or weight of the cargo you are securing we have the hardware options to keep you moving safely down the road.

Some colors of 2-inch webbing include Black, White, Yellow, Gray, Blue, Green, Orange, Camo, and Olive Drab. These webbing colors can be used with our 2-inch ratchet hardware and end fittings to make the ideal 2-inch custom ratchet strap for your securement application in any length of webbing.

Popular 2-inch Ratchet Strap Securement Applications Include:
Popular 2-Inch Ratchet Strap Applications Include:
  • Motorcycle and ATV Transport
  • Moving Furniture
  • Boat Securement
  • Automotive Transport
  • Lumber and Building Materials
  • Pallet Securement
  • Securing Appliances
  • Kayak and Canoes Securement
  • Dry Van Trailers
  • UTV and Side-by-Side Securement

3 Inch Ratchet Straps

3-inch Ratchet Straps are commonly used for commercial-grade securement applications and are extremely heavy-duty and often overkill for most average-size and weight cargo control securements. Most 3-inch ratchet strap applications range from securing hay bales to moving construction materials or are used as heavy-duty straps with limited space.

The 3-inch polyester tie-down webbing features an 18,000 lbs webbing breaking strength and a safe assembly working load limit rating of 5,400 lbs per strap depending on the selected hardware options. Available end-fitting hardware options include flat hooks, wire hooks, endless loops, or grade 70 chain anchors hardware in the length of webbing your securement application requires.

The ratchet hardware on this size of ratchet strap is much different than around-the-house ratchet hardware as the ratchet hardware is approximately 12.5 inches long by 5.25 inches in width and weighs just over 8 lbs alone. The ratchet hardware is also coated in a zinc protective finish which helps to protect against corrosion, rust, dings, and dents.

4 Inch Ratchet Straps

4-inch Ratchet Straps are our widest and heaviest-duty ratchet straps available. The most commonly used 4-inch ratchet strap securement applications include securing machinery, farm equipment, and construction materials, and transporting raw metal or materials on flatbed trailers.

Made from our heaviest-duty 4-inch polyester webbing blend that features a 24,000 lbs breaking strength and is available in color options of Gray, Blue, Yellow, or Orange. Our 4-inch width webbing is the strongest and most durable webbing on the market.

The 4-inch ratchet hardware is made of heavy-duty metal construction and features a 24,000 lbs ratchet hardware breaking strength and an 8,000 lbs working load limit rating. Our 4-inch ratchet hardware is coated in a zinc finish helps to provide excellent protection from dings, dents, scratches, and corrosion, and protection against rust through repetitive usage and changing weather conditions you may experience while on the road.

Some of our popular 4-inch ratchet strap end fittings include Flat Hooks, Wire Hooks (Double J Hooks), Delta Rings, and Chain and Hooks. When combined and sewn into a 4-inch ratchet strap with the ideal length of webbing, ratchet hardware, and end fitting hardware depending on options you have a safe working load limit rating of 5,400 up to 5,670 lbs.

At Ratchet Straps USA, we have ratchet straps in stock or custom-made to-order ratchet straps for every securement need. If you don’t find the exact strap you are looking for we can custom-make it with the desired options in-house to fit your cargo control needs.

If you have any questions, need a quote, or are interested in our large quantity discount pricing you can contact our experts by giving us a call at 800-483-2189. We look forward to helping you find the ideal ratchet for your application needs.

How to Inspect your Ratchet Straps for Damage

Before using a ratchet strap or any other tie-down strap to secure cargo in place you should always inspect the strap for any visible damage such as burns to the webbing, cuts, tears, fraying, discoloration, or mold and mildew damage. Hardware can also become damaged from dings but either the end-fitting hardware or the ratchet hardware rarely becomes damaged before the webbing.

After every use, you should always provide a second inspection before you put the ratchet straps into storage. You should mainly look over the hardware and webbing for visible cuts, tears, or friction burn marks as these types of damages can happen quickly.

If you notice any visible defectives to your ratchet strap such as the issues above you should avoid using the ratchet strap immediately and purchase a new strap as the ratchet strap is unsafe.

If you are interested in further information please refer to our blog post How to inspect your Ratchet Straps.

