Binding down a load incorrectly can put you in a bind.
Watch our video or Read More for tips to keep you and your load safe and secure.
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 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
The two most common types of load binders that are used in transporting heavy equipment are lever binders and
Lever binders are less expensive than ratchet binders, are more compact, and are faster to operate.
Ratchet binders are easier and safer to operate and provide a much higher mechanical advantage than lever 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
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
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:
How to Use Peerless Ratchet Binder Plus & Ratchet Load
How to Use Peerless Quickbinder Plus Ratchet Load
How to Use Peerless Prolok66 Lever Load Binders
How to Use Peerless Safety Release Lever Load Binders
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