❏ Most states in our great country
don’t allow us to drive our awesome
dirt toys on the streets. That means a
lot of hauling is required, which also
means tie-downs are involved. We’ve
tried many different types of tie-downs
with varying results. Dirt and mud
can clog up ratcheting systems, as
some straps aren’t weather-resistant,
so their material becomes hardened
and difficult to use, and oftentimes we
run into issues where straps become
loose while traveling. We had the good
fortune of running across ShockStrap.
They have a unique design that helps
their tie-downs keep constant tension
while holding down our machines.
The ratcheting ShockStrap has
a lot of great features. To start,
their patented ShockStrap system
incorporates two elastomer straps
that are bolted together in line with
the 2-inch black polyester webbed
straps. This system lets you tie your
machine down, and when it moves on
the trailer, the ShockStraps will stretch
with the movement and help keep
constant tension. There is a safety
Innovation in ratchet tie-downs
By the staff of Dirt Wheels
strap that is built in, just in case the
ShockStrap elastomer system fails, so
your tie-down will stay connected.
At each end of the ratchet
tie-down are dual zinc-coated
metal hooks that are wear- and
weather-resistant. There are
also soft straps built into the
ShockStrap, so you can have
more options to tie machines
down. The polyester webbing is
soft and weather-resistant.
The whole ratchet safety strap
has a 1,533-pound load limit,
but the polyester webbing has a
5000-pound breaking strength.
The ratcheting system works very
well. The operation is smooth, and
the ratchet easily releases. The system
works well even when wearing gloves.
The ratchet is bolted on the tie-down,
so if it fails, you can easily replace it.
Fortunately, each safety strap has a
two-year warranty. You can purchase
the ratchet safety strap for $39.99 in a
9-foot length. They are also offered
in an 18- or 32-foot length. The
company also offers non-ratchet
tie-downs with their ShockStrap
system. For more information
on ShockStraps, go to www.
shockstrap.com or call (888)