This article answers the popular question: What are the different types of ratchet straps?
Ratchet straps are not a one-size fits all. There are many different types – including sizes, colors, hook styles, working load limits, price, and more. It is important to understand the different options you have so you can purchase a ratchet strap that is equipped to handle your needs.
Ratchet Strap sizing
Ratchet straps come in many different lengths and widths – with the most common sizes being 1’, 2”, and 4” wide straps. Long-haul truckers tend to use wider straps because they have a higher holding strength.
Knowing your trailer’s connection point will help you decide which type of ratchet strap hook type you need. A secure connection point and proper hook type are important for a safe and secure cargo load.
Flat hooks – Flat hooks are typically made of steel, and they’re black powder-coated or gold-chromate plated to prevent the steel from rusting and corroding. Flat hooks are compatible with flat anchor points.
J hooks (wire hooks) – J hook end fittings are compatible with D-rings, O-rings, and trailer sides.
Chain hooks (grab hooks) – These hooks are connected to a chain end-fitting that increases the ratchet strap’s working load weight limit. Chain hooks are compatible with almost all types of anchor points, making them a good option if you are unsure of the trailer’s connection points.
Ratchet Straps Working load limits (WLL)
When it comes down to how much weight a ratchet strap can hold, always refer to the instructions on the straps. The Working Load Limit (WLL) will be indicated on a tag on the side of the tie-down strap that provides you with the straps’ weight rating.
- 1” Ratchet Straps – Rated for 500 to 1,100 lbs WLL
- 2” Ratchet Straps – Rated for 915 to 3,335 lbs WLL
- 3” Ratchet Straps – Rated for 5,000 to 5,670 lbs WLL
- 4” Ratchet Straps – Rated for 5,400 to 5,670 lbs WLL
The difference between a high-quality strap versus a cheap ratchet strap can give you the most peace of mind that your cargo or tow load is safe and secure. You won’t have to worry about damage to your cargo, accidents, insurance claims, or the risk of other motorists getting hurt while going down the road.