How Strong are Twisted Ratchet Straps?

25. april. 2021
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I'm testing the myth that a twisted ratchet strap loses 50 percent of its load capacity by putting a twist in it. So I build a test rig to find out the truth. I test everything from 1 twist to 10 twists. I even test knots and water soaked straps. Exploding them produced some pretty shocking results!

  • That red vise at 3:00 is gorgeous! What is the make?

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    • @Coach Wilson Husky is making a reputation for themselves . i have some of their tools and bags

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    • @Tony Pie how loud they are in a temper tantrum ?

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    • Just wanted to add this method of mine to this pinned comment; Just use the tail end of the strap and tie it around the tensioned straps to help prevent them from vibrating in the wind. That is if you have enough length left after fastening down your loads. I might even make a video for everyone to see how I do it.

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    • Thanks 😊 for sharing your video and test. I have a lot of those straps also hauling hay and equipment from the farm .

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  • What? People in the comment section of the interwebs are talking out of their asses again? I cannot believe it.

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  • When people tried to say it was worse to have a twist... SLAPPED BY COMMON LOGIC ONCE AGAIN.

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  • Video starts 5:00

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  • How did you know where to focus the highspeed camera?

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  • That's a lot of damage......

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  • I can't understand why so many basement commandos would think it makes them weak. Have they never seen a semi truck with straps or one without the twist? The DOT wouldn't allow it if there was a problem and trust me DOT has a lot to say about securing loads and wiping butts. I guess it is possible the commandos are using their strap on a different type of load

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  • You said wet shirt no break, you should have said piss shirt bend bars. Hahaha

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  • If this person had ever talked to someone about the original reason for a twist, it might have had some different conclusions. I have fifty years experience, mostly on flatbeds. When I started we used steel cable for tie downs. Straps came out in the early 70s. They eventually found that straps that were not touching parts of the load would vibrate and wear against parts of the of the load. This would significantly weaken the strap. By adding one twist it would stop the vibration and wear of the strap.

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  • Nice custom rig man! Good job! Very interesting.

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  • Very cool video. Thank you!

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  • I'd be interested in how the twist will affect repeated use. Maybe bring it up to 3,500 kg like 15-30 times on each test type, then try the same test as this video?

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  • Those particular straps only rated to 5k

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  • Likely need multiple tests for each condition to make more clear conclusions but nice vid!

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  • As a truck driver I've always put 1 twist somewhere on the strap that isn't rubbing against whatever is being strapped down. Not because of the noise, but because the constant flapping and vibration can cause the straps to slide and become loose. A simple twist prevents it

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  • Hauling oilfield equipment you learn fast , a ratchet strap not twisted can cut itself off in very short order , and no strap has a lot less strength than a twisted strap. True story.

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  • I wasn’t sure about the twists but knew it would be significantly less strong with a knot!

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  • great video thanks

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  • Why don’t you do a video to see if it’s possible to remove a knot that’s been tied and tightened. I bet lot of people would like to see that

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  • Knot made it like tearing a telephone book. 1 strand/page at a time.

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  • Excellent video. Man you answered a lot of myths. And now I know what to watch out for when im towing something thanks

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  • Good call on testing and teaching us what knot to do.

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  • Enjoyed. Useful info about the exact type of straps that I use. Thanks!

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  • twist keeps it from vibrating n wind

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  • Would like to see this done using a flatbed strap winch instead of the ratchet Ratchet seems like the weak point..

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  • This info is gonna come in handy next time I need to drive my Mother-in-Law home.

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  • Anyone that has worked in long hauling knows that a twist or two doesn't come even close to diminishing the load capacity, but does wonders for reducing the vibrations and abrasion damage. Anyone that has done any climbing or arborist work knows that you NEVER knot a webbing unless it's a very particular knot with webbing designed for it. Hopefully seeing some numbers on a load cell will convince all the haters.

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  • As all the twisted straps broke at the same fail point ( the ratchet) id eliminate that as the source of failure. Also, correct testing procedure would be to perform multiple tests at each variable. For example test three straps with no twists and average together their results to get your baseline. Ideally I’d like to see 5 at each and then we could develop a standard deviation against which to compare results. It could be the first strap was weak and the second strong. But the takeaway here seems to be that a twist or two in your steps isn’t the thing to worry about. A knot must be avoided at all costs.

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  • Wow. Can't believe you didn't want to use a hand pump. Lol

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  • Thank you very much. I am retired now, but when we were working we used the same straps to hold steel down on a large trailer. I never put a twist into them but my son would , as you, put in a single twist. Either way, we never had a problem. I know.

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  • Look at the bright side. You managed to get the impossible knot out!

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  • Thank you for this video!

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  • I subscribed because of this video. Please do more strength test/myth busting videos they are informative and entertaining!

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  • What about a strap that is full of knots all over ?

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  • A little bit of project farm right here!

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  • Great video

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  • Cool 😎

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  • Not legal

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  • Try reusing the same strap just to see if it'll snap at the same lbs

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  • Dogma is a Disease

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  • It would have been better to have several ratchet straps per twist condition.

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  • Myth bustedddddd

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  • Just - placing my bet on what's going to happen before I get too far into the video: I'd assume a single twist or two (like to reduce vibration) would be fine. But! I would also imagine that it's important that the twist is only in the free space where the strap isn't pressed against a corner of an object, if the strap is folded over itself instead of having the full two inch width where it bends and puts pressure against an object, then that might create weak points. Edit after watching: Wow, those are some neat results! I wish you'd show having a twist right over where the load presses on the strap still just so I could have seen what that would do - since that'd be like someone not straightening out a strap when they throw it over something. I've seen that done before and worried about it. I also wonder at what pressure that "stress/heat" starts to occur at. In the 1-twist one where you show the stress running along the strap @7:34 , if that occurs before the 3000kg mark, it might mean the strap will still wear faster, and may fail after several uses, where as the no-twist strap didn't get those stress marks running along it (it seemed).

