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The Ratchet Straps and Lashings 2020 Resource Guide

14 October, 2020

When travelling with a heavy load, it’s crucial to ensure that loads are secured correctly without moving around in your vehicle which can be extremely dangerous if the load becomes loose and potentially causes injuries in the unlikely event of an accident.


By tying loads correctly using ratchet straps and lashings, your loads will be safe and secure without any worry of becoming loose and moving around when on the road.


In this guide, we take a look at how to use ratchet straps, the main uses for them and the types of ratchet straps you can choose from.

What Are Ratchet Straps?

A ratchet strap (also known as a tie-down strap) is a durable and high-strength strap with a strong metal ratchet lock used to connect one strap to another and secure a load. The webbing of a ratchet strap secures a load in place which can be tightened with a fastener to keep equipment secure during transportation.


Predominantly for tying down cargo and securing items together, ratchet straps are used for general securing of equipment and materials but are most common in the construction field for tying hardware down safely and securely and fastening goods on pallets, containers, trucks and trailers.

How to Use Ratchet Straps

If you’re wondering how to release ratchet straps and how to use them, you’ll be pleased to know that the process is relatively easy and can take just a few minutes to set up.


Start by opening the handle of the ratchet and ratchet the axle until the open slot is pointing up, then close the ratchet for easier accessibility. Feed the webbing through the axle slot from underneath the ratchet and then hold the ratchet hook into position. Remove any slack between the hooks by pulling the free end of the webbing and raising and lowering the ratchet handle in a pumping motion. 


When you notice the straps showing more tension as it tightens and secures the load in place, close the ratchet handle to lock the strap in place. When it comes to releasing ratchet strips, simply pull and hold the release handle until the ratchet handle opens. The strap will then become loose.

Storing Ratchet Straps

When storing your ratchet, it’s important to keep them in a dry location to avoid mildew and out of the sun to reduce brittleness and prevent the ratchet from losing its strength. Of course, it’s important to check before every use that the straps are in good condition and aren’t damaged in any way, otherwise, it may not be safe or effective to use. Although, ratchet straps should typically be replaced every two-four years (depending on usage and damage).


Otherwise, you do have the option to purchase polyester ratchet straps which are UV resistant, water-resistant, provide low stretch qualities and even greater durability, meaning that you’ll be able to use the ratchet straps for much longer in time. With polyester having a great resistance to chemicals, oils, mould and mildew, it makes a great material for external environments.

The Types of Ratchet Straps

We have a wide range of ratchet lashings to choose from, all the way from small to heavy-duty. The main types of ratchet straps vary in sizes, including 25mm, 35mm, 50mm and 75mm wide. We are also able to supply bespoke ratchet straps which can be made to your exact requirements, tailored to any length, width or fitting.

How Can We Help?

At Lifting Gear Direct, we supply ratchet lashings to meet any requirement, whatever your cargo restraint needs are, whether you need ratchet straps, load binders, cam buckles, rope or chain.


 We also have a range of different ratchet handles/buckles which you can choose from including long and short handle varieties and wide or narrow versions. We supply stainless steel ratchet handles which can be of great benefit in marine applications.


Not found what you’re looking for or need some additional information? We are always ready to help wherever possible.


Speak to our team by calling 01384 76961 or fill in our contact form to discuss your requirements today.