Load restraints & recovery equipment covers a broad range of products from cam buckle straps to ratchet straps, load binder to chain tie downs, towing straps & kinetic tow ropes to recovery chain and hooks. The terminology used for these types of load restraints include lorry straps, lashing straps, chain ratchet and trailer straps, recovery straps and tow ropes. Lifting Gear Direct can supply the full range so whether you need a cam buckle strap, small ratchet strap or heavy duty ratchet straps, lorry ratchet straps, tie down rope or load binder & chains or any type of towing and recovery equipment we can help.
A load restraint is a device which securely ties down loads to your vehicle. There are different products for this which include load binders, ratchet straps, cam buckles, lashing straps, lorry straps and more.
We have probably all seen vehicles with precariously balanced loads which are not tied down securely. When this happens, is poses a danger to the load, vehicle carrying the load and the driver, not to mention the enormous hazards it puts other drivers under. A lorry which sheds its load over the road has many implications. These scenarios can easily be averted by tying down loads correctly. There are a number of load restraint devices to help to secure your loads correctly, ratchet lashings, simple cam buckle & strap and a variety of different load binders.
Ratchet lashings are a simple piece of load restraint kit, and always useful to have in your vehicle for securing loads, as are the more simple, web strap and cam buckle arrangements. A ratchet lashing is simply a piece of flat webbing with a ratchet buckle mechanism.
The type of recovery equipment supplied by Lifting Gear Direct comes in many forms and includes Towing straps, recovery chain and hooks, wheel straps, kinetic tow rope and towing kits. Many of these products can be made up to suit your specific needs. Length, strength, width and a choice of fittings can all be catered for.
Tow straps are a very popular form of recovery equipment and generally consist of a webbing strap with soft eyes at each end. Shackles are normally uses as a connection between the sling, towing vehicle and the item for recovery. You should always bear in mind the breaking strength of any tow strap or rope. This differs from the safe working load used for lifting rather then pulling. The forces applied to a sling or tow strap differs when either lifting or pulling. It is often the case that the weight of the vehicle to be towed or other item to be recovered is unknown, although with the modern technology of today, a quick internet search will probably find the answer. For this reason most people tend to buy a tow strap with a much higher breaking strength than possibly needed to err on the side of caution!
Simple straps with cam buckles are available in numerous safe working loads usually coming in 2 pieces with the can buckle fixed to one end of the webbing. They can be wrapped completely around or just over the load the ends are then secured to the vehicles anchor points. Often via their end hooks, the loose end is then passed through the cam buckle and pulled tight, the tension on the cam will hold the webbing strap securely in place. There are many types of fixings for securing the ends of the webbing to the vehicle, they include crab hooks, claw hooks and snap hooks.
Ratchet lashings are even more robust, secure and often easier to tension down due to the ratchet mechanism. Ratchet lashings/straps are used more or less in the same way as a strap and cam buckle, however with the ratchet mechanism, the loose end is threaded through the take-up spool/drum on the ratchet mechanism, pulling it through until most of the slack is taken up and you can just get your fist under, then you just need to crank the handle up and down to pull through and tighten/tension the strap, and subsequently the load. This is much easier than just using sheer muscle like with the simple strap and cam buckle arrangement, it is also muck more likely to get a tighter strap and so a more secure load.
There are two main types of load binders, lever and ratchet. They will essentially achieve the same results as other ratchet lashings/straps, however they are designed to be used with chains, not webbing straps. This makes them ideal for loads with sharp or abrasive edges that could easily damage or cut through webbing.
Load binders are made from steel and so very robust, they also have 2 connecting/grab hooks for securing to the chains. The difference between a lever load binder and a ratchet load binder is the method which is used to tighten the chain. Watch our video above to see how they work.
Lifting Gear Direct are also able to supply 3 strand, polypropylene rope. This is perfect for many tie down applications and makes an ideal lorry rope. This is undoubtedly the cheapest product for cargo restraining and Lifting Gear Direct can supply it in any length up to 220 metres. There is a range of diameters to choose from too, up to 12mm.
Browse our full selection of load restraints below for full technical details and call our team on 01384 76961 to discuss any requirements. Web lashings and cam
buckle straps can be made to order to your specifications in our own
factory by our experienced machinists.