How to Use Ratchet Straps Like a Pro

Sometimes ratchet straps are delivered unassembled in two pieces, and it's up to you to assemble them. If a ratchet strap has not been assembled or used correctly, this could result in tie-down failure and possible material damage or injury. Fortunately, assembling ratchet straps is very simple to do. In addition to the video above, below you will find step-by-step instructions on how to use ratchet straps, as well as a simple diagram for effectively assembling and using your ratchet straps.

How to Assemble Ratchet Straps

  1. Open the ratchet handle, and align the ratchet axle so that the open slot points up when the ratchet is closed
    • This can be done by opening the ratchet handle and ratcheting the axle until the open slot is aligned
  2. Close the ratchet so the axle assembly is easily accessible
  3. Lead the webbing from underneath the ratchet, through the axle, then out the other side

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.

Now that you know how to correctly assemble and use ratchet straps to keep your cargo secure, shop our big selection of ratchet straps and tie downs. carries tie down straps for all kinds of situations, from carrying a motorcycle in the bed of a pickup truck, to hauling that pickup across the country on a semi trailer. If you're not sure which ratchet strap is right for your load, or you have any other questions regarding ratchet straps, please feel free to contact our product experts, who will be glad to help!

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