5 Tips To Consider Before You Buying Chain Binder
What is a load binder?
Load binders also are known as chain binders, are chain tensioning devices used to bind, clamp, anchor or tie down large cargo loads for transport.
Load binder types
Our load binders are available in two styles, including a ratchet binder and a lever binder with different sizes, and working load limits to fit your needs. They are commonly made of forged steel and feature grab hooks or other fittings on each end.
- Lever Load Binder: Also called snap binders, it is designed for tightening the chains easier and faster, allowing quick tightening if load shifts. The long handle provides excellent leverage to tighten the chain and lock itself after the lever rotates 180-degrees around the hinge. Primarily used for handling heavy duty cargo leverage and with great securing truck equipment applications, so they are also called truck load binders. If you are seeking a more safety lever binder you can choose the indirect lever binder, this lever binder has a cam-action handle eliminating the kickback that typically occurs when the chain tension is released.
- Ratchet Load Binder: Also called a ratchet load binder or ratchet chain binder. It is designed for using a ratcheting device to tension chain for securing cargo. This heavy duty load binder assembly by a best load binder body, ratcheting handle, two eyes grab hooks on end fitting.
It is safer than lever load binder for it doesn’t store energy and the handle can’t recoil back, operated easier but take times to tighten and unload the cargo.
2 tips to consider before buying load binders
Chain binders are essential load securing equipment in the transportation industry, there are many different chain binder options to choose from, as well as a variety of chain grades and chain hooks, follow the 2 tips, you can find the safety and properly load binders.
Load binder size
Chain binders can generally accept a range of chain diameters, so it’s important to pay close attention to the working load limit of both the binder and the chain. There are two sizes stamping on the load binder, for example, 1/4″ load binder – 5/16″ load binder, which means it can be used with 1/4″ Grade 70 Transport Chain or 5/16″ Grade 43 High Test Chain. Keep the strength of chain binders weaker than the chains’.
There are two main grades of transport chain that are used with load securing equipment, including Grade 43 and Grade 70. Please read this chain grade article for more knowledge.
Load binders quantities
Load binders are designed to tighten chain when securing a load for stationary or transport, so how many chain binders you will need, it’s up to the chain length and the load weights. According to the FMCSA states that vehicles require 4 load binders to tighten at 4 corners of the truck, but actually it is not as same as your thinking. If the chain length is less or equals 5′ just 1 load binder, 5′ -10′ length requires 2 load binders. Chains and binders come in various sizes depending on the loads being hauled.
At the end of the day, the chain binders are only as safe as how you are using them. If you don’t use it correctly, it will become a danger to you. If you wish to learn more about our chain binders, please contact us for more detailed information on them.