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10 Qualities to Demand When Buying Cargo Ratchet Straps

Cargo ratchet straps are a popular and widely used piece of equipment, particularly within the transport industry, where they are regularly used to tie down loads. These can sometimes be extremely heavy loads, or involve multiple loads. For this reason, it is crucial that you have only the highest quality equipment.

Whether you choose to shop with us here at Rope Services Direct or elsewhere (we won’t judge!), it’s important to know what to look for. To help, we’ve laid out 10 qualities to demand when buying cargo ratchet straps.

#1 The right product for the job

The first thing to note is that there are many types of cargo straps available. It seems like an obvious point to make, but it’s crucial that you get the right product for the job! Do your research, gain an understanding of what the requirements are for your task, and ensure that you are left with the best product possible.

Tied in with this is ensuring that you are being looked after by knowledgeable and high-quality sales reps.

This product is regularly used in the transport industry

#2 The width and diameter

Cargo straps and ratchet straps come in a whole range of widths and diameters to suit a multitude of tasks, and it’s important that you have the right one for the job. This ties in nicely to the point above.

Again, speaking with an expert should leave you knowing exactly what the right width and diameter should be for your piece of equipment.

#3 Bespoke pieces

One of the benefits to using cargo straps is that they can often be manufactured as bespoke to suit your operation. If this is the case, then you should be left with a piece of equipment that is high-quality, and that fits exactly to your specifications.

#4 Made from high strength material

Cargo straps should be constructed from high strength material, which will be 100% polyester. This is crucial, as they will often be tying down extremely heavy loads, and you simply cannot afford for them to break. Demand that any strap that you purchase has been thoroughly tested and re-tested before use.

#5 Water resistant

Part of a cargo strap’s high strength nature is the fact that it is water resistant. This is important, as sometimes straps will be used in open-air environments, meaning that they can easily be exposed to the elements. Not only should your straps be water resistant, but they should also not lose any strength when wet either.

#6 UV resistant

Alongside water resistance, your cargo ratchet strap should have great UV resistance too. Just as they may be exposed to moisture in an open-air environment, they may also be exposed to sunny rays on the other end of the weather’s spectrum too. They must be able to resist these rays!

It is also important that your cargo strap is resistant to chemicals, oils, moulds and mildew too.

#7 Low stretch properties and good durability

The final point about your cargo ratchet strap’s composition that ties in with its strength and properties is its low stretch nature and its durability. When buying a cargo strap, you should demand that not only will it be low stretch, therefore avoiding any unpredictable moving of loads, but also that it will last a long time too.

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Here we can see cargo straps in action

#8 Comply with all laws and regulations

Whichever manufacturer you choose to shop with, you should be using one who complies with all relevant laws and regulations, and who produces equipment which passes all guidelines too. These will be:

#9 After care service

It’s not just about the quality of your cargo ratchet straps that you should be demanding from the get-go, but also the quality of the aftercare services that you will receive too. While all equipment will be manufactured with only the highest quality in mind, there may be times when things can go wrong.

For this, it is crucial that you have great quality customer support in place, whether this be for refunds, repairs, or something else. You’ll be able to guarantee yourself of this by shopping around with manufacturers to find the best one.

#10 The right end terminations

Just as there are multiple types of cargo strap and ratchet strap, there are also multiple ways that they can be finished too. Some have hooks, while others may have buckles. Consider which will be the best for your operation, and ensure you get the one that you ask for!

Would you like more information on cargo ratchet straps?

We hope that the above information has been useful in helping you to decide what the qualities are that you should not only be looking out for, but demanding, when buying cargo ratchet straps. Should you have any other questions, please get in contact with us here.



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When to Use Natural Fibre Rope Slings

The rope that you will find in the lifting gear industry today falls into two distinct categories; man-made or natural fibre. It can sometimes be hard to know which is the best one to use and when, and so we’ve put together this handy little guide on natural fibre rope slings to take the guesswork out of it for you!

The difference between man-made and natural fibre rope

Before getting into exactly when you would be best using natural fibre rope, we thought it would be important to clearly define the difference between this and the man-made variety. The latter, sometimes also referred to as synthetic, is man-made, and has been created using materials and chemicals that imitate the properties of natural fibre rope.

