rtgt; when I hauled or should I say pulled a flat bed around for 4 yrs, I used ratchet binders, no snap binders for me, this was my own equipment, I never had anything fall off my trailer, never had a claim(damage to the freight) in the 4 yrs. this was in the mid 1990's and just about everybody back then had went to the ratchet binders because of snap binders. now what I would of really liked to of had if could of had then; 1-- a new 48ft aluminan spread axle trailer with a sliding strap winch track under both sides of trailer. and with that u used a piece of pipe or should I say a solid bar with a bent hook at end to tighten the straps down. these tracks was just getting started to tying down round pipe back then. watching u-tube these have come a long way since then. and also I stopped every couple hrs and crawled up in side and checked my binders to make sure they was tight yet. with the ratch binders and using rubber chain protectors I could not hardly gain a 1/4 turn, and that's mainly why every body went with them. less dangerous to the user and held better. so not every body used a cheater pipe pulling a flatbed. now where u probably will see snap binders in use is hauling timber, u have a wide open area to pull binder down to snap it with a cheater pipe and ur wood will give some. every body is required to stop every 3hrs or used to be 150 miles to double check ur load. to see id anything has come loose. I have had dot guys crawl up in my trailer to double check what was on my log book even back then. and I think a lot of it depends on how u drive too. just wanted to add, in 1985 when coal mines shut down, is the first time I hauled flatbed and no side kit. I had to use snap binders then and hated them, to try and tie down steel coils. so when I got my own, I went with ratchet binders, still have them in shed yet. big jimNow, as you drive down the interstate, realize that every tractor trailer that you see with a chained down load.....
USED A CHEATER BAR!
Drive safe. :lol:
rtgt; never hauled cars; don't think I could of got out of the little bit of space between door and trailer frame work, and I never was a fan of high places. now they say these newer car haulers aren't nothing like the old ones. don't matter now, them days are over . I also pulled dry vans but never ran the reefer ones, one experience with a load of watermelons over the 4 of july that was to come to my area and then got resold while on my trailer to a dock in kanas city mo. left a very bad taste for sure. this was told to me after I waited to load in field for 2 days in Georgia. I should of just told them to unload them in the field but I tried to make the best of a bad deal, u never know what each day is going to bring. should of bought the workers 2 6packs of beer, and won't do it. ginixed myself.As an Owner/Operator you get to make the choice. You made a good choice.
A company driver gets to use what the boss provides. I hauled primarily hauled equipment, and the boss (Uncle Sam :usa) gave me binders.
As a civilian driver I mostly drug around dry vans or refers. Dad was an OO, however he ran for Tull Steel for many years. He didn't want anything more to do with flatbeds. :lol: but then he went and got into car hauling. :banghead: Good money, but a lot of work.
In my state attachments must ALSO be secured. A loader bucket would be considered an attachmentWhen I hauled the tractor home from SD, all I had were the cam binders because I was renting them with the trailer. There was no way to get those things anything close to tight enough without the pipe. They also tried sending me down the road with the two chains on the trailer. No way to lash it down good with how those were set up, and as it turned out, I needed the extra chains just to keep my bucket from getting loose.
I've been using 2" and 3" nylon ratchet straps for hauling machinery (up to 5Klbs) for the past few years and the goal has always been to prevent movement at all. Block the base of the machine to the trailer deck to keep it from sliding (why decks should be wood and need replacing every once in a while - you screw the blocking into it), then keep the top of it from coming over or bouncing when you hit the bad pavement.
I've always matched or exceeded the load with the rating of the straps though. I use 2 1Klb straps and a safety chain just hauling my 800# atv. Safety chain is probably plenty, but I don't like seeing it hopping around back there on rough pavement.