Rated 3.3 out of 5 by 21
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by abehil Nice inexpensive cargo straps
I have used these straps for 5 years. I've used them to tie down in rental trailers lots of times. They work well and I have not had and failures.
There always seems to be enough time between uses that I forget how to feed the strap in so that it will release correctly. So I took these pictures in case they will help anyone with the same problem.
If the strap is fed in the correct way then they will release very simply. If the strap is fed into the spool in the wrong direction, then the spool will get stuck when you try to release and that's no fun at all.
Again, look at the pictures.
May 20, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JohnL Tie Downs
The tie downs are well constructed and worked perfectly for my purpose.
March 10, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Chris Poorly designed - worthless
I agree with another reviewer (whose review was ignorantly voted down by other consumers). The ratchet mechanism is not large enough to accommodate the length of the strap. If you are securing smaller loads, the strap wrapped around the spool prevents the ratcheting mechanism to lock, thus you cannot tighten the strap down and your load is not secure. Don't waste your money on these.
May 14, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jones Easy, Simple, and Cheap
4 tie downs for $14.00? This is a great deal. They are super easy to use. Run the strap through the spool, pull it all the way till it is tight, THEN start ratcheting. That's it. Those who give it a poor score because they can't use them because the strap interferes with the ratchet teeth or because of a lack of instructions, must have absolutely zero experience with tie downs. They all essentially work the same as these and are SUPER easy to use once you figure it out. Takes literally 5 seconds to secure one. If it is taking longer than 5 seconds, YOU are doing something wrong, it's not the tie down.
Generally, tie downs are used to secure a load while transporting something, not generally used out doors exposed to UV light for weeks at a time. If this is your use, then buy some better quality expensive ones for professional use, like truckers have. For the average intended use, these work great. People want a Ferrari for a Chevy price.
June 19, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Cerulo Value-Type Product that Works Well
IMPORTANT: Reviews giving this product a poor rating due to an inability to spool-up all of the belt slack are by consumers using the product in a way it was not intended to be used. As far as I'm concerned, those reviews mentioning that are thoroughly invalid. Ratchet straps like these are NOT intended to have all of the slack wrapped up on the spool - the line is to be pulled tight BEFORE ratcheting to tighten the strap. Extra belt/ribbon is always going to be trailing out of the ratchet - it is the consumer's responsibility to then tie-up or otherwise secure this slack.
On to my review!
I bought this item to tie a queen mattress and box spring to the roof of an SUV for a 100-mile trip, and they did the job handily. The vinyl-coated hooks were a nice touch to help protect the glass and finish of the vehicle, since I had to string two and a half of these together to span the length of the SUV and still anchor them underneath to the frame. The ratchet area is covered in a fair amount of soft rubber and plastic that also helps prevent damage, but not coated in a sloppy fashion or anything. The mechanism is all metal; no worries there.
One belt was defective due to a missed quality control check at the factory. Like any good consumer, ALWAYS inspect critical safety and security products such as these for flaws or defects before putting to use. I'm glad I did - I brought the bad piece back to the store, swapped it out, and was on my way.
These are not intended to be the highest quality item in the world. My guess is that they're good for only a handful of uses before they wear out, but for this price, that's fine. The packaging will even state that the nature of the product is that it is a CONSUMABLE good, meaning it WILL wear out over time. That is to be expected.
For what I used them for, these are a great value for the money. I'd easily recommend them to others and buy them again myself.
Note About the Missing Star: I never give anything a perfect score. It has to be mightily impressive to earn a perfect score, and nothing ever does that. The stitching on the belts seems a bit light, and the fact that I received one that missed QC and had to be exchanged fully prevents me from issuing this item a perfect score.
September 30, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by RednexToyz For those who know how to use them
I have experience with tie down straps. If you know how to use them, they work just fine. A ratchet strap is not meant to have all the strap material wound around the unit. That is not how they work. My only complaint with these is the UV resistance of the material. I have a set installed on a small trailer and it has been in the sun for the past 3 weeks. Both straps are already VERY faded in the areas exposed. This may weaken the strap a small amount but these are lite duty straps to begin with. I like the function & use of these but the longevity is not best suited for areas where they are exposed to UV/sunlight for extended periods of time.
No recommendation from me UNLESS you remove from the direct sunlight after use.
No instructions included. I guess they assume people know how to use. I found these to be grossly over packaged.
May 23, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DamanIsHere nice buy
Cheap buy, so i won"t cry when I can't find it. I keep multiples in all my work vehicles, good enough!
January 22, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by weekendwarrior They serve my purpose!
All of us guys have been there. Your wife or girlfriend wants to buy "a few things" at Ikea. You go with the SUV and realize she doesn't want to buy a few things at Ikea; she wants to BUY IKEA! You fill up the inside as best you can, but the big, cumbersome, awkward items are just not going to fit inside. You contemplate spending the next hour taking the thing out of the box and putting all of the smaller parts inside as well and then decide against it!
You contemplate going back inside and asking if they'll just deliver everything for you, but you're tired, the store is about to close and you convince yourself you can do it. Finally, you look at the roof rack and decide, yep, this is where you're going to put it. You get some of the string they offer and tie things down as best you can. You start driving and hear some shifting on the roof. You now stop on the middle of the highway (yikes) and confirm that although everything's in one place, your once secure knots are a little less so. You drive off again, this time with the window open and your hands on the items. Your thought is, hey, if it starts moving again you'll know right away and can pull over.
All of this goes away with these ties downs! Put your items on the roof, slip the fabric over your items and under the rack. Put it through the ratcheting mechanism and crank away! You land up with a tight, TIGHT tie down that's not going anywhere. No agita. No "let me drive in the slow lane so I can pull over quickly if things start flying off"!
I've used this to tie down "regular" items. For example, I haven't tried tying down motorcycles in the back of a pickup truck, so I have no idea how it's going to perform in more rugged situations. But if you're like me and you're always transporting stuff from various stores like the home depot, these tie downs will have you thinking roof rack first.
About the only issue I had, since I've never used one of these, was learning how to release the lock once you get home. It's not so simple to understand at first and had to have someone show me. It takes a slight amount of hand muscle, but once you figure it out, that's all there is.
January 18, 2015