How Strong are Twisted Ratchet Straps?

25 kwi 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?

    Alex BensonAlex Benson6 dni temu
    • @Fireball Tool can you ship to canada?

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

      Earls PearlEarls PearlDzień temu
    • @Tony Pie how loud they are in a temper tantrum ?

      Earls PearlEarls PearlDzień temu
    • 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.

      The Hungry SlugThe Hungry SlugDzień temu

      Cheki HillCheki Hill2 dni temu
  • I have mine for long time andvused the strap for atv never had a problem so that dude who made an article is full.of shit

    jt bass gamblerjt bass gambler30 minut temu
  • Basically, use them like they were meant to be used

    Leevon HubbardLeevon Hubbard39 minut temu
  • I thank you for this test. I was hit by a 18 wheeler on I 10 east of Phoenix on the bridge at the truck stop. it was a hit and run. the police found him a few miles down the road with all 4 tires bowed out on his trailer. I LOST MY 8000 POUND LATHE 1034 inches long all broken upon the road. I had 4 of those straps holding it down all broke. it destroyed the lathe. broke the trailer hitch off my Dodge 3/4 ton truck all 4 straps broke and diamond the trailer frame trailer destroyed, crooked cop never turned the report in and gave my own info report to me now I am screwed. Phoenix Hwy patrol never found the report.

    PC Mr X.PC Mr X.52 minut temu
  • The DOT wants you to twist your straps because of the vibration

    Dennis RossiDennis Rossi55 minut temu
  • That shop is amazing, hard to keep it that clean I imagine.

    Scott GarmonScott GarmonGodzinę temu
  • I would love to find the employee who keeps putting knots in my ratchet straps, so I can strangle hime with said strap. Ever trie to untie a knot thats been ratcheded tight?

    d 2d 2Godzinę temu
  • This is a pretty good kitted workroom

    Alex BraunAlex BraunGodzinę temu
  • Would be interesting to soak a strap in water then freeze in a freezer and test it. Would probably be pretty cool watching in slow motion Great video! I’m definitely not using my straps that have knots in them anymore

    dustin dircksdustin dircksGodzinę temu
  • My dad hauled flatbed for years, ONE twist in a strap keeps them from vibrating going down the road, vibration causes the straps individual strings to break.

    Samuel HawkinsSamuel HawkinsGodzinę temu
  • I'd love to see a followup testing a dirty strap. I've always heard that weakens straps because the sharp grains cut the fibers.

    jello3456543jello3456543Godzinę temu
  • So... Moral of the story, don't use just 1 strap. :D Use a bunch of straps with as many knots as you want, and you'll be alright :)

    Chris FosterChris Foster2 godzin temu
  • Awesome job! That should shut them up ! Appreciate all the work you put into this !

    Bud FarkusBud Farkus2 godzin temu
  • Thank you!

    0 P0 P2 godzin temu
  • You have any plans on going to Rumble? Your one of the few people I watch on PLworld. I hate google.

    Traveler on 2 wheels or 18Traveler on 2 wheels or 182 godzin temu
  • Mechanical resonance can produce vibrations strong enough to destroy the object in which they occur. SO putting one twist in a strap may actually increase its strength when traveling . I have had straps vibrate till they broke, so now I always put a twist in my straps. I would like someone to test and show how vibration resonance can destroy a strap.

    Zack HZack H2 godzin temu
  • Nice Linde forklift!!!!

    Purest JudgementPurest Judgement3 godzin temu
  • I have always added 1 twist for same reason wind noise and have done this for 30 years and now i know lol still good to go

    Tim NissenTim Nissen3 godzin temu
  • Thanks for that!

    davin reevesdavin reeves3 godzin temu
  • Beautiful video bro. Thank you for your time. Congratulations.

    Marco PoloMarco Polo3 godzin temu
  • What brand of straps be different with different brands?

    Wade ClarkWade Clark3 godzin temu
  • Why am i watching this 02.30 am?

    B WB W4 godzin temu
  • Very good information. I promise that the next time I use a ratchet strap I will definitely twist at once

    Eddie KEddie K4 godzin temu
  • Ah the good ol North40. Anyone else?

