By Adil Ali


Recently there has been a lot of confusion with regards to the breaking strains on some ratchet straps. In the past many UK buyers of ratchets straps were buying 5 tonne straps, or at least what they thought were 5 tonne straps.

Each ratchet strap has its own breaking strain or load capacity as some other users may refer to it. On the webbing for a ratchet strap there should be a tag, in this instance it is blue, and it will have information regarding the ratchet strap. Below are two labels. One is for a 4 tonne ratchet strap and one is from a 5 tonne ratchet strap, can you tell the difference?

Nope, it is not the colour that distingushes the straps breaking strain from one another. The 5 tonne strap has a lashing capacity of 2500 daN and the 4 tonne strap has a 2000 daN lashing capacity. Many users of the straps try and distinguish the strength by the stitching which usually have 3, 4, or 5 lines dependent on the strength of the strap. This is not always accurate as some 4 tonne ratchet straps have 5 lines which leads users to think that it is the correct breaking strain for a 5 tonne straps. This is shown in the image below.

Always check the labels before you use the straps to ensure that they have the correct breaking strain. Check out our ratchet straps online or give us a call to to discuss your needs.