Truck tie down means a lot different stuff to different people, we will focus on big rig tie downs in our discussion, specifically, we are going to talk about flat bed truck this time.
People can and will put all kinds of different loads on their flat beds, or they have no choice some times, they will need all kinds of different tie downs to get the job done .
Talking about flat bed trucks, quite some of the flat beds come with winches installed, or you can install by yourself at a later time, then you can use winch strap to do the job .
Portable winch and winch strap are most popular tie down devices for flat beds .
Some flat beds 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 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, since we usually hook the straps on the edge of the trailer , of course the wire hook can be used too. We can find 2” and 4” truck winches and 2” and 4” winch straps , depends on different situation , the length of strap can be 20′, 25′, 27′, 30′, 35′, 40′ or more than 50′ .
Of course we just can’t leave out the most used tie down device, ratchet strap .
Ratchet tie down is most popular tie down equipment because of their flexibility , you can put them almost anywhere when it’s applicable. The ending comes with quite some varieties, flat hooks, wire hooks , chain anchor , snap hooks, endless and more. And it’s width can be 1” through 4”, length can be a few inches to more than 50′ . On big rigs ratchet tie downs are the best tie down devices for shippers , those trailers without winches installed will look at ratchet straps seriously .
Before you go out or go online to get these tie down straps, you will have to know how to get most out of them with less spending, first thing to consider is the quality of the straps, maybe you know the local store stuff quality, but for online stores you need to find out by read other people’s the reviews, trucking blogs, customer feed backs, or some other venues to determine if the products and service are good or not.