How Strong are Twisted Ratchet Straps?

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I'm testing the myth that a twisted ratchet strap loses 50 percent of its load capacity by putting a twist in it. So I build a test rig to find out the truth. I test everything from 1 twist to 10 twists. I even test knots and water soaked straps. Exploding them produced some pretty shocking results!

  • That red vise at 3:00 is gorgeous! What is the make?

    Alex BensonAlex Benson8 päivää sitten
    • How old is that machine on the right next to red vise?

      AtyrauskiAtyrauski4 tuntia sitten
    • @Trey Kernea Ha Ha

      Phil SartoriPhil SartoriPäivä sitten

      Bad WookieBad WookiePäivä sitten
    • @Fireball Tool can you ship to canada?

    • @Coach Wilson Husky is making a reputation for themselves . i have some of their tools and bags

      Earls PearlEarls Pearl3 päivää sitten
  • A twist is just to stop vibration .nothing to do with strength . anyone worth anything would way over strap. going down a highway and seeing a tie down vibrations ,is a rookie mistake!

    Frank MolinaFrank Molina18 minuuttia sitten
  • one twist is key, no vibration and if it does vibrate you can see that your strap is loose and you need to check your load

    Jesse DameJesse Dame30 minuuttia sitten
  • Thank you fireball tools

    nikhil taydenikhil tayde36 minuuttia sitten
  • It's been a week .. 5.7 mil views.

    Michael DoradoMichael DoradoTunti sitten
  • What happens if you put a knot in a strap but don't load up to breaking point and then remove the knot. seems he could only ratchet up tight to about 20% of breaking, so i wouldn't think it had not been damaged that much. probably way stronger still then the working load. would be great to test this

    Bruce WheelerBruce WheelerTunti sitten
  • Great test! With regard to what happened with the knot, when I was a volunteer with mountain / cliff rescue 20-30 years ago, we were taught to never let nylon ropes cross themselves, other ropes, or sharp edges. Our instructor used to use up short lengths of old climbing ropes by demonstrating dropping a couple of roped-together sandbags off the training cliff. Properly terminated, even old ropes held up pretty well, but put a knot in them and they'd go bang in a heartbeat. As the instructor used to say "don't let that be YOUR last heartbeat."

    Ted RussTed Russ2 tuntia sitten
  • Nice. But leave one on the trailer a few months and the UV will waken them also. Not sure by how much but that would make a good test.

    Golf bravo WhiskeyGolf bravo Whiskey2 tuntia sitten
  • This video shows that all of you who said not to twist your strap don’t know shit and probably shouldn’t be towing anything.

    Barely Legal Fishing ChartersBarely Legal Fishing Charters2 tuntia sitten
  • Thanks for a good and informative video. Next time somebody harps on me about putting one truest and a strap, I'll let him know there's nothing to worry about!

    Braeburn HilliardBraeburn Hilliard2 tuntia sitten
  • Sheer speed from a wreck and G forces could make this test useless, drop 3,000 pounds from 50 feet with twist and without, see how it turns out. It was still interesting to see the test, we put alot of faith in China made products, well some of us do, it's not the nylon that I worry about, as much as the crappy metal and ratcheting failure. There a dime a dozen now, watch out!

    Edward SadlerEdward Sadler3 tuntia sitten
  • I have never used ratchet straps before in my life yet somehow I'm watching a nearly 14 minute video about them... Good job my dude.

    ShuiShui3 tuntia sitten
  • I find it interesting, no matter how may twists,.. They break at the same place on the binder,..not at any certain twist. Twisting does not weaken the strap,.. at the twists ?????? As shown shown with the break at the knot ,...not at the binder !!! But,..of course,... this whole experiment should be dismissed and the results are in error,.... - Because the strap was "" Pre-Loaded "" with tension in the Key of B♭ (B-flat). ,....At 4:36 " Shut Up "

    Seventh SonSeventh Son3 tuntia sitten
  • Looks like the frictional heat generated at the buckle is causing the failures, other than the knot.

