Video Made to Answer Tie Downs Common FAQ's
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Load safety - the lowdown on tie downs
Securing a load is a very serious responsibility. And a big part of getting it right is your tie downs.
Losing a load (or part of it) can damage property, reputations, vehicles, and people. Nobody wants to be that person.
Help keep everyone safer. Read more below on the questions the TransQuip team get asked most often. Or check out Mark's handy video for the lowdown on tie downs.
How do I know which tie down to buy?
Always look for quality. It'll last longer and it's more effective, saving you money in the long run.
What do I check for?
Check the thickness of the tongues on the ratchet, and the thickness of the webbing of the tie-down lashing - both are key to performance and durability.
Be careful to check whether the load tie down you're looking at has a wear sleeve. These protective sleeves are one of the best investments you can make if you want to extend the life of your tie down straps.
Also look at the thickness and manufacturing of the hook and keeper or "S" hook.
And don't forget to check the rating.
TIP: At TransQuip, wear sleeves for tie downs are also available separately.
What kind of hooks are available?
In New Zealand, the option most commonly used is the hook and keeper. The keeper holds the hook in place and stops it slipping off the rail once you've hooked it on.
There's also the simple "S" hook. The issue with these is they can come off again, while you're around the other side of the load securing the tie down lashing there. That can waste a bit of time, and be frustrating.
Do they have different ratings?
Yes. Tie down straps are available rated from 250kgs up to 5 tonne. 2.5 tonne is the most commonly used in New Zealand. (You'll find a rating on the tie down.)
It's important to match the tie down to the job. One size definitely does not fit all. Always ensure the tiedown is rated to hold more than the load you are securing.
The difference in the rating is the webbing width. And, the higher rating tie downs also have heavier webbing than the lower rating straps.
Taking care of your tie downs
The effectiveness and safety of tie downs is all about their condition and fitness for purpose.
Rules of thumb: Check them before you use them. Every time.
Keep them dry when storing.
Keep them tidy. It'll save unnecessary wear, save you time, and make you more popular with your workmates!
TIP: A tie down strap winder saves heaps of time and keeps things tidy.
When in doubt...
If you find serious defects, don't stick the tie down back in the truck or shed. If it's not up to scratch, get rid of it so you (or others) won't be tempted to use it. Never leave any damaged equipment laying around to be used again. The next time it may be used, could be someone's last.
When in doubt, throw it out!
Toss your tie downs if you find:
• Burns or other signs of heat damage
• Cuts, tears, or holes
• Torn or broken stitching
• Significant abrasion
A great way to find out all the ins and outs is to check the truck loading code on NZTA Website
TransQuip's tie downs and accessories are quick and easy to order online.
Or just give one of our helpful team a call to discuss your needs.