Ratchet lashings or ratchet straps are a type of load restraint which comes in a vast array of sizes and strengths; they are used predominantly for tying down cargo and securing items together. Whether you need lorry ratchet straps, small ratchet straps or heavy duty ratchet straps you can get them all here at great prices.
Ratchet straps are quite a simple piece of apparatus which essentially consist of a couple of lengths of flat webbing material with anchor fittings at one end and a ratchet buckle mechanism which is fixed to one strap.
How to use a Ratchet StrapUsing a ratchet lashing is a relatively easy process and can take just a few minutes to secure a load once you have the hang of it. The two ends of the strap will have a special fitting attached which will enable you to anchor it onto a secure point, this is often a particular cargo anchor point on a vehicle, perhaps anchor points in a boot or rear of a van or maybe a roof rack.
Once the 2 webbing straps are anchored they can be passed over/wrapped around the load to be secured, making sure the straps do not become twisted. The strap with the free end can then be passed through the take-up spool /drum on the ratchet handle, from here you need to pull the webbing through until there is just enough slack to get your hand under easily. Next you can begin to crank the ratchet handle which will tighten the strap to the necessary tension required to ensure the load cannot move.
Load security is of paramount importance, when you are out driving you will have probably seen vehicles with precariously balanced loads and/or loads which have not been secured correctly and are loose and moving around.
Why use a Ratchet Lashing?
This can be extremely dangerous; particularly for other drivers and pedestrians should the load be shed. A lorry which sheds its load over the road has many implications, most importantly it puts other drivers in extreme danger, firstly because it will cause the vehicle/s directly behind to swerve and brake suddenly, vehicles to the side and indeed rear can be crushed or seriously damaged if the load falls on them, and again causing that vehicle to swerve and brake quickly, it is these actions which often cause the pile-ups we see on our motorways, and can cause serious injuries, damage and even road closures which will also have a knock-on effect to other people’s lives, businesses and deliveries etc. These scenarios can easily be averted by tying down loads correctly, ratchet straps or other type of cargo restraints are a key piece of equipment when it comes to load safety.
Types of Ratchet Straps AvailableAvailable from our range of lifting equipment our ratchet tie down straps are produced from high quality polyester webbing; polyester is used because of its excellent properties which include UV resistance, water resistance, low stretch qualities and great durability, polyester also has good resistance to oils and chemicals, mould and mildew which makes them perfect for use outdoors and for keeping in your work vehicle.
We have a wide range of ratchet lashings to choose from small ratchet straps to heavy duty ratchet straps including mini, 25mm wide ratchets, 35mm, 50mm and 75mm wide ratchet straps; there is also the endless ratchet straps where there is just one piece of webbing and are ideal for roof rack load securing and securing loads to pallets as well as simply securing multiple objects together.
We have our own facilities where bespoke ratchet straps and other webbing products such as web slings can be custom made to your requirements. Our industrial sewing machines and experienced machinists will ensure your ratchet lashing is made to high standards and can be tailored to whatever length, width and fitting you need.