For everyone that’s against putting a twist in your straps...

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by kylefitzy, Apr 25, 2021.

  1. kylefitzy

    kylefitzy Road Train Member

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    Because you think it weakens them. Watch this video.


    cliff notes: the only thing that significantly weakened a strap was a knot.
     
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  3. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    Knots take about 50% of the strength out of lifting slings and cables. Can't see why it wouldn't effect straps the same way.
     
  4. God prefers Diesels

    God prefers Diesels Road Train Member

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    Let's say a twist DID weaken them. If you're putting so few straps on your load that the decreased WLL is actually an issue, then maybe pull a dry van.

    If you pull 48k net, that load only requires the strength of five straps to begin with.
     
  5. Mattflat362

    Mattflat362 Road Train Member

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    I learned this years ago when my quad broke down out in the woods and my buddy took his riding jacket and got it wet and twisted it as many times as he could and pulled me 2 miles out of the woods.
     
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  6. shooter19802003

    shooter19802003 Road Train Member

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    I always twist my straps if they span any significant length. I hate the buzzing and wind noise. I think the vibrations weaken them. Because it vibrates against the load and wears them. That's my theory anyways and I'm sticking to it....lol.
     
  7. God prefers Diesels

    God prefers Diesels Road Train Member

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    Same. And if you look in your mirrors and a twisted strap is vibrating, you know it's loose. No guessing.
     
  8. staceydude

    staceydude Medium Load Member

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    Love this I kind of testing/info, there is really no way a single twist would/could weaken a strap provided it is not twisted where it is tightened.
    I would like to see if there is a diff in strength due to temps like freezing weather etc.

    I sometimes twist and sometimes don’t. Really depends on the load. I always lay into them if load allows and whether they are straight or not should not buzz. Of course some things we can’t crank on as much.

    Thanks for posting @kylefitzy
     
  9. Flat Earth Trucker

    Flat Earth Trucker Road Train Member

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    Thank you for posting this video. I do enjoy seeing a myth shattered to fine bits.
     
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  10. Flat Earth Trucker

    Flat Earth Trucker Road Train Member

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    Now you can! :D
     
  11. Diesel Dave

    Diesel Dave Last Few of the OUTLAWS

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    1/2 a twist for me on each end, (hook end and ratchet end) equals a full twist one strap.

    Edit: sometimes I’ll end up with 3, 1/2 twist, depending on the load. 1/2 on each side, and sometimes another 1/2 twist on top of the load.
     
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