    John QJohn Q3 tuntia sitten
  • There are always people commenting that have no idea what they're talking about

    V GV G3 tuntia sitten
  • Stop lying

    Kester CollinsKester Collins4 tuntia sitten
  • Being a retired truck driver who has hauled many loads on a flatbed, I'm going to say that there are probably not that many truck drivers who don't put a twist or two in their straps. We are not going to listen to any extra noise that we don't have to. The trucks are loud enough.

    Vance HowardVance Howard4 tuntia sitten
  • Thanks for the video! Can you test at different temperatures? We do lifting works at - 10C degrees up to +40C, pretty big range, I wonder how do straps behave.

    AtyrauskiAtyrauski4 tuntia sitten
  • Do different conditions; knots, twists, dampness, etc. affect how much they stretch under load?

    Dallen MillerDallen Miller4 tuntia sitten
  • Lmao says tack welds and leaves inch and a qtr welds on it

    LA RiderLA Rider5 tuntia sitten
  • can you try like an old faded strap? just to see the reduction in lbs

    Alex GetzAlex Getz5 tuntia sitten
  • Awesome test. Love seeing things pushed to their limits. Also it looks like most broke close to the edge of the split bolt or drum of the ratchet. But I totally enjoyed the video.

    hawaiianstylinhawaiianstylin5 tuntia sitten

    DooTDooT5 tuntia sitten
  • Next time if u were to test smt like that and u are afraid of things faying away pls put aditional strap or rope at least to metal parts, it can be lose but if things went flying they ll hold them on safe spot and not making any damege to ppl, equipment or even structures.

    sosnax1sosnax15 tuntia sitten
  • Pretty "Decent" looking welding!

    Al BAl B5 tuntia sitten
  • do knot tie your strap around itself, got it!

    VirckVirck5 tuntia sitten
  • Inspect every 25 miles?????????

    Robert KilbonRobert Kilbon5 tuntia sitten
  • This guy is great! He proves how much people talk out of their asses on youtube !!! Kinda reminds me of a lotta commenters about car repair and show how ta do MODS and so on... I always think to myself... "How does a 16 year old kid or someone sitting on a couch on youtube or some goofy assed forum know more than what an auto manufacturer with billions of dollars devoted to R&D with legit Engineers knows about what to NOT or DO with their product...?" Makes me laugh !!! This is what I say.... "Lets face it... Opinions are like assholes, everyones got one and most of em STINK !!" I know these are mere ratchet straps but with cars and such I think to myself....When the dashboard, wheels,car,truck get covered with carbon fiber,plasti dip,MODS,K&N filters, diesel stacks cut through pickup beds (we've all seen those !) You just turned your shit to junk !!!

    CEEAAT !!!CEEAAT !!!6 tuntia sitten
  • I was hoping for a “ that’s knot good”

    M-Steel-RM-Steel-R7 tuntia sitten
  • i work with those things every day. very interesting especially the one with the knot. i don't understand how ppl can "produce" knots in those things but ok can happen. the thing is they don't care and use them this way tightening the knot even more every time. good to know....

    FGM11FGM117 tuntia sitten
  • thanks for the video . i found it very entertaining. love seeing things break. I don't even use ratchet straps but watched the entire video.

    steve mortonsteve morton7 tuntia sitten
  • always thought it was a myth.

    John CoppolaJohn Coppola8 tuntia sitten
  • Seeing that the strap always broke at the ratchet tells me that is the weak link. If you could test just the strap with no hooks or loops or anything on it you would find that twists would decrease its capability because it creates a weak spot. As he showed where the twist was it had melted a bit. It did not weaken it beyond the weakest link however so it’s “fine”.

    Matt RempelMatt Rempel8 tuntia sitten
  • You earned a sub my man.

    Jose LedesmaJose Ledesma8 tuntia sitten
  • holy cow. the slow mo is the greatest thing ever. thanks

    Bryan SykesBryan Sykes8 tuntia sitten
  • Military uses cloth straps how are they different

    The Ramblings of LarryThe Ramblings of Larry8 tuntia sitten
  • A video just to prove keyboard warriors wrong...I like it. 🤔

    dpeaglesdpeagles8 tuntia sitten
  • Great job! Thank you for confirming my beliefs as well. In offroad winching scenarios a knot is a definite weak point as well. Another real world test like your water soaked strap is to mix a couple cups of dirt & sand in your water, then agitate while soaking to work the dirt into strap. This will simulate a strap that looks fine, but, over time gets a little bit of dirt inside causing lots of little sharp edges to get imbedded in it. I expect you will again see what the offroad community does in that the strap will break early, and this does not even take UV damage into account that any strap used outside for a couple of years will also have.

