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How Long Do Ratchet Straps Last?

How Long Do Ratchet Straps Last?

Invested in some ratchet-straps for the first time and curious how long they’re expected to last? This is a question we often see asked, but it’s not as straightforward to answer as you might imagine.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at the factors that affect the longevity of a strap, how to maximise their lifespan and how to identify when they’re due for replacement. Let’s dive in!

It depends on how you use them…

Essentially, the lifespan of a ratchet strap is dictated by three factors: the quality of the strap, how you use it and how you store it.

Straps in frequent use that are being pushed to their limits in terms of load aren’t likely to last for as long as straps that only see use once or twice a month. Straps that are in daily use might only last six months, particularly if they’re being used to transport heavy loads on a regular basis.

On the other hand, if you use your straps a little more sparingly (think once or twice a month), you could expect them to last up to four years!

We’ll cover how to maximise their longevity in a bit, but the general rule of thumb is that the less you use them, the longer they’ll last.

How to know when they’re worn out

The most common signs of a worn out ratchet strap include:

  • Abrasions, cuts or holes in the straps
  • Broken, missing or frayed stitching
  • Worn or defective hardware, including a faulty or damaged ratchet handle

If you notice any of the above issues on a ratchet strap, don’t continue to use it. Any one of the aforementioned signs are an indication that the strap is due for replacement, and it’s not worth taking chances - you could put lives at risk.

How to keep your ratchet straps in good condition

There are a number of steps you can take to maintain your ratchet straps. We’ll cover these tips in more detail in a future blog, but, for now, here are a few pointers.

  • Store them in a dry area away from sunlight and ensure they’re dry before they’re placed into storage
  • Regularly lubricate the ratcheting mechanism
  • Remove the webbing before storing your straps

Order your ratchet straps online today

Looking for high-quality straps you can count on? Choose Taut Strap, one of the leading ratchet straps manufacturers, for maximum longevity and superior performance. Explore our heavy-duty, light-duty and endless ratchet straps today and place your order online.

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