Typically, man-made rope will be manufactured from materials such as polypropylene, nylon, polyethylene or polyesters. The man-made variety generally has a longer service life than that of natural fibre rope, around 30% longer, and is more resistant to water.

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This type of product has some great qualities

It is also stronger than natural products, having around a 20% stronger tensile strength than its counterpart. Finally, it won’t shrink when wet, whereas natural rope will.

So, when should you use natural fibre rope slings?

There seems like a lot of preferable positives to using man-made rope over the natural type, but there are also plenty of reasons to use the latter too! It is designed for more lightweight applications, and also to provide its user with a better grip. This makes it the safer alternative when wanting to tie knots, as synthetic products can slip easily.

Also, natural fibre rope won’t melt at high temperatures, while synthetic will. The natural rope will only be damaged by heat if set on fire! Finally, as it is natural, it is much better for the environment than synthetic products, which are created using dangerous chemicals.

There are four main types of the natural variety, and we have detailed these below.


This is great as it can be dyed a variety of colours. Commonly used for applications such as packaging, hanging pictures or sash cords that you’ll find on window blinds.


Mainly used for fabrics such as sacking or hessian, but can also be used for the twine and ropes that you’ll find in some contemporary stairs or boating applications. Strong nature, but rough in texture.


A tough, durable rope. It is extremely resilient against saltwater, making it great for boating applications. Also used for architectural applications too.


Also a strong, durable product that is resistant to saltwater, and also sunlight. This makes it another highly popular type of rope within the marine industry. Alongside this, you’ll find it being used in the construction and agriculture sector.

Looking for more information on natural fibre rope slings?

As you can see, there are several types of rope. While newer synthetic rope has many benefits, there is still plenty of use for the natural type in the world today! If you would like more information on how this equipment can help you specifically, then you can get in touch with us here.



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Wire Rope Use in Garden Trellis Systems

If you’ve been following our blog, then you’ll know by now that wire rope is one of the most versatile and adaptable pieces of equipment on the market! It is used in dozens of applications across many industries around the world, and it seems that we always have a never ending stream of articles being published showing you yet another use for the equipment. Well, today, we do have another use to write about. This is how the equipment is used in garden trellis systems.

What are garden trellis systems?

A garden trellis, often just referred to as a trellis, is a type of architectural structure which is made from some kind of open framework. It is most commonly used in order to support the growing of climbing plants, and is a great way to display them in an aesthetically pleasing way too.

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An example of a trellis in a garden

They have become incredibly important and widely-used pieces of architecture, sometimes out of necessity, but sometimes just to add to the environment that they are placed within. Whether for simple home use, or for larger use in places like palace gardens, garden trellis systems are now a staple part of many gardens around the world.

Why is wire rope used?

A garden trellis system can be made from a variety of materials such as wood, plastics or, our personal favourite, rope constructed from metal wire! There are several reasons to use different materials. The first is aesthetic; what will fit in best into the surroundings and add the most value to what you are trying to achieve with your look.

Wire rope, although seemingly more industrial in nature given its metal construction, has grown in recent years as a popular aesthetic product. Wire rope balustrades, for example, are now widely used in home maintenance for structures such as decking. Not only are they safe, but they look great too.

But there are also other important considerations that you must think about too. Firstly, as the plant, vine, shrub or tree begins to grow up along the trellis, it will add extra weight to it. The trellis therefore needs to be strong and supportive. Our rope, being made of metal, is therefore one of the strongest options for those looking to create a garden trellis.

Alongside this, the trellis will most likely be outside, exposed to the elements. So, for this reason, it will need to be able to withstand all types of weather, be it sun, rain or even snow. Wire rope is great for this, as it is constructed and manufactured with resistance in mind.

Are you looking to purchase some equipment?

Are you interested in constructing your own garden trellis? Or perhaps you want to use the equipment for other forms of home maintenance, such as for garden decking? Or, maybe you work in an entirely different industry!

Regardless, we would be more than happy to help. To find out more about our wire rope, or our other range of products, please get in contact with us here.



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