Heavy loads that exceed the capacity of nylon ratchet straps require a tie down method capable of keeping loads tight without worry about cutting or snapping the tie down material. Chains hold heavy loads and withstand abrasions from sharp loads. To tighten a tie down chain you need to use ratchet binders. Ratchet binders have a hook on either side with a handle sitting in between the hooks. Cranking the ratchet handle pulls the hooks together, tightening the chain and securing the load.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Tie down chain
Hook one end of a tie down chain to the side of a trailer. Pull the chain over or through the load you need to secure. Hook the other end of the chain to the other side of the trailer.
Pull the slack of the chain to an area accessible from ground level.
Slide one hook of the ratchet binder to a link of the tie down chain. Pull the slack in the chain to form a U. Slide the second ratchet binder hook to the last link of the chain past the U in the chain.
Flip the direction switch of the ratchet binder to "Tighten." Pull the handle towards you until you hear a click. Push the handle away from you and repeat the process. Continue pumping the handle until the tie down chain pulls the chain tight.
Flip the direction switch to "Loosen." Push the handle away from you to loosen the ratchet binder.
Tips and warnings
- Do not use a cheater pipe on the handle of a ratchet binder.
- Keep your body clear of the ratchet binder when tightening the tie down chain.
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