    Michael GoemmelMichael Goemmel4 godzin temu
  • One measurement's worth a thousand opinions. 👍

    C RC R5 godzin temu
  • I had no idea those straps are that strong.

    Zuppa GravesZuppa Graves6 godzin temu
  • Haha thanks, the yard guys always bitch at me cuz I dont care about twists in my straps! Now I got this to show them

    Duke Reaper22Duke Reaper226 godzin temu
  • this should be so simple to realise since with twisting you are getting rid of all slack left in the line bro. think before the test.

    Jesse DudelisJesse Dudelis7 godzin temu
  • why did the yellow straps never get on ....? because they were always being stroppy

    Fly on the wallFly on the wall7 godzin temu
  • how about a strap with a small cut in it? nice welds btw

    Ron GimondoRon Gimondo7 godzin temu
  • read some of the manufacturers instructions twisting reduces strength of strap period

    Fred BlairFred Blair7 godzin temu
  • Fantastic experimentation and applied science. Really great video.

    Roger DeutschRoger Deutsch7 godzin temu
  • Just tie those straps back together and you have a bunch of good straps. All good!

    Joe StoughJoe Stough8 godzin temu
  • Tried, tested and proven in style. Great experiment that would help the transportation community.

    Roh MichaelRoh Michael8 godzin temu
  • Brilliant video! Now I know for myself!💪💪👌

    Brian WeldonBrian Weldon8 godzin temu
  • Well at least he got the knot out of the strap

    Curtis Van DykenCurtis Van Dyken8 godzin temu
  • What a shop!! id love to have some of those tools

    Ron ThompsonRon Thompson9 godzin temu
  • That was fun, and useful for me. And I watched it just after Project Farm tested a bunch of straps, so for once the algorithm was useful.

    hardlybhardlyb9 godzin temu
  • 4:37. Name that tune...Red hot chili peppers - Scar Tissue

    derekmcgoldrickderekmcgoldrick9 godzin temu
  • Looks like the knot acts somehow like a lever doubling the force on that single spot!

    mr1jon1smithmr1jon1smith9 godzin temu
  • Great investigation! @11:40 "Knots are bad" indeed! And a twist to stop the singing won't hurt. Key takeaway - make sure your strap is appropriate for the load.

    James PriorJames Prior9 godzin temu
  • Great video. I've always wondered and now I know. I was a little tense waiting for the strap to hit the gauges on the torch.

    Adam MAdam M10 godzin temu
  • Ok, that was super cool! Thanks for taking the mystery out of it!

    Kevin CollinsKevin Collins10 godzin temu
  • I dunno, this is pretty good watching while I smoke lol

    Pseudonymous' Plethora of PinatasPseudonymous' Plethora of Pinatas10 godzin temu
  • Наглядно и познавательно, Хоть и языка не понимаю...👍

    Seröga CCCP-1978Seröga CCCP-197810 godzin temu
  • Makes me appreciate the time I spend getting the knots out.

    JJ11 godzin temu
  • remember kids if it doesn't have the off-color stitching down the middle its not DOT approved!

    FortenurgFortenurg11 godzin temu
  • I was taught on my Mountain Leaders course that a knot in a rope reduced it load capacity by 50%

    TomTom11 godzin temu
  • The slow mo is the best part 😂

    rumtum99rumtum9911 godzin temu
  • Some amazing results!

    Out and About Outdoors With Ron and FriendsOut and About Outdoors With Ron and Friends11 godzin temu
  • So, essentially, this was a giant "fuck-a-you" to the comment haters trying to make YOU look like a clown. Little did they know... You had... a scientific reverse uno card.

    Tyler LackeyTyler Lackey12 godzin temu
  • Great investigative work! At 2:26 I thought my eyes were giving me trouble; it looked like a bench grinder was gloating near your to your left. So what's that thing against the wall with the enormous motor?

