Truck tie downs mean a lot different things to different people, we will focus on commercial truck tie downs in our discussion, specifically, we are going to talk about flat bed truck this time.
Since people put all kinds of stuff on the flat bed truck, just because they can or they have to, the needs for tie downs become complicated. We will look into different type of tie downs.
We will discuss truck tie down straps only.
Truck Winch and Winch Straps:
Some flat beds come with winches installed, not all flat beds have winches installed . When you have the winches installed, we can use winch straps to tie down loads on the flat bed, usually we tie down steel coils, concrete pipes, skids, anything that not too heavy for the 5400lbs working load limit. Winch straps usually come with flat hooks, because we usually hook the straps into the edge of the trailer, of course the wire hook(double J hook) can be used too. There are 2” and 4” truck winches and 2” and 4” winch straps, depends on applications, the strap length can be 20′, 25′, 27′, 30′, 35′, 40′ or more than 50′.
And there are ratchet straps:
Ratchet straps are most popular tie down straps because of their flexibility, you can use them almost anywhere when it’s applicable. The ending comes with quite some varieties, flat hooks, double J hooks(wire hooks), chain extensions(chain anchor), snap hooks, endless and more. And it’s width can be 1” to 4”, length can be a few feet to more than 50′. On commercial trucks ratchet tie downs are the best tie devices for truckers, those flat bed trucks without winches installed will look at ratchet straps seriously.
To acquire these tie down straps, you have the choice between local stores and online retailers, depends on different situation, get them locally sometimes more appropriate, sometimes online deals are much more attractive.