Ratchet Straps by Vault Cargo Management
Every person, machine, and company has that one thing that really set them apart & allowed them to get their start. For Vault Cargo Management, that thing happened to be these ratchet straps. With a 15′ length & a 1,500 pound break strength, these ratchet straps are the perfect fit for that medium to light duty job you’ve got lined up this weekend. Featuring our rubber-coated S-Hooks that are specially designed to fit around the 1″ tubing used on many trailers, these ratchet straps have been both well designed & well made with our customers in mind. We’ve included an ergonomic rubberized handle to save your hands for the real work, and when these suckers are paired with our soft loop tie downs there’s simply no way your cargo is going anywhere, giving you ultimate peace of mind. We dare you to go ahead and look on Amazon. At over 1,100 reviews & a 4.8 star rating, no one else comes even close to us. While there have been many other companies that have attempted to copy what we’ve managed to accomplish, there’s simply no questioning why our customers have stuck with us. They’ve come to appreciate the quality & the customer service that they’ve come to expect from Vault Cargo Management, and no Chinese company is going to come even close to that.
Featuring a free carry bag!
We’ve also recently started including a free carry bag for storing your straps. This way they don’t end up scattered all over the back of your truck bed or in a tangled mess that takes forever to get undone or worst of all, lost with not enough locking ratchet straps. These ratchet straps will be right where you need them when the time comes!
RATCHET STRAPS 101
In an effort to help you determine the type of tie down straps for your next trip, we thought it would be helpful to give a little Ratchet Straps 101 guide. We’ll talk through each particular component of the ratchet strap, and dive into what the primary purpose of that part is.
DIFFERENT NAMES FOR RATCHET STRAPS
You’ve likely heard about 30 different names for cargo straps & wondered how there could possibly be that many different styles. While there are quite a few different styles of ratchet straps, the reality is people are probably referring to the same thing with different names. Here is a list of names that are commonly used when people are talking about ratchet straps:
Tie Down Strap
Ratcheting Tie Down Straps
Tie Down Straps
Ratchet Tie Down
After rattling all those names off, it is definitely easy to see how someone might get confused when they are talking about ratchet straps! While the names may differ quite a bit, the general product is typically always the same.
ANATOMY OF RATCHET STRAPS
We’ll now break down the different components to your cargo straps to help give you an idea of what role each of them plays in keeping your cargo secure. Some companies try to make their tie-down straps seem overly complicated & fancy, but in reality they pretty much all work the same way.
THE WEBBING OF A TIE DOWN STRAP
As one of the 3 most recognizable components of ratchet straps, the webbing is obviously a primary component to how your ratchet straps function. This is the strap material that is holding everything together. Common materials for the webbing of ratchet straps include:
Polyester webbing is what you’re likely looking at in about 99.9% of the 1″ ratchet straps online & at your hardware store. Providing a great strength to cost ratio & holding up well against the elements, it provides a safe & sturdy solution to tie down your cargo. Vault Cargo Management uses a proprietary, industrial strength polyester for all of our ratchet straps!
Nylon is a less popular material to use in tie down straps simply because it is expensive compared to what people are willing to pay. While there are nylon cargo straps out there, any company claiming to be selling nylon ratchet straps under $30 is either losing A LOT of money or flat-out lying to you.
SEAT BELT WEBBING
Using seat belt webbing for ratchet straps is quite rare. While the strength of it is incredible, it has a couple things holding it back. The first is cost, coming in at a pretty insane price for ratchet straps. The second is that it is so slick and slippery that the ratchet straps end up slipping loose.
Tie Down Strap Hooks
Another one of the major components of a tie down strap, the hook is vital to safely get your cargo to your destination. There are numerous options for hooks, and they aren’t to be taken lightly by any means. A few options for hooks on cargo straps are:
This is the most common hook type for ratcheting tie down straps that you will find in a local hardware store or on sites like Amazon. The S-Hook is the most universal hook out of all the designs and is meant to hook into different anchor points in the back of the truck. Worth noting is that the slightly more open hook design that Vault Cargo Management uses allows for hooking onto 1″ square tube trailer rails.
Flat hooks are quite common as well, but they are used far more extensively in commercial applications than for the “average Joe”. You’ll commonly see flat hooks being used for hauling cargo on flatbed trailers with heavy-duty ratchet straps. Finding a flat hook being used on a 1″ ratchet strap is quite rare, as the load being hauled typically requires a 2″ or 3″ cargo strap.
Much like flat hooks, wire hooks are typically used for heavy duty cargo hauling. While the name might make the hooks sound somewhat flimsy, they are anything but. These hooks can come in a variety of configurations but are essentially 3/8″ round steel tube formed in ways to create hooks. Our 4 pack of heavy duty ratchet straps use the double J hook configuration, which is by far the most popular style.
The Ratcheting Mechanism
Obviously one of the more important parts of these ratcheting straps, the ratchet itself is what actually holds the webbing tight on your cargo. For each different width of strap there is going to be a different ratcheting mechanism. The ratchet itself make look complicated, but the concept is quite simple. It basically rolls the webbing around a spool, and when enough webbing is wrapped up in the spool (typically only one revolution of the spool is needed) the strap can no longer loosen. The spool is then locked into place so it can’t spin freely anymore, and is unlocked when you want to release the webbing & free your cargo. If you’d like to know exactly how to assemble a ratchet strap you can view our video above, or you can check out our guide on how to use ratchet straps.
Caring For Your Tie Downs
You hear about people all the time complaining about different products and how they rust or how they’re “junk” after just a few months. While we don’t argue that for some products that may be true, the reality is if you want something to last you need to take care of it. Think about it. If that $50,000 truck sitting in your driveway will rust if it isn’t properly cared for, wouldn’t you expect a $20 set of ratchet straps to do the same? That’s why we think it’s important to teach our customers how to store ratchet straps. If we don’t let you know what you should (and shouldn’t) do to make sure your ratchet straps last a long time, we simply wouldn’t be doing our jobs!
Storing Your Ratchet Straps
One major bonus to buying Vault Cargo Management’s ratchet straps is that they come with a free carry bag. Not only does this keep the back of your truck considerably more organized, but it also helps protect the straps themselves from rust and other damaging weathering.The carry bag included is breathable so in order to release moisture, and fits a pack of 4 ratchet straps quite nicely. Speaking of moisture…
Make Sure Your Cargo Straps Are Dry
The biggest cause of rust & corrosion on ratcheting straps is obviously moisture, but there is a bit more to it than that. In order for anything to rust, it really needs two things: moisture & time. Let’s face it, ratchet straps are going to get wet from time to time. Up here in Northern Wisconsin we’ve got all sorts of moisture on the roads from rain, snow, & ice. There isn’t much you can do about the initial moisture, but you can take that 2nd ingredient (time) away to help prevent rust & corrosion. Before putting your tie down straps in their carry bag, lay them out to dry a bit. We aren’t saying you need to whip out a blow-dryer & spend a half hour drying them off, but laying them out in a place where they can dry off will go a long ways to making sure they last a long time. The same can be said for the webbing of your straps. While the webbing isn’t going to corrode or rust by any means, it can get moldy & ultimately weaken if it isn’t cared for properly. Just like the ratcheting mechanisms, lay the webbing portion of the straps out to dry before storing them.
Don’t Run Webbing Over Sharp Edges
A common misconception is that the webbing of ratchet straps are immune to cuts cause from sharp edges on cargo. To protect from cuts & frays weakening your tie down straps you should always use some sort of protection over sharp edges.
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