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    Lever Chain Binders vs Ratchet Chain Binders

    Right now I have a couple of really old chain binders, probably mid 60's and rusted out. Haven't used them much, so I haven't needed to worry about them. Hauling heavier loads more often I'd like something a little safer. I have the 'lever' style right now, and I like the simplicity, but the ratchet style seems interesting to me as well. Anyone with experience with both or either? I think I'm leaning toward the standard lever because that's what I know, but for only a $2 difference I'd really prefer which is the better binder.

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    Lever Binder 3/8'' x 1/2'' [CB145] l US Cargo Control

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    Ratchet Chain Binders 3/8'' x 1/2'' LIMITED TIME SALE
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    With my limited use, I can tell you that the ratchet ones are sweet. We threw out all of our lever ones and went to ratchets. We used to wire the lever ones closed. We do not have to do anything now, just load up and tighten them down.

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    The lever style can cause serious injury if it slips when using a cheater pipe. Although the ratchet style is a little slower, they get my vote.


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    I have the ratchets as well, Not as convenient-but I feel better about them.
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    I have years of expierance with both, personaly I like the lever style mainly because that is what I was taught with, they are faster to work with. However they can be a pita sometimes coming loose and as DS said you can get hurt real bad if you slip up. I have used the ratchet style also, once you get use to them they are nice and the do not loosen up as bad a the lever type. If you go with the ratchet style always keep a can of WD40 with you, the one time you don't, the binder will decide to freeze up on you
    I have also herd some rumors that the DOT is trying to ban the lever type binders I don't know if that is true or not. You will need 4 binders and 4 chains to be leagal hauling your 110 and I don't know about the DOT## everyone is talking about, but I'm sure if you need them, MSP will be happy to let you know! Looks like a nice trailer, good luck.
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    Well I guess binder it is!

    has, why do you need 4 chains and binders? Seems like overkill to me. When I hauled it the first time I had a chain in the front and back and worked quite well. If I really needed 4 then I would be able to get the lower strength chain/binders correct? The reason I was looking at the 6600's was so that I had plenty of capacity for legal reasons, at 13,200 lbs between the two it would be more than the capacity of the trailer anyway, so I figured it would be fine and legal to haul it that way. You would know better than I though, if it takes 4, then that's the way it is I guess. Thanks again!
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    You are supposed to have a separate chain at each corner, and also one across the bucket(s) as well. Most likely you wont have a problem since you are not hauling commercially. Oh, and skip the WD40 and get some Fluid Film.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    You are supposed to have a separate chain at each corner, and also one across the bucket(s) as well. Most likely you wont have a problem since you are not hauling commercially. Oh, and skip the WD40 and get some Fluid Film.
    Ditto on what kenny said, one at each corner. the one on the buckets is ??? I think it depends on the cop, I have never had a problem, but thats me, you do it how you feel best. As far as the WD40 or Fluid Film, have something. When the reatchets get wet and dirty, they freeze in the winter and rust or bind up in the summer and the spray will save you alot of time & cussing if you know what I mean.
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    Pennsylvania DOT requires, for machines over 10,000 pounds, a chain at each corner and a chain on each bucket. Buckets, by the way, require steel and not a strap.

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    Thanks for the info;

    So would you look at a lower capacity chain then? Looking at the next cheaper one (4,700lb rating) it will be about $30 more to strap it at the 4 corners vs 1 in the front and back. If I did the same 6,600lb rating it would be more like $65 more. Still not sure what I'll do...
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