Frequently Asked Questions About Cargo Straps

We stock several ratchet and cargo straps here at Rope Services Direct, so it’s more than understandable if you have a few questions relating to them! Please read on below for our detailed FAQs section on this useful piece of lifting equipment.

What are cargo straps?

The clue is in the name with this one! Generally, this equipment is used to tie down cargo securely and safely. While they enjoy heavy usage in something like the transport sector where millions of pieces of cargo are moved every day, they can also be used for personal use. For example, they can be used for something such as for tying something down to the roof of a car.

Some of the equipment that we manufacture

There are different types and styles of cargo straps, you can find more on each of these below.

What are cambuckles?

These are tie down straps that have a cam buckle as their point of securing. Think of buckles as being similar in nature to something like the belt buckle you may find on the seatbelts on airplanes!

What are ratchet straps and tie down straps?

Similar to cambuckles, these are tie down straps which feature a ratchet strap as their point of securing. These ratchet straps can come in a variety of styles, including chassis hooks, delta links, rave hooks and twisted safety hooks.

What are ratchet load binders?

Sometimes referred to as ratchet dogs, these are used to secure larger loads that have a heavier weight than other loads. They fit to chains which you may find attached to the back of something like a lorry, and can then be secured to a load.

What are chains and hooks for load binders?

This product features a chain with hooks attached at either end. The chains can come in a range of sizes, and the hooks in a range of styles.

Can you tell us more about rope?

Rope also falls under the category of cargo straps, and is great for lashing applications. They can be utilised with steel hooks or other fittings for added ease with securing loads.

What sizes do they come in?

All of our cargo straps come in a range of sizes. Perhaps the most important point to note is that using our onsite facilities, we can tailor make this product to fit your specifications. Refer to our contact details at the bottom of this page for more information!

What material are they made from?

Our tie down straps are manufactured from polyester yarns, and we have chosen this material for the numerous benefits that is provides its users. You will find that polyester has a good level of water, UV and chemical resistance, as well as having low-stretch properties and a good level of durability.

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This equipment finds particular heavy use for the transporting of goods

It is also resistant to chemicals, oils, mildew and mould, and no strength will be lost when wet. This is important, as often many loads will be tied down in open-air trucks or to the top of vehicles, meaning that these straps may be exposed to external elements regularly.

Our other items are made from different materials, and will change depending on the piece. Our hooks, for example, are constructed from steel.

What are the laws regarding cargo straps?

Cargo straps, being a piece of lifting equipment, are subject to the same rules and regulations as other lifting gear. To ensure that you have the right knowledge and information on this, we would recommend referring to the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER).

However, cargo straps are also subject to additional rules as well that relate specifically to the securing of loads. You can read more on this here; Load securing; vehicle operator guidance.

Our cargo straps have produced in accordance with the necessary quality regulations, which are DIN 60060 and pr-EN 12195/2.

Do you have more questions?

If you still have more questions about cargo or ratchet straps that you can’t see listed above, or perhaps you have a question about another one of our products, we’re available to help! Please get in contact with us here.

You can also see a visual demonstration of us manufacturing our cargo straps here.


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