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What to Look For When Buying Ratchet Straps

What to Look For When Buying Ratchet Straps

If you’re in the market for ratchet straps and aren’t sure what to look for, we’re here to help. In this straightforward, easy-to-read guide, we’re going to list all of the major factors you should consider before buying.

Brand and supplier
First of all, it’s important to choose a supplier that you can trust. Ratchet straps have to be designed and manufactured to a high standard, after all - you don’t want to put the safety of yourself and others at risk by using inferior quality straps. Preferably, you should buy your straps directly from the manufacturer. That way, you know exactly where they’ve come from and what you’re getting. Plus, if there are any issues, you only have one point of contact to resolve them.

Safety certifications
Make sure the straps you buy comply with all of the required British and European safety standards. In the case of ratchet straps, EN 12195-2:2001 is the key piece of legislation. Your strap supplier should be able to provide you with a certificate of conformity to prove that their products meet this standard.

Lashing capacity
The higher the lashing capacity of a strap, the more weight it can safely handle. This figure is typically measured in daN, and is equivalent to half of the strap’s minimum break force in kg. So, double the lashing capacity and you’ll know how much weight your straps can hold.

Hook type
A variety of different hook types are available to suit your individual application. Make sure you read up on the different types or contact your supplier to determine which is most suitable for you.

Ratchet straps are available in a variety of different lengths - make sure you choose an option that suits the size of your load.

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