How to Tighten A Ratchet Strap Instructions

1). Start by attaching the long end of the ratchet strap into place by using hooks hardware, e-track fittings, or other end fittings into place. Then repeat this process for the other end of the ratchet strap.

2). Next, thread the webbing through the slot in the spool of the closed ratchet hardware.

3). Pull the webbing through to remove the excess webbing slack to the desired strength. The strap should be firm but not extremely tight.

4). Crank the ratchet handle up and down to tighten the strap into place. Ideally, you want to make sure the cargo is tightened enough into place to prevent the cargo from moving around while on the road but not too tight to cause damage to the cargo.

We typically recommend our customers to get their cargo tight and then provide two additional clicks of the ratchet to ensure the cargo is safe. However, you should always use your best judgment if you need to tighten the strap further or if you need to use more ratchet straps. It’s better to be too safe than not safe enough in the cargo control world.

5). Once the ratchet strap is tightened to the desired strength you will want to wrap the excess webbing that you did not use and wrap it neatly around the strap. This can be done by placing the unused webbing under the tightened ratchet strap or wrapping it around the strap itself.

This helps to reduce harmonics while on the road can help keep your straps in good condition and prevents friction burns or cuts. Also, you can use corner protectors to help create a protection barrier between your ratchet straps and sharp edges to keep them longer lasting. It’s normally much cheaper over time to invest in corner protectors than to continuously purchase new straps that have become damaged.

How To Release A Ratchet Strap Instructions

1). Start by pulling the holding tab that can be found on top of the ratchet hardware assembly upwards to override the ratcheting function.

2). Next, open the ratchet hardware until it is entirely open and the ratchet hardware is flat.

3). Remove the polyester tie-down webbing out of the ratchet hardware.

4). Pull and hold the release tab on top of the ratchet to close the ratchet shut.

After you release your ratchet strap you should always spend a couple of seconds per strap to wrap the webbing around ratchet hardware. You can then use a rubber band, duffle bag, or socks to store the straps to prevent the webbing from causing friction burns while in storage. Excess webbing can weaken or destroy your strap over time if you are not careful so remember to spend a few extra seconds on each strap to keep them long-lasting.

For further information check out our full blog post on How to Store Ratchet Straps Properly.

What is A Working Load Limit Rating?

A ratchet strap breaking strength is defined as the ultimate force or pressure before the ratchet strap breaks or fails. For example, our 2-inch heavy-duty polyester webbing takes 12,000 lbs of breaking strength to take it to the point of failure.

A Ratchet Strap Working Load Limit Rating (WLL) or Safe Working Load Limit Rating (SWLL) takes this one step further to ensure you and your cargo remain safe on the road by dividing the breaking strength by ⅓. This helps to provide you with a safety net and an easy way to determine how strong of a ratchet strap you need or how many ratchet straps you need to stay safely secured.

Working Load Limits were designed to implement factors you may encounter during your drive such as sharp corners, sudden hard brakes, rapid acceleration, or if you were to become in an automotive accident your cargo would remain safely secured.

As ratchet straps are only as strong as the weakest component or part of the ratchet strap the working load limit is rated off of the weakest part or point of the strap. For example, a ratchet strap assembled with the weakest part rated at a 10,000-breaking strength will have a safe working load limit rating of 3,333 lbs per strap.

For further information on how working load limits and breaking strengths work you can visit our blog post on How to Understand Working Load Limit Ratings or give us a call at 800-483-2189 and our experts would be happy to assist you further with answering any questions you may have.

How Many Ratchet Straps You Need To Stay Safe

To determine how many ratchet straps you need to stay safely secured you will need to know the overall weight of the cargo you are securing. For example, if your cargo weighs 1,000 lbs you will need ratchet straps with a combined safe working load limit rating of 1,000 lbs to at minimum match the weight of your cargo.

If the straps were safely rated at 400 lbs each you would want to use at minimum four ratchet straps at this safe working load limit rating. While three straps ultimately would provide you with 200 lbs of extra working load limit capacity if a strap were to break your cargo may be at risk of becoming unsecured and either moving or even falling off of the trailer entirely.

This could in return cause damage to your cargo, put you in a dangerous situation, cause costly insurance claims, wasted time, or possibly even cause injury to other motorists.