    Noah KatzNoah Katz12 godzin temu
  • As a flatbed heavy haul truck driver I can confirm that a twist will do nothing but allow your strap to last longer as long as you know what your doing

    Matt SprayberryMatt Sprayberry12 godzin temu
  • great stuff, obviously. but... i wonder how much variability there is in a given bunch of straps? just for the fun of it, it would be interesting to repeat one or two of the tests, say zero and a couple of twists and maybe the wet strap, 3 times. i think it’s (slightly) better methodology.

    tom kleintom klein12 godzin temu
  • In my wildest stretches of imagination in the early nineties when the "world wide web" was in its infancy, I never envisioned a video of a guy testing burst strength on ratchet straps. Fireball, you are amazing! Thanks for this entertaining AND instructive video. Nothing like the scientific approach to silence those who criticize or doubt without the data. Gotta love the Internets!

    DPB1947DPB194712 godzin temu
  • lovely jubbly

    Gaius teslaGaius tesla13 godzin temu
  • The results of no twist, one, four, ten and wet strap are pure example of measurement error. Your measurement equipment probably have no less than 2% measurement error. Compare results. Except 10 twists all of those measurements are into +- 2% error

    Kli-Kli Sailing vesselKli-Kli Sailing vessel13 godzin temu
  • PLworld armchair commandos made a challenge and you accepted and proved in an epic way.

    sevensixtwo natosevensixtwo nato13 godzin temu

    rmdvidrmdvid13 godzin temu
  • Awesome video, Thank you for spending all that time and money to research and share these results.

    charles savoreecharles savoree13 godzin temu
  • How the hell does this video have over 4 million views?

    BadBilly ProductionsBadBilly Productions13 godzin temu
  • Why you destroy the table soldering that piece of sh**t ?? That hurts me

    Juan Manuel Rodriguez AguadoJuan Manuel Rodriguez Aguado13 godzin temu
  • Step #1- F around Step #2- Find out Step #3- Document it!

    Duffey WolvinDuffey Wolvin14 godzin temu
  • You should put a little cut through the edge of a strap and see what happens. If anyone wonders why straps hum and why twisting them reduces the hum, look up Karman Vortex Streets on Wikipedia.

    anonymic79anonymic7914 godzin temu
  • they were probably all within tolerance for the straps rating. with the one exception being the knotted strap

    Richard ERichard E14 godzin temu
  • I used to get crap from a few friends when I strapped my kayak to the top of my van. I would put a couple twists in it to stop the vibrations. My know it all friends said my straps would break. I think they were overestimating the stresses a streamlined kayak was putting on the straps.

    Karls JuniorKarls Junior14 godzin temu
  • now do it again with new straps to verify it.

    K BK B14 godzin temu
  • Small companies investing time and money in Research and development is cool, sharing what you learn with the industry and public is even cooler. (When the information gives you no major competitive advantage)

    sydney odensydney oden14 godzin temu
  • Great experiment! But this test is only useful for "static loads", I would like to know how much each different sample stretched, because it looks like the more twists in the strap the less it stretched. Obviously the more the strap can stretch, the more "tough" the strap will be and more resistant to instantaneous loads, for example hitting a pothole or sudden stop would cause a large instantaneous load on the strap and a more stretchy strap would be able to "dampen" the impact, therefore making it effectively "stronger".

    Matthew HartsuchMatthew Hartsuch14 godzin temu
  • "I will make it legal."

    Man, being an Atléti fan is hard.Man, being an Atléti fan is hard.14 godzin temu
  • So based on the break points, which where the base and the knot there is obviously a lot stretch capacity in the cord, but the point where the stretch terminates the belt breaks.

    sydney odensydney oden14 godzin temu
  • In my opinion being in a semi truck for my entire life you twist the strap to stop the vibrating and sound

    Zach NideverZach Nidever14 godzin temu
  • Getting slapped in the face by a snapping ratchet strap sounds fun though.

    V1K175U RØDR1V1K175U RØDR115 godzin temu
  • Interesting video, next you could try to repair and reuse those straps to see how well they hold up. Option's I can think of: 1. just re-use the longer end. cut off the tear and reconnect the hook and ratchet. 2. some sort of super strength glue 3. knot the ends together 🤣 4. sew the ends together with some good overlap. Not sure if there are special stitch patterns that would help. 5. melt the ends together? 6. weave the ends together. This one might be a huge pain / impossible. I know for sail-plane flying you can re-weave the ends of the winch rope if not using steel cables. However that is for much lower loads and they tend to slip apart when wet. 7. combine methods? melt and sew? glue and sew? I expect they will all fail much sooner than the new straps but it might be interesting how much worse they perform.

