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We have put together some general guidelines and tips to help you safely and properly bind your load for transport using ratchet and lever load binders.
The Federal Drivers Handbook states that vehicles that individually weigh more than ten thousand pounds and operate on wheels or tracks will require a minimum of four tie-downs, each having a working load limit (WLL) of five thousand pounds or higher.
According to the General Cargo Securement requirements, the sum of the working load limits from all tie-downs must be at least fifty percent of the weight of the cargo.
There are primarily two different grades of tie-down chain that are used in transporting heavy equipment: Grade 43 and Grade 70.
Grade 43 tie-down chain is lower in cost than Grade 70, but has a lower working load limit.
Grade 70 has a higher working load limit than Grade 43 which allows you to use smaller diameter chain or fewer tie-downs.
The two most common types of load binders that are used in transporting heavy equipment are lever binders and ratchet binders.
Be sure to check and follow your equipment's manual and all transportation regulations for the jurisdictions in which you'll be traveling.
Always make sure that the vehicle is in park and that all accessory vehicle equipment, such as, hydraulic booms or shovels have been completely lowered.
Accessory vehicle equipment must be separately secured with tie-downs.
Secure the vehicle to the trailer using a minimum of four tie-downs; each having a working load limit of at least 5,000 pounds.
Tie-downs should be attached at the front or rear of the vehicle at a 45 degree angle, and connected to specifically designed mounting points on the trailer.
Be sure to wrap any excess binding chain around the load binder and secure it in place with the zip tie or small gauge wire.
For detailed information on the different types of load binding equipment that we carry at E-Rigging, please refer to our website, and the following products video links: