When moving large cargo, you need to find the best way of tying it down (securing) it your transportation vehicle so that it can be transported from point to point safely and securely. Although there are many tie-down options available, such as ropes, bungee cords and cargo nets, tie-down straps have become an indispensable part of many tie-down applications.
But there are different kinds of tie-down straps and not all of them are made equal, meaning you need to have some criteria to use when selecting them. Read on to find out what to look for when purchasing tie-down straps.
You have to pay attention to how much you cargo weighs, because if you give the tie-down straps more weight than they can handle, there is a high probability that they will snap on you during use. Each strap has what is known as the Working Load Limit (WLL), and this is what determines how much weight is safe enough for the strap to hold.
What you need to do when purchasing tie-down straps is make sure that the maximum weight of your cargo is not greater than the combined WLL of the tie-down straps. This means that if your load is 1000lbs, and you purchase two straps, their combined WLL should be greater than 1000lbs.
Length is also another important factor, because if you get tie-down straps that are too short, they will not be able to go over your cargo and you will fail to secure it at all. And if you get straps that are too long, the remaining portion of the strap will be loose, becoming major hindrance during transportation.
But even if the tie-down strap lengths you are finding are too long, all hope is not lost, since manufactures have found a way to deal with the loose ends through housings and wrappers. The housing option is found on retractable ratchet straps and is used to reel in the loose ends as you tighten the strap. The wrapper, which is permanently affixed to the strap, allows you to roll up the strap’s remaining portion and attach it to the Velcro-like wrapper.
When tightening cargo to your transportation vehicle, there will be some sort of mechanism that will be used to provide you with a mechanical advantage in securing the cargo. This could be in a form of the buckle or ratcheting system. You should consider the following types when looking for a tie-down strapping:
Each vehicle has a different type of tie-down point, which is an anchor where you attach the hook of the strap. When choosing tie-down straps, you also need to know what type of hook will work for your vehicle.
Next time you are in the market for some tie-down straps, the above mentioned criteria should give you a good idea of what to look for. Whether it is a light or heavy load, flatbed trailer or pickup truck, tie-down straps will be able to provide the best way of securing your cargo for transportation. That is why it makes that much sense to know how to pick them in order to utilize them better.