    UmmonTheLightUmmonTheLight15 godzin temu
    • Years ago my supplier,tarps and straps,told me she doesn't sew old straps the dirt in them ruins the bobbin in her (industrial) sewing machine.

      Neil PuckettNeil Puckett11 godzin temu
  • Pretty much as I’d expect the results to be. I always put a twist in to stop the vibration, never use knotted or damaged straps.

    Baz SmithBaz Smith15 godzin temu
  • I would _never_ use such toys I only use thick rope the _Aussie Truckers Knot_ never fails

    Aloysius FlarteyAloysius Flartey16 godzin temu
  • Very good! As a flatbed driver for many years, starting in '83, I was instructed by my first employer to put 1 twist on the strap to limit vibration (singing) which would cut into soft loads. If the load is tarped, there is no reason for the twist. The DOT will make you change a strap that has a knot in it.

    David LangDavid Lang16 godzin temu
  • You should test one sling after 6 months of sun exposure... the strap should lost 50 % of resistance.

    Nicolas GageyNicolas Gagey16 godzin temu
  • Coming from a flatbed truck driver, the main reason we twist straps is because when they vibrate, the vibration will loosen the strap. This makes driver have to continue to tighten strap every time they stop. Also, nice to know twist don’t weaken strap. Never tie a knot. Crazybird out

    Chad BlalockChad Blalock16 godzin temu
  • Learning all my dads tow cables are fucked from the knots slightly concerns me now

    Davon MiltonDavon Milton16 godzin temu
  • As best I can remember The Ashley Book of Knots (ABOK) states that, yes, an overhand knot in rope reduces strength by about 50%. And, it shows diagrams for testing this. Other knots, such as figure eight knots, are less detrimental.

    TesserIdTesserId17 godzin temu
  • How about a painted flex seal strap is it any strong or is it even possible

    Anas salehAnas saleh17 godzin temu
  • Quite pleased after cleanup

    ray nicholsray nichols17 godzin temu
  • Always give it a twist, don’t listen to the fake experts on social media, they know nothing !

    David PlenderleithDavid Plenderleith18 godzin temu
  • You need to test what happens if your strap is in two pieces and you connect them with the knot. I have seen those so many times..

    Eetu KaakinenEetu Kaakinen18 godzin temu
  • Back to the original video to check who's a wannabee expert x-)

    DaniDani18 godzin temu
  • I've always been under the assumption it weakens the strap faster than proper use ?

    Kelly ShortKelly Short18 godzin temu
  • Ayy lmao

    B N GB N G19 godzin temu
  • What people have to be concerned about is these are new straps, now a used strap isn't going to be as strong . You used it to pull a car out of a ditch, you had it on the trailer for 5 year's moved 4 cars 2500 bf of lumber its gotten really dirty and exposed to all 4 seasons for 5 years, how strong is your strap still? I might use 2 in place of what one new one could do. Or just replace them often they are cheap enough. Cant be too safe.

    bobbgbobbg19 godzin temu
  • What? People in the comment section of the interwebs are talking out of their asses again? I cannot believe it.

    OMGWTFLOLOMGWTFLOL20 godzin temu
  • When people tried to say it was worse to have a twist... SLAPPED BY COMMON LOGIC ONCE AGAIN.

    G48DownXG48DownX20 godzin temu
  • That's a lot of damage......

    Luc ScholtenLuc Scholten21 godzinę temu
  • 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

    Jeff WomackJeff Womack22 godzin temu
  • You said wet shirt no break, you should have said piss shirt bend bars. Hahaha

    Rock WashburnRock Washburn23 godzin temu
  • 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.

    michael Langmichael LangDzień temu
  • Nice custom rig man! Good job! Very interesting.

    Joshua WoodJoshua WoodDzień temu
  • Very cool video. Thank you!

    Matthew HendersonMatthew HendersonDzień temu
  • 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?

    AethentheboredAethentheboredDzień temu
  • Those particular straps only rated to 5k

    Dean WrightDean WrightDzień temu
  • 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

    Mr. EchoMr. EchoDzień temu