Got Ratchet Straps?

I can think of about twenty times I wish I had after seeing this little trick but that was before they were as prolific as they are now.

Ratchet straps

As it is, I have been carrying ratchet straps around in all of my own personal rigs for years now.

Those things are just handier than shit.

I have even used them as an emergency Come Along before to pull a heavy load up into the back of my Caballero.

One freaking inch at a time.

I used a couple for an emergency tow rope too one time.

I wasn’t going very far and it worked just fine after I tied two together and wrapped the strap around the frames and used the hooks as a cinch.

Every once in a while you will find a set of six or so on sale somewhere in a little plastic carrying rack. Harbor Freight and the Big Box stores are usually a good place for that.

The rack lasts about five minutes and they wind up tossed behind the seat in a big wad but I don’t care about that. I actually have two I just throw behind the seat but I also threw a bag together with a bunch of crap in it for emergencies and rolled a couple more up and used electrical tape wrapped around them to keep them nice and tidy.

I like to have at least two handy at all times.

5 thoughts on “Got Ratchet Straps?

  1. Phil, the small ones come in handy for setting woodwork projects while the glue dries, and for repair jobs on old furniture, e.g. setting glued rattan cane edging to an old cane table. I used the bigger cargo straps to keep pallets of bagged spuds, and the 1.25 tonne bulk bags of loose spuds in one place on the truck’s tray, even when having to use the crawler gear while engaging the second drive axle to get out of some of the remote farms, with bloody rough roads, around the Atherton tablelands. Kept the loads stable, which keeps traction where you want it, driving over wet volcanic soil. Made life easier than making endless truckies’ hitches in ropes, something that always ‘disappeared’ when light-fingered coves walk by the truck. You also have to guard your straps against the thieving bastards!

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  2. I’ve actually used that method to drag a stranded idiot out of a ditch in a muddy field with my 4×4 truck. It often doesn’t work right the first time and one has to get shit adjusted just right but Murphy will arrive sooner than later so always add 40 minutes to whatever estimate you think will work.

    On another note, after reading about your adventures of sweating your ass off, keep your eyes peeled for a swamp cooler on Craigslist. I found this one in Vancouver but with coin being in short supply for you right now, this one is spendy. I’ve got one in my house and it’s 95 outside right now and 76 inside with shit insulation on this house I just bought but, a gizmo like this blowing on your old ass would likely make you spend your days in the garage in comfort. My 5000 cfs unit cost a tad over $500 new but it is worth every nickel. I’ve seen big ones of 3500 cfs going for $100 or less on CL so keep a weather eye.

    https://portland.craigslist.org/clk/hsh/d/vancouver-portacool-evap-cooler-garage/7165897410.html

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  3. I saw that once where it worked and once where the 2×4 ripped the brake lines out.

    I had a 4×4 that had a brush guard that had 2 detachable cat-walk grates. I only used them a couple of times but they worked perfectly.

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  4. I met an old bushie years back, outside of Gympie, Queensland. His old Tojo Landcruiser was one of the original series, with corrugated body panels. No modern electric or PTO winches for him: he’d mounted spools around the front hubs, so after setting the hand throttle and drive in low-low, he’d walk beside the vehicle after feeding rope once around the spool-hub, using it single-handed as a capstan winch! Bloody brilliant, too cheap and effective but, not flash enough for the Toorak cowboys.

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