    TXTARDISTXTARDIS9 tuntia sitten
  • I hope this scientific procedure didn't leave you strapped for cash, sir!"

    Tod DavisTod Davis9 tuntia sitten
  • Great vid. As a trucker, I have endorsed putting a twist in your strap for years. Prevents wear which will weaken the strap. Remember on a truck, those straps can be vibrating for thousands of miles.

    Max Nafe HorsemanshipMax Nafe Horsemanship9 tuntia sitten
  • Try using cotton straps

    Robert BenavidezRobert Benavidez9 tuntia sitten
    • @sixfootbear That would be even stronger! Good call👍🏻

      Robert BenavidezRobert Benavidez8 tuntia sitten
    • Hemp ropes.

      sixfootbearsixfootbear8 tuntia sitten
  • Excellent video. Be good to do the same test on straps that have laid out in the sun for 6 and 12 months.

    Will BarksWill Barks10 tuntia sitten
  • how did i get to this part of youtube help lmao

    Never AlohaNever Aloha10 tuntia sitten
  • I drive a stock picker with a teather and they don't say anything about a twist. but it says knots reduce the strength by 50%.

    Ryan WalkerRyan Walker10 tuntia sitten
  • I can’t be the only one amazed by his welding and how well it holds. Great video

    MIARACINGMIARACING10 tuntia sitten
  • Putting a single twist in the strap on tall loads keeps them from buzzing...

    Old TrooperOld Trooper10 tuntia sitten
  • Probably one of the coolest videos I’ve seen this week! Subbed!

    Progressive EndeavoursProgressive Endeavours11 tuntia sitten
  • This video has a Mythbusters nostalgia vibe. Content, entertainment, useful, curious, interesting and just fun to watch and see what happens. Keep at it and you could have a network show.

    Mur BotMur Bot11 tuntia sitten
  • well, this video isnt going anywhere!

    Another YouTuberAnother YouTuber11 tuntia sitten
  • This comment is kind of off-the-wall but talkin about fishing line... If you have a knot in your fishing line the results are transferable and apply to fishing line also always cut that knot out of your fishing line... If you're interested the Palomar knot is the easiest and strongest knot I have found when fishing. I will put at least one twist in my strap to keep it from singing going down the road. Thanks for the video

    jeff cantleyjeff cantley11 tuntia sitten
    • amazong comment

      little maclittle mac7 tuntia sitten
  • I have no idea how I ended up here

    NONCORNONCOR12 tuntia sitten
  • What I gained from this video, is to just use a strap as it’s intended…thanks!

    andy pandaandy panda13 tuntia sitten
  • This is all very impressive! I'm impressed with your planning and thinking things through. I'm impressed with your technical, engineering and video skills. And I'm impressed that you definitively put so many internet know-it-alls and trolls in their place, although they're no doubt too ignorant and belligerent to realize how hard they've been slammed. Speaking of know-it-alls and trolls, who are the 2.2 thousand thumbs down nitwits? What's not to like about this video? It answers a question that anyone who's ever strapped anything down has...or should have. Great job!

    Bob MBob M13 tuntia sitten
  • 4:37 - There's also a Ratchet Buddy(or something like that) to make your handle longer for tightening, but the piston Def does the job later :P

    The SteaksThe Steaks14 tuntia sitten
  • That's Great. Thank-you for quantifying the results. If you were to do it again, could you set it on a Straight pull at 70-90% of full strap length to verify results on a straight pull basis. Would the strap fail at the "same point" (Roughly a couple inches from the cam itself). Many other questions like: Would Doubling the strap thru the center point increase the load capacity at all... I think the other VERY Interesting thing was in Every test, Every strap failed BEFORE its rated 10,000 lb rating. What about other Strap Manufacturers... Do they fail at the same point and % Prior to Rated poundage?

    The SteaksThe Steaks14 tuntia sitten
  • dislikes from those who still believe in "twist=bad" magic.

