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Ratchet Straps & Tie Downs

What are Ratchet Straps?

Ratchet straps are cargo tie down straps that use a ratchet as the tensioning mechanism. The ratchet device drastically reduces the amount of force needed to tighten your straps, meaning it's easier to add the perfect amount of tension to hold your load in place.

To ensure safe transport for both your cargo and your staff, all of our ratchet straps have been extensively tested for safe use, and have labels with working load limit (WLL) information. Most also meet requirements / guidelines from several key authorities:

  • Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)
  • Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • Web Sling & Tie Down Association (WSTDA)
  • North American Cargo Securement

Comprehensive Ratchet Strap Selection

Our ratchet tie down straps are available in so many sizes and styles, there's something for almost every type of cargo securement application. Primarily made using polyester webbing, these durable tie downs are ideal for both flatbed and enclosed trailer use. Polyester is extremely strong, with very little stretch, and can secure your load with ease.

Not sure exactly what you are looking for? Below is an outline of some of the different cargo strap features you can choose from.

Cargo Strap Width

Ranging from 1-4” wide, each size is made from industrial-grade webbing and has a number of potential applications.

1 inch ratchet straps tend to be used for more light-duty projects and are easier to store due to their smaller size.

If you are using E-track or L-track, chances are you are looking for a 2 inch ratchet strap. They are the most commonly-used size, and can handle most tie-down jobs.

Need something a little more substantial? 3 inch ratchet straps are designed for many of the heaviest applications and can provide a break strength of up to 15,000 pounds.

Go above and beyond with a 4 inch ratchet strap - these heavy duty tie down straps provide break strengths of 15,000 pounds and over!

Ending Fitting Options for Cargo Tie Downs

The end hardware is just as important as the strap width - it can affect factors like WLL and E- and L-track compatibility. Choose from flat hooks, wire hooks, chain extensions, S-hooks, snap hooks, and more.

See all of our end fitting options  - we have more than ten available!

Ratcheting Tie Down Length

Depending on what you need to tie down, the length of the cargo strap will vary. It needs to be long enough to reach from anchor point to anchor point, but short enough that you won't have a lot of extra strap getting in the way.

Strap Color

While some tie downs are color-coded for easy length identification (for example, a 12' E-track strap is yellow, while a 16' is gray), you can also choose colors that match your brand, truck, etc.

Custom Tie Down Straps for Fleets

US Cargo Control has the manufacturing capabilities to outfit a fleet with custom straps. Our Iowa-based manufacturing team works hard to get you your straps quickly, and we can offer competitive bulk pricing on large orders.

Learn more about the benefits that come from partnering with US Cargo Control, including dedicate account managers, access to our online business portal, and more!

To get started, fill out our online form or contact one of our product experts! Whether you need one simple assembly or multiple intricate configurations, we can use any combination of strap size and fittings to create the perfect tie down solution.

Replacement Tie Downs for Trailers

Have a tie down strap with broken hardware, a worn ratchet, or a weak spot in the webbing? Buying replacement tie down straps is an excellent way to give new life to old assemblies - you buy only the strap component that you need to replace!

Choose from two main styles:

  1. A bolt loop end with hook or chain extension on the opposite end.
  2. A ratchet end with hook or chain extension on opposite end.

Cargo Strap Accessories & Alternatives

Don't forget to check out our accessories and alternatives.

Cordura® wear sleeves for webbing are available in all four strap width options and offer a layer of durable protection to extend the life of the ratchet strap or other tie downs.

If your securement application requires more stretch, see our selection of nylon webbing and buckles/hardware.

How To Use Ratchet Straps

Watch the video below to learn how to thread and tie down ratchets:

We also offer guidance on how to use these products for specific applications, including tying down an ATVtying down a motorcycle, and using an endless ratchet strap.


    Not sure which heavy-duty ratchet strap will work best for your application? Call to speak to one of our dedicated product experts to discuss your situation or for help placing an order.

    Looking for large equipment cargo tie downs? Check out our transport chain and load binders.