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Ratcheting or Snap Binders?

Discussion in 'Equipment Moving Questions' started by BKrois, Nov 6, 2003.

  1. 1693TA

    1693TA Senior Member

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    These are the binders I have which were "gifted" to me from a dear departed friend. I have a dozen:

    https://www.amazon.com/Peerless-Rat...2&sprefix=ratchet+chain+binder,aps,132&sr=8-5

    These are the less expensive type of ratchet binder commonly available:

    https://www.amazon.com/EI004-Ratche...uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl

    These are the much less expensive "snap", or "Over Center" binders which are still very commonly used. The price point is a very large draw citing the profit margin that exists, (industry wide) in the trucking business:

    https://www.amazon.com/Mytee-Produc...6449&sprefix=chain+snap+binder,aps,120&sr=8-3
     
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    I have 3 or 4 of them in the tongue of the 20 ton. I can't remember when i used them last, but it is one of those things I won't toss.
     
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    Completely agree. (No offense DMiller)
     
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    None taken.
     
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    I really like the Peerless ratcheting load binders. I bought 4 after learning about them on the forum. No turning back now! They are amazingly easy to use and user friendly to boot. Plan to add an additional 2-4 units to my trailer stash. The collapsing handle makes them easy to apply in tight places and allows them to stow more orderly.
     
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    I've been told to place a padlock in the security holes on the Peerless binders. These have a way of disappearing at the truck stops being both expensive, and desirable. I only use mine locally and don't have that problem, but I understand theft is an issue.

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    Those look nice. I built this chain and binder rack about 15 years ago. It is a chunk of 3" angle iron, I drilled the holes in the drill press and slotted them with the porta-band, extended it on the bottom back to the tongue frame, then welded on that 3" strap with the hinges. It only keeps honest people honest but far better than nothing.
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    I like that real well. Like you said it helps a person stay honest and a good way to do it.
     
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    That is a slick set up and nicely organized.
     
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    Hate snaps, seen way too many near misses or hits with them, we won't use them. Plus you can use a ratchet for a lot of stuff.
     
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    Snap overs still have uses where ratchets will work but are not as efficient. Again steel haulers will see more snap overs than ratchet types. Get load on and flip a few chains/binders and go.
     
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    Sure snaps are a bit cheaper, but I figure the math let's say a big trucking company has 1000 binders save $30 a piece, that would probably all vanish plus a lot more in the event 1 employee gets seriously hurt by a snap binder. They are fine if used properly, but these days people can hurt themselves with a paperclip. Considering how common sense is pretty much gone, it baffles me companies would take a risk like that. I would bet with 4 binders you would not save 30 seconds tying down, if mine are lubed up they go on and off in a flash and the biggest benefit is they stay tight but not too tight, snap are laser tight or too loose most of the time. Honestly surprised they haven't been outlawed yet.
     
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    Yeah I still see the occasional small hauler running snaps but I think most places have figured out cost of buying a guy a new face makes the ratchets much more appealing lol.