Rated 3.1 out of 5Â by 15
Rated 4 out of 5Â 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 5 out of 5Â by JamesC Good quality. Smooth and easy operation. Non-slip.
I purchaed this set of 4 rachet tie downs based solely on price. The rachets are weightier than I expected them to be, and are of good quality. The 12-foot webbing ensures that I have enough length for most tie down jobs. There are no instructions included, so for those that reported the ratchet interferes with the strap, I believe you probably threading the webbing incorrectly. With the ratchet opened in a 90-degree angle, with the hook to the right and the ratchet lever facing up to the ceiling, insert the webbing from the left side of the ratchet into the slot in the center of the ratchet and t leave a lead of about 6-inches. Then take the 6-inch lead and bring it back through the underside of the ratchet. Start cranking the ratchet lever and allow the excess to be wound up. If done correctly, the lever is on top and can be operated without interfering with the webbing. These tie downs are easy to operate and work well.
August 29, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â by mslucyc Love my straps!
These straps were purchased several years ago. I've used them for a wide variety of things, but most often to secure 125 pound bales of hay in a trailer with low sides for transport 15 miles from the place of purchase to our horse farm. Sometimes used for securing a boat to the trailer in the back. They have never let me down. For the money, when they wear out, if they ever do, I'll just buy them again! Very happy with the performance. Occasionally, it's a little tough to get the tail to release, but that is fairly normal and I'd rather it be a bit too tight than a bit too loose. Great product for securing things well...on a temporary basis.
March 10, 2014