How To Assemble and Use Ratchet Straps

Sometimes ratchet straps are delivered unassembled in two pieces. Fortunately, assembling ratchet straps is very simple to do. Below you will find step-by-step instructions in both written form and video form, as well as a simple diagram for effectively assembling and using your ratchet straps. Please take note that if you try to use a ratchet strap that has not been assembled correctly you risk tie-down failure and possible material damage or injury.

How to Assemble Ratchet Straps

  1. Align the ratchet axle so that the open slot points up when the ratchet is closed
    1. This can be done by opening the ratchet handle and ratcheting the axle until the open slot is aligned, then closing the ratchet so the axle assembly is easily accessible
  2. Lead the webbing from underneath the ratchet, through the axle, then out the other side
ratchet-strap-diagram

 

How to Use Ratchet Straps

Tightening: Place the hooks into position and pull the loose end of the strap away from the ratchet to remove any slack, then raise and lower the ratchet handle assembly. The strap will wrap around the axle and tighten. Once tight, close the ratchet handle completely to lock the strap in place.

Releasing: Pull and hold the release handle while you completely open the ratchet. The strap will pop loose, and you can now pull the ratchet to loosen the strap.

 

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