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Re: dot florida regulations

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John in La

05-31-2014 19:02:51

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The short answer is YES nylon ratchet straps are approved for tie downs. You get 1000 lbs of tie down power for each inch of strap width.

The problem with straps are.....
You can not have knots so the strap end must have a approved hook.
Any cut (no matter the size) will weaken the strap so it is render no good.
Any corner the strap goes around must have corner protectors to prevent abrasion. A strap must lay flat (in width) the whole way so it needs to pull on a straight plane for the most part.

Straps are great for what they were made for. Holding pallets of bagged material on a trailer.

For heavy iron and pulling around corners get you some chain.

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Davis SC

05-31-2014 19:13:28

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 Re: dot florida regulations in reply to John in La, 05-31-2014 19:02:51  
Is it OK to put a twist in them so they do not sing in the wind?

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John in La

05-31-2014 19:38:47

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 Re: dot florida regulations in reply to Davis SC, 05-31-2014 19:13:28  
It is ok to put a twist in them so they do not sing in the wind but it is not ok to have them bunch up as they bend around a curve because you are not pulling in a straight line.

You see this many times as they go around a tire.
They hook one end to the tractor axle and the other end to the trailer side rail. Only problem is the tire is in the way so they pull around the tire bunching the strap.

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