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  • Thanks. I use these regularly. Useful test and interesting results. I agree one twist a good idea to stop the oscillating, now I know it's not derating the equipment

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  • Very cool!

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  • Company I use to drive for required one twist, they said it added 5-10 percent more strength.

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  • you didn't find the sweet spot where it has both the maximum twists and load capacity.

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  • 4:37 sounds like an E

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  • My job has never been this fun :-(

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  • Do a chain and binder

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  • Thank you for some great testing. Can I get a key to shop...

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  • great video!!!

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  • Fuck, and I use 4 on my 3000lb race car, so I'm good 👍

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  • The one with no twist, 1 twist, and 4 twists could have easily been strength variation from manufacturing. It would be a good idea to test several straps at each level and then take the average.

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  • As a student of physical engineering as soon as I read those comments I could smell the bullshit.

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  • Very interesting, thanks.

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  • It is stronger if it is over 75 degrees

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  • English trucker (who will now add 1 twist) just subbed for the no bullshit testing 👍

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  • Myth Busted.

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  • Thanks for this 👍

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  • What about a twist at contact point. Seems like the failure point is where ever the strap can't uniformly stretch

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  • Brilliant video actually make. The Australian police apparently fine commercial vehicles $50 per twist in their straps as they seem to believe the 50% myth.

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  • I'm curious to see what the strap looks like when testing nylon straps instead of those polypropylene straps

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  • I've never needed those ratchet straps. I just use duct tape.

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  • 1 twist per side would reduce harmonic wear and not significantly reduce the strength.

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  • Should’ve done a wet one twist to see how well better of the two compared!

  • To all the people who bitched about the twisted strap, STFU.

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  • I'm really surprised at this test. I use a lot of ratchet straps, and always thought the weak point would be the metal bar that engages the ratchet wheel. Not a single failure was there, that part is obviously stronger than I thought. I use the 1 inch straps up to the 4 inch trucker tie downs, and never twist them. I mostly tie down cars and motorcycles and never over load them. I now have greater faith in these straps. This was very interesting, thanks for the post and keep up the good work.

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  • The twist crease makes me wonder if it'll reduce the life of your straps faster, though if it's vibrating less it would probably even out with the flat star's wear.

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  • 🙄

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  • If the straps working load was 10k does that mean you get your money back for them all since they broke at 9600 or less 🤔

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  • Put a few more wraps on spool and test

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  • Think I'll still stick to my chains and binders.

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  • Move your oxy acetylene setup next time 😉

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  • That was exelent. Demo. And i guess ther is something to climbers sayin not to put knots in climbing ropes too. Its good info to know. Thanks very much for all that work

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  • These twists were all symmetrical. One side they are clockwise, the other side, CCW. What about twisting the entire strap one or two twists and then putting it on the jack?

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  • Cool, awsome this is my dream job when I retire from arena rigging!!!! I want to break rigging gear for a living! And see if the gear lives up to their name!!! And give reviews.

  • You show them

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  • One of the best examples of testing I've seen! Very well done indeed! Thank you for sharing this interesting video!

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  • Very useful,,,,but please next time protect your testing equipment too. Honestly I thought the ratchets themselves would give out first. Very successful experiment. You should work at one of the destructive testing facilities. I think you missed your calling. Be safe.

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  • You should have did one without the ratchet strap since that's where it was breaking and just tied a good fishing knot or something on the other side or just get a strap that has two hooks on each side

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  • Wet strap with twists?

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  • Awesome how you put all the keyboard warriors in their place! Lol. Everyone is an expert because they saw it online somewhere!!! Hahaha

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  • Good job answers all my questions thanks

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  • None of the straps hit the rated 10,000 lbs breaking strength

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  • You reduce the strength of a rope by 50% when it has a knot in it. Someone obviously half heard this somewhere then just jumped into this guys comments to tell him about his twist in the strap reducing it's strengthby 50%. LoL

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  • Hey moojoos you said he was a moron for using twisted straps. WHO looks like the moron now? Oh wait a minute...that be you! lol

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  • should have done 2 and 3 twists to see where the capacity actually goes down

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  • Starts in 5:00 Results 13:10

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  • When I was in the Navy they had something called synthetic line sap back.When the lines with snap, the chronograph the velocity of them at about 750 ft./s, which is as fast as 45 ACP ball ammo. Synthetic lines or tow straps are no joke.

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  • It would have been interesting to see multiple straps being used so the concentration would not have been just on one strap.

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  • Factual substance trumps opinion every time ! Very helpful, thank you.

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  • Amazing tools.

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  • Who the hell are the 2k downvotes from?

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  • Thanks and well done. Nothing like my own lying eyes and ears to convince me!

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  • A former navy buddy tolld me that the nylon ropes they used would smoke a the stress neared the breaking point. He said that if a mooring or tow rope began smoking everyone dove for cover.

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  • A few others already said this but the fucking algorithm nailed this recommendation. Great experiment with useful information from conclusions. Subscribed!

  • Did I just discover another NOtown Genius? =D

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  • Well, it looks like 2.1K people didn't like seeing the truth. They will probably still believe the myth about losing strength. Thanks for doing this experiment.

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  • A test to prove a foregone conclusion. Whatever NOtown commenters say? The opposite is always true.

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