    BrewstBrewst14 tuntia sitten
  • Great video FT, the week point seems to be on the ratchet side, have you test it without a ratchet just to see how strong are the hooks, like old way of using pallet straps with a ''S'' lock?

    Jean-Pierre BedardJean-Pierre Bedard14 tuntia sitten
  • Having a twist doesn't necessarily reduce the load rating. What it does is it accelerates wear. As your tests show the straps become warm at those twist points, now imagine hours and miles on end and those points become frayed and weak.

    Joshua ReganJoshua Regan14 tuntia sitten
  • should of soaked a knotted one

    Corey VCorey V15 tuntia sitten
  • I ALWAYS put 1 twist in my straps.

    Dirt WagonDirt Wagon15 tuntia sitten
  • Nicely done. 2K dislikes don’t like science.

    Needs More ToysNeeds More Toys16 tuntia sitten
    • The thumbs down idiots are the same people who think covid is a hoax and vaccines are a government plot. Where is Darwin when you need him?

      Bob MBob M13 tuntia sitten
  • What did we learn? Everyone wants to be an expert. Including me

    homebody herohomebody hero17 tuntia sitten
  • Seeing that crease in the single twisted strap after the test, I'm really curious to see what would happen if you test it with a single twist up to let's say 3000/3500 kg for ten times and THEN test the strength.

    DutchObserverDutchObserver17 tuntia sitten
  • Australia rta need to watch this thay fine you if straps are twisted and thay don't know

    David ParkinsonDavid Parkinson17 tuntia sitten
  • Question: The forces you were testing with were gradually applied, will the results be same if the forces are increasing rapidly to the breaking point i.e. spiking? When on the road, the straps are tugged rather than gracefully brought to their breaking point....

    Seven LayersSeven Layers17 tuntia sitten
  • Twist the straps. Test show deffenite proof that what people say is bull. A few twist aren't going hurt anything. What's going hurt is knots, and undersized straps. I've went and pulled trucks with twisted up knotted up straps and still never broke a quality one.

    Nick GambleNick Gamble18 tuntia sitten
  • The more you know thank you for your hard work.

    John MoralesJohn Morales18 tuntia sitten
  • Any experienced trucker knows to put one or two gentle twists in load straps, as it prevents unnecessary oscillation, load vibration and chafing.

    SevenMagpiesSevenMagpies19 tuntia sitten
  • Great video. It would have been nice to have stressed a strap with a knot (but not break it), and then un-knot it, and then break it.

    Jonathan StackJonathan Stack19 tuntia sitten
  • 5:56 7:40 12:38 slow-motion change yt settings to .25 and watch it even slower. Thanks for sharing this very useful info.

    TEKNOFIEDTEKNOFIED19 tuntia sitten
  • Very informative. Thank you for that experimentel series! Wet strap bearing about same load is no surprise. From my knowledge, the problem is thitening a dry strap which lengthens itself when getting wet during the transport thus reducing the strength of the load being strapped down. Missing that for completion of series unfortunately.

    TitanHooverTitanHoover19 tuntia sitten
  • "Ya twisted ratchet strap", I'm using that.

    Jakuario JacksonJakuario Jackson20 tuntia sitten
  • never heard that a twits do anything, I got a crane license, and the only time a strap reduces in load, is with a nut on it.

    Brian Wind GrøndahlBrian Wind Grøndahl20 tuntia sitten
  • I think the knot kinda worked like ripping a phone book in half. Trying to pull it apart is much harder than ripping from an edge. You can see in the slo mo that the knot breaks from one side to the other instead of All the way across at once in the other straps

    I only commentI only comment21 tunti sitten
  • another test you could conduct is start ratcheting the strap with a lot more slack so you end up with a bigger "spool" of strap on the ratchet. be interesting if having the strap at a lesser radius changes/increases the strength?

    Justin WhiteJustin White21 tunti sitten
  • Very useful info

    Vl OVl O21 tunti sitten
  • I have this regular arguments. It only provides you an extra grip. Not strength.

    Hallward HallwardHallward Hallward22 tuntia sitten
    • This makes no sense.

