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How Strong are Twisted Ratchet Straps?

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!


  1. Alex Benson

    Alex Benson

    4 dagen geleden

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

    • Earls Pearl

      Earls Pearl

      Uur geleden

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

    • Earls Pearl

      Earls Pearl

      Uur geleden

      @Tony Pie how loud they are in a temper tantrum ?

    • The Hungry Slug

      The Hungry Slug

      8 uur geleden

      Just wanted to add this method of mine to this pinned comment; Just use the tail end of the strap and tie it around the tensioned straps to help prevent them from vibrating in the wind. That is if you have enough length left after fastening down your loads. I might even make a video for everyone to see how I do it.

    • Cheki Hill

      Cheki Hill

      23 uur geleden


    • Vern T

      Vern T

      Dag geleden

      Thanks 😊 for sharing your video and test. I have a lot of those straps also hauling hay and equipment from the farm .

  2. Frank Chapa

    Frank Chapa

    15 