By adding a ratchet strap in this example you can provide yourself with peace of mind knowing that you are well over the minimum working load limit rating requirements and that if a strap were to break your cargo would remain safe. It also helps provide extra load distribution to your cargo which helps to prevent straps from breaking or coming unsecured.

Frequently Asked Ratchet Straps Questions

What is the Best Way to Maintain Ratchet Straps?

The number one way to maintain and keep your ratchet straps in good condition is by preventing friction burns. You can either use corner protectors while they are in use or properly store them between uses.

You can also spray a lubricant such as WD-40, oil, or other similar lubricant spray along all metal moving components of the ratchet hardware from time to time. This will help prevent corrosion and rust and help keep the moving parts moving freely.

What Should You Do If Your Ratchet Strap Becomes Jammed?

If your ratchet strap has become jammed you should immediately stop using excess force and attempt to untangle the ratchet if possible.

If you can’t untangle or remove the webbing from the ratchet hardware you may look at removing the bolt on the ratchet strap hardware.

This will allow you to focus solely on untangling the webbing without hardware being in the way. If you remove the bolt for the ratchet hardware you should make absolute certainty that you put the bolt back and that it is tightened back into place.

If either of these two steps did not work for untangling your ratchet you should find an object to put between the webbing to separate it. We recommend finding something rounded and not made of metal materials, ideally something plastic to separate the webbings without risk of tear damage or the webbing receiving damage from cuts.

What Should I Do If My Ratchet Strap Becomes Damaged?

If your Ratchet strap becomes damaged you should immediately stop using it as it is unsafe to secure cargo. Next, you should determine if you can save any parts of the ratchet strap to prevent purchasing parts of the ratchet strap over again that are potentially still in good shape.

If you can send either the short end or the long end of the ratchet strap as only one side received damage you can then look at purchasing the side that has become damaged in our full selection of Replacement Ratchet Straps where you can purchase the damaged side that you need at a fraction of the price of purchasing an entirely new strap. If you purchased your last ratchet strap with Ratchet Straps USA, we can make sure the replacement strap is identical to the last ratchet strap that you received.

The Differences Between Standard and Heavy Duty Webbing?

Standard duty webbing is our most commonly used breaking strength webbing blend that we have consistently improved and it has been tested for strength and durability.

Heavy-duty webbing is made from the same material and stitching pattern but is made with more material which helps to provide a heavier-duty webbing breaking strength. As ratchet straps are only as strong as the weakest component of the strap it normally does not increase the safe working load limit rating.

Rather, using heavier-duty webbing blends helps to improve durability and helps to reduce cuts or tears in the webbing which is normally the first indicator that ratchet straps have become damaged and are not safe to use anymore. We recommend heavier-duty webbing blends for those who are transporting cargo that may have sharp or metal edges.

Can You Cut A Ratchet Strap To A Shorter Length?

Yes, ratchet straps can be cut from one length to a shorter length. The best way to approach this would be to measure the length needed and make a small mark on the strap you intend to cut down to size.

Next, use a sharp knife or scissors to cut the webbing to size. Now take a lighter or use a candle to seal the end of the webbing to prevent fraying and to seal the webbing. These steps can be repeated until you receive the desired length for your ratchet strap. If you have any questions or are interested in further information you can view our full blog post on How to Shorten Tie Down Straps Quick and Easy.

Does Ratchet Straps USA Offer Quantity Discounts?

Yes! We offer quantity discount pricing to consumers, purchasers, wholesalers, or those equipping your entire up of moving vans or flatbed trailers.

You can find our quantity discounts below most of our products on our website. However, if you are purchasing larger sized quantities it is best to give us a call to confirm shipping rates and that you are receiving the best price possible. We would be happy to provide you with a hassle-free quote and provide you with lead times to receive the products at your location.

If you have previously received a quote from one of our competitors we would love the chance to provide you with our quote to make sure you are receiving the best deal possible without risking product quality or safety in the process. You can reach our sales experts today by giving us a call at 800-483-2189 or by using our online Contact US Page. We look forward to helping you find the best ratchet strap for your cargo control application at the best prices possible.

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