      Bob MBob M13 tuntia sitten
  • Same people saying twisted straps are definitely weaker... Same people getting in line for a 💉☣️🤯😆

    Kevin DobleKevin Doble22 tuntia sitten
  • Great video!

    TinmanmvTinmanmv22 tuntia sitten
  • So...all of the straps broke before reaching their rated breaking point of 10,000 pounds?

    Gregg HGregg H23 tuntia sitten
  • About the only thing I can fault is the lack of averaging data, otherwise it's a good test. Needed to do 3 of each scenario and It'd be a much more scientific test

    Ginger NingerGinger NingerPäivä sitten
  • So.....Myth Plausible?

    Cliff CardiCliff CardiPäivä sitten
  • I have always known the twist as a trucker twist. I use to deliver very expensive wireless communication items with a stake bed. During training I was told to always add one twist for the same reasons you explained. I never once had an issue.

    GenerationDoomsDayGenerationDoomsDayPäivä sitten
  • What about a loose strap with a quick jerk vs a tight strap with a quick jerk?

    RukusRukusPäivä sitten
  • I have not watched the whole video..I'll say it does NOT matter how many twists are in it. it is rated at a certain rate and it will maintain that rate....Now having twists in regular usage MAY cause damage to the strap over time,with cuts and abrasions causeing the rating tio be deminished ..lets see?

    martin moffittmartin moffittPäivä sitten
  • I have a feeling that the speed you are adding the load may be affecting your results; the straps seem to be melting rather than the fibers themselves failing. If you applied the load over a longer period of time, I bet that the straps are actually capable of holding WAY higher than what they’re rated for. You’d need a thermal imaging camera to watch the temperature to ensure you don’t get too hot.

    Joshua GarzaJoshua GarzaPäivä sitten
  • Wow great video some information I can use. Not useless information great job there sir.

    Troy FrazierTroy FrazierPäivä sitten
  • I think human consciousness, is a tragic misstep in evolution. We became too self-aware, nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself, we are creatures that should not exist by natural law. We are things that labor under the illusion of having a self; an accretion of sensory, experience and feeling, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everybody is nobody. Maybe the honorable thing for our species to do is deny our programming, stop reproducing, walk hand in hand into extinction, one last midnight - brothers and sisters opting out of a raw deal.

    Jj SandsJj SandsPäivä sitten
  • Damn, you thought of everything. I was just thinking "it would be nice if there was slow mo of the strap breaking", and then, that was the next thing you showed. 😂 Great video!

    Al Pitbull DadAl Pitbull DadPäivä sitten
  • Seems to me the most common failure point is where the strap is contacting the slot on the. Ratchet

    miko pupmiko pupPäivä sitten
  • I am wondering how much weaker the straps are after they have ben been broken once I am sure that I am not the only person that has used the remains of a strap that was previously broken.

    Arno BirkigtArno BirkigtPäivä sitten
  • *ALL those straps are salvageable.*

    Christian PrepperChristian PrepperPäivä sitten
    • If you shorten them.But that wasn't the point of the tests.

      sixfootbearsixfootbear8 tuntia sitten
  • I've met drivers who would only twist them, i got taught as a yard foreman that twisting them was illegal.. This is the video I need. EDIT: That was always with 4" straps.

    The RocinanteThe RocinantePäivä sitten
  • Why did you nit just ask the factory who have already tested them.

    witchonewitchonePäivä sitten
    • And believe the manufacturer?

      Bob MBob M13 tuntia sitten
  • Great Manly Stuff, & Handled Well.! Keep It Coming Boss.!

    Tab HowardTab HowardPäivä sitten
  • I wonder how well the straps would do with out the ratchet burning them out at 4200

    Bowen DawsonBowen DawsonPäivä sitten
  • I would've like to see re using a broken strap

    Alan WardAlan WardPäivä sitten
  • You should try a flat strap with wind vibration to see what it does. Does the wind have an effect on the load capacity when they make the straps sing like that?

  • Would love to see this done with more strap in play, say 8 feet high? Being I tow and haul containers that are 8-9 feet tall.

    tommy13ttommy13tPäivä sitten
  • I always put 1 twist and always will. The proof is in his broken straps. I bet all the numb skulls are eating there words with losing 50% on twists lol

    Mr. ChrisMr. ChrisPäivä sitten