Truck tie down is about quite some different things to different people, we will talk about trailer tie down in this article, more precisely, we will talk about flat beds only, probably you’ve already seen them on the highway or truck stop.
When the jobs come your way, odds are you are not going to decide what kind of stuff will be put on your truck, the only thing you can do is to prepare for all the options , it’s almost always not for you to decide what load will be on your vehicle . When it comes to flatbed truck , the first thing comes up will be the truck winches, you can see those flatbeds with truck winches at one side on the highway all the time, with those winches it’s easy for the driver to tie down loads with just winch straps with the help of winch bar .
Usually portable winch and winch strap are most popular tie down devices for flat beds . When you work with truck winches and winch straps, there is one thing you can’t live without: winch bars, these steel bars are definitely needed for your job, so get one if you don’t already have one.
Some trailers come with winches installed, not all trailers have winches installed. When the flat bed have the winches installed, we can use winch tie down straps to tie down articles on the trailer , usually we tie down steel coils, concrete pipes, skids, anything that not too heavy for the the straps’ working load limit. Winch straps usually come with flat hooks, because we usually hook the straps on the edge of the trailer, of course the double J hook can be used too. For most flatbeds there are 2” and 4” truck winches , but winch straps have width of 2”, 3” and 4”, it’s obvious you can put 3” winch straps in 4” winches, when we look at the length of the winch strap, the range is pretty wide for regular use, from around 20 feet to more than 60 feet, 27′ and 30′ being the most common length available.
OK, now let’s look at ratchet straps which are the most popular tie down devices for all kinds of trucks or hauling businesses. Usually the ratchet straps are assemblies of ratchet buckles and nylon or polyester webbing tie down strap, there are fixed end straps with ratchet buckles and loose end straps.
Ratchet straps are most selected tie down devices due to their capability , you can put them almost anywhere when it’s applicable. The ratchet straps may have flat hooks, double J hooks, chain anchors, cloth loops or just plain straps at both ends, probably some special made ratchets have some other funny ends, say, D ring? And it’s width can be 1” through 4”, length can be a few inches to more than 50 feet . The reason we say that ratchet straps are most popular tie down devices for most trucks can be found in this paragraph, even for flatbeds which use winch straps extensively may find ratchet straps attractive if there are no winches installed on the truck.
To buy these tie down straps, you have the choice between local stores and online stores . Depends on your available options , sometimes get them locally is more appropriate , sometimes online deals are much better. To help you make decision you need accurate and non altered information on the vendors, you can check out online forums, blogs and opinion sites to figure all of these out before you go all in.