When using ratchet straps to secure a load, the most difficult part of the process is often simply just figuring how to use ratchet correctly. Many people make the mistake of assuming they have learned how to assemble ratchet straps the right way, only to find out later on once their cargo has been damaged that they didn’t do it right. It’s imperative to learn the proper way to assemble ratchet straps, and once you’ve mastered these easy skills, it’s something that you’ll never forget. Below are some common mistakes that people make when using ratchet straps.
One big mistake with using ratchet straps is mis-threading the strap into the ratchet or allowing it to become twisted. You may notice this right away, because you’ll actually be able to tighten the ratchet when it’s been mis-threaded, but only to a certain point. Make sure when threading the ratchet that you don’t cover up the handle, which will prevent the ratchet strap from being properly tightened, and also ensure that the strap is loaded evenly to prevent it from getting stuck in the tracks.
Another trick to learning how to assemble and how to work ratchet straps is to know what the weight capacities of the strap so that you are using the right materials and weight limit for the job. There are a few different styles of ratchet straps, hooks and webbing that determine what kind of load they are suited for. A good rule of thumb to remember is that the wider the webbing used, the stronger it is going to be.
Finally, when learning how to assemble a ratchet strap, always inspect all pieces carefully for signs of wear and tear or excessive damage that can prevent the strap from working correctly. By being aware of the materials you are using and taking the time to learn how to use them correctly, you can save yourself a huge amount of frustration when securing your loads.