How to Thread Ratchet Straps and Cam Buckle Straps

By Christine Halvorsen • 12.08.21
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While both ratchet straps and straps are used to haul various types of cargo and come in sizes ranging from 1" to 4" in width, there are some key differences between the two.

Ratchet Straps

A ratchet strap is available with many different fittings: , , , , , , , , , and .

Polyester webbing works for both types of straps because it has a low stretch rate and is very resistant to abrasion.

Learn more from ratchet straps.

How to thread a ratchet strap

  1. Open the ratchet so you have access to the take-up spool.
  2. Slide the strap through the spool and bring it right back on itself.
  3. Pull on the strap to remove the excess slack.
  4. Once the slack is removed, you can start to ratchet the strap to the desired tension, keeping the strap straight.
  5. Once you have reached your desired tension, lock the ratchet down to its closed position. To release the strap, open the ratchet all the way so it is completely flat and pull the strap out.

In cases where you do not need the strength of a ratchet strap, a cam buckle is an excellent choice. Cam straps are also available with various types of attachment hardware: butterfly fitting, e-track fitting, F-track hook and spring e-fitting, handle bar strap with S-hook, flat snap hook, and s-hook.

Cam Buckle Straps

Typically, cam buckle straps come in 1" and 2" sizes. This video highlights the differences between ratchets and cam buckles and also shows how to thread a cam buckle.

How to thread a cam buckle strap

  1. Turn the cam buckle over and thread your strap back through while pressing the thumb release.
  2. While pressing the thumb release, pull the strap to your desired tension and then release. To release the strap, press the thumb button and simply pull the strap.

Choosing between a ratchet and a cam buckle generally depends on workload limit or how fragile the product is that you are securing. If the cargo is light and fragile, go with a cam buckle since you cannot run the risk of over-tightening and crushing the product. For items heavier or more sturdy, the ratchet option works better.

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