Why Choose This Method?

Ratchet Straps are perfect cost effective lashing solutions for securing not only small but large loads too. Designed with simplicity in mind (you'll probably disagree with me if you're reading this article...but, I promise, I will change your mind!) They benefit from a lightweight design and offer a 'cleaner' alternative to heavy dirty chains or wire lashing systems which is a bonus for most of our customers who prefer them to the alternatives, however, there are still particular loads that require chains due to design or even the load weight. So, this is not a be-all-and-end-all solution, sorry!


What Components Make Up A Ratchet Lashing Strap Assembly?

Basic 'universal' ratchet lashings feature two parts:

The first a length of polyester webbing fitted one end with a claw type hook and the other end plain to fit the second part of the assembly.

The second part features a small length of polyester webbing terminated with an identical claw hook, but the opposite end houses the ratchet mechanism which tightens the assembly to secure the load.


Important Information You Might Not Know:

  • Lashing webbing is often specifically designed with ridges along the full length to provide additional grip for the ratchet
  • You should consider the capacity of your lashing points as well as the load you are securing
  • Never overload any rated assembly or exceed operating limits- this can result in serious accidents!
  • Not every load can be lashed using fabric lashings, some still require chains and ropes due to design and weight


How To Use A Ratchet Strap "Hook on, Handle Up"

  1. Connect the smaller side of the assembly that features the ratchet handle (or crank) via the claw hook to a suitably rated lashing point ensuring the handle faces up as it's difficult to assembly and tighten upside down
  2. Secure the other part of the assembly to another suitably rated lashing point and feed the plain end into the mouth of the ratchet
  3. Pull the plain end through the ratchet until there is no slack webbing and begin to tighten, the mechanical jaws will grip the webbing and begin applying tension to the load in order to secure it safely for transportation or storage


How To Remove A Ratchet Strap

  1. Crank the ratchet handle into the up position
  2. Pull the release lever located within the handle
  3. Remove the plain end, this should now be free to move when the release lever is opened
  4. Unhook and store in a clean, dry environment


Tips & Tricks

  • Don't over tighten your straps, this can lead to malfunctions of the assembly
  • Use edge protectors when lashing around sharp and stiff corners that could cause wear and tear to the webbing
  • Do not subject to high heat or extremely low temperatures that could cause the webbing to deteriorate quickly
  • Store hanging in areas where they can dry if wet and if dry are protected from becoming wet
  • Always ensure adequate number of straps and correct loads are chosen to suit the size and weight of the item being lashed


Other Types of Ratchet Straps

There are various other systems and formats available on the market, some for specific applications and industries, others more universal, I've outlined the most frequently used below:

Endless Cambuckle Straps are designed to lash around over and under the whole load, usually through two anchor points that are suitably rated for the task, the user then feeds the plain end into the jaw of the Cambuckle and pulls tight to apply force to the load. Often the most cost effective simple solution and commonly used in 'disposable' instances where for example the straps are not returned to the supplier of the goods, they are simply destroyed or discarded upon delivery. Cambuckle type assemblies usually only cater for lightweight loads up to around 400daN.




Ratchet Straps With Chassis Hooks make securing to the side of chassis and truck beds easier and more secure as well as better distributing over the two points compared to that of a standard 'J' type claw hook. This type of strap operates in exactly the same way as any normal universal system would do, the only difference being the end fitting, simply refer to the above instructions or watch videos on Youtube for further advice.




Ratchet Lashings With D-Links are often used for a closer connection or a more permanent connection, for example where building into a structure or otherwise often used for connecting to other components or assemblies. Just like the chassis hook system above, these simply operate in a universal way, the only difference being the end fitting.




Ratchet Lashings With Snap Hooks make one man fitting of ratchet straps easier when mounting to anchor points as the hooks won't slip away accidently due to their safety catches keeping them in place, perfect when fitting to slim anchor points such as those found in vans, but not great for hooking to truck chassis. Operating in the same way as any normal universal ratchet strap as we discussed above, but with the added safety feature and convenience (in some cases) of safety catches to secure the hooks in place. These hooks can be supplied flat or twisted for different applications.



For further advice and tips on how to use Ratchet Straps and lashing systems please feel free to contact me will@liftingequipmentstore.com or one of our friendly team who will be happy to assist you with any questions or queries you may have.

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