E-Track: Ratchet Strap or Cam Buckle Strap?

By Christine Halvorsen • 12.08.21
Category Articles & How-To's > Ratchet Straps & Tie Downs  e-track  e-track cam buckle straps  e-track ratchet straps 
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If you're considering E-track for your trailer or truck, or even a non-transport use, such as in the garage for storage, all of the different options in track and accessories can be confusing. One of the most important choices will be e-track straps and tie downs. Cam buckle straps and ratchet straps are the most popular straps, but there are differences between the two that can help you decide which will work best for your job.

E-Track Ratchet Straps

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An e-track ratchet strap can be tightened significantly more than an e-track cam buckle strap. A ratcheting action uses leverage and force to pull the strap very tight. The tighter tension makes ratchet straps for e-track better for securing large, heavy loads. E-track ratchet straps have a work load limit and break strength than e-track cam buckle straps.

E-Track Cam Buckle Straps

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E-track cambuckle straps are simpler to assemble and use than e-track ratchet straps. Tension is more easily controlled with cam straps so there’s less danger of over-tightening and damaging more fragile cargo. E-track cam buckle straps are quick to secure and more convenient to use.


All of our E-track ratchet straps and E-track cam straps are available in three sizes, each in a tough 6,000 lb. polyester webbing:

  • 2"x12'

  • 2"x16'

  • 2"x20'

E-track straps are typically color-coded for easy identification of length:

  • Yellow = 12'

  • Gray = 16'

  • Blue = 20'

Learn more about ratchet straps from our comprehensive guide to ratchet straps.

Learn more about E-track - including a general product overview, installation tips, and more.

About US Cargo Control

Founded in 2005, US Cargo Control is a trusted leader in the cargo control industry, specializing in professional rigging and lifting equipment, trucking and transportation tie downs, and moving supplies. With a superior online shopping experience, industry-experts available via phone, and a central Midwest location, USCC is dedicated to getting you what you want, when you need it. For more information, visit www.uscargocontrol.com

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