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How to Use a Ratchet Strap

By Christine Halvorsen • 12.08.21
Category Articles & How-To's > Ratchet Straps & Tie Downs  how to use a ratchet strap  ratchet strap  ratchet straps 

Some of the most common questions we receive from our customers are about the use of a ratchet strap. Along with questions about break strengths, working load limits, and safety guidelines, are those about how to use these versatile tie down straps: "How to thread a ratchet strap,” “How to release a ratchet strap,” or something similar.

If you've never used one of these versatile tie down straps, assembling one for the first time can be confusing. You can check out this video about ratchet straps and cam straps, which shows how to put together an assembly. We've also created the handy photo demonstration below for quick and easy reference.

All of our ratchet straps are DOT-approved and are manufactured with labels attached that include break strength and work load limit information. They also meet several requirements, including:

  • Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) guidelines

  • Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations

  • Web Sling & Tie Down Association (WSTDA)

  • California Highway Patrol (CHP)

  • North American Cargo Securement

To see our full line of tie downs, visit our Ratchet Straps & Tie Downs page.

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

infographic for how to use a ratchet strap

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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