Tie down strap means a lot different stuff to different applications , we will focus on commercial truck tie downs in our discussion, specifically, we are going to talk about flat bed truck this time.
Since people put all kinds of stuff on the flat bed truck, just because they can or they have to , the requirement for tie downs can be pretty complex .
Now let’s talk about winch straps and truck winches, lots of flat beds have winches installed or .
For most flat bed trucks, truck winch and winch straps are what we need, some trailers come with winches installed you have to get winch straps .
Some flat beds come with winches installed, not all flat beds have winches installed . When the flat bed have the winches installed, we can use winch tie down straps to tie down articles on the flat bed , usually we tie down steel coils, concrete pipes, skids, anything that not too heavy for the 5400lbs working load limit . Winch straps usually come with flat hooks, since we usually hook the straps on the edge of the flat bed , of course the double J hook can be used too. There are 2” and 4” truck winches and 2” and 4” winch straps , depends on different situation , the strap length can be 20′, 25′, 27′, 30′, 35′, 40′ or more than 50′ .
And there are the most popular tie down: ratchet strap.
Ratchet strap is most used tie down straps because of their capability , you can use them almost anywhere when it’s applicable. The ending comes with quite some varieties, flat hooks, wire hooks , chain anchor , snap hooks, endless and more. And it’s width can be 1” to 4”, length can be a few feet to more than 50 feet . On 18 wheelers ratchet tie downs are the most used tie down devices for shippers , those trailers without winches installed will look at ratchet straps seriously .
To acquire these tie down straps, you have the choice between local stores and online retailers , depends on your needs , sometimes get them in local store is a better choice , sometimes online sales are much more attractive .