Talking about tie downs, they probably are discussing about totally different stuff depends on the context, for instance , ratchet strap is two inches and ten thousand lbs tie down while ratchets for pick up will be 1” and 500 lbs tie down, we’re only going to discuss about truck tie downs here, to keep it simple and stupid, I’m sure you’ve already seen flatbed tie downs on the road, we will only talk about flatbeds right now.
So many different loads can be put on flat beds, the choice of tie downs will be really complicated, they will need quite some different tie down devices to get the job done, such as e track straps for box truck . We’ll examine winch straps and truck winches, lots of flat beds have winches installed or you can install winches later, then you’ll be able to use winch straps with truck winches, it has to be a straight forward choice .
It’s well known that slide in winch and truck winch straps are most popular tie down devices for flat beds . When you work with truck winches and winch straps, there is one thing you can’t live without: winch bar, these steel bars are required for your job, so get one if you don’t already have one.
Then here are most popular tie downs: ratchet straps. Common wisdom indicates that the ratchet strap is assemblies of ratchet buckles and nylon or polyester webbing tie down strap, there are fixed end straps with ratchet buckles and loose end straps.
Ratchet straps are most used tie down devices because of their flexibility , you can put them almost anywhere when it’s applicable. With flat hooks, wire hooks, cloth loops, chain anchors, even endless, ratchets just can’t have enough variety, how can we don’t love these ratchets? Width of the ratchets measured from 1” to 4” and the length can be anything from inches to more than 50 feet, the ratcheting mechanism really has it’s advantage. Even for flatbeds which use winch straps primarily the ratchets may be essential, imagine following scnario, you lose a winch while you’re on a tight schedule, and it’s midnight and it’s impossible to find a new or used winch, then ratchet straps come to your rescue!
OK, now where can we get these nice ratchet straps , local stores or online sellers? Depends on your needs , sometimes buy them in local store is a pretty good idea , sometimes online options are much more attractive. To help you make decision you need accurate and non altered information on the vendors, you can check out online forums, blogs and opinion sites to figure all of these out before you go all in.
FMCSA says it very clear, securing your loads on the truck is mandated, whatever the situation is. Don’t forget you need qualified tie downs and properly secure your load.