Cheap 1" Nylon Tie Downs

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  1. Jerry Lee W.

    Jerry Lee W. New Member

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    I just about put an eye out today trying to secure a load with cheap nylon tie downs. The spring broke right through the pot metal as I was cinching it down. Thank God I had glasses on!

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    I would strongly suggest going to a local heavy truck shop (Peterbilt, Kenworth, Freightliner, etc) and buying 5" ratcheting cargo straps if you regularly haul any kind of loads. Better to have way more load securement capacity than not enough.
     
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    I only use ratchet straps myself. I never trusted the button straps.

    edit: Glad you are ok.
     
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    Me too, I never use the cam lock straps any more.
     
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    I have used nothing but the cam lock straps. whenever I use them though I use 2 per side. 1 as a backup. The webbing seems way too thin for my liking.

    I had one break a few years ago and almost caused an accident from the load falling off the trailer(scrap steel). After that I have always doubled up.
     
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    Yeah those I will only use for something small to stabilize inside my bed.
    I picked up a nice set of Strap On's @ Costco for $20.

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    I have never used those. The cheaper ratchet straps are not much better though, the failure rate on those seems pretty high. If I had a trailer I would likely invest in a good set. As it is I can generally get by with ropes using a truckers hitch to secure anything hanging out of my suburban or a pickup truck. I would trust a rope with a truckers hitch way before I would trust a button strap.
     
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    Look behind you!
    I haul stuff all the time in everything from my half ton on up and I strongly agree with this post!!
     
  9. Jerry Lee W.

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    I am going to take your advice.

    Thanks! I just wanted to make sure if anybody else has this type of tie down that they use eye protection. I never thought I could be hurt by a tie down, I'm lucky I had my glasses on. Those little chunks of metal peppered my face.
     
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    There's a Costco not too far from us, I'll check to see what they have. I'm definitely tossing my bargain tie downs out today, not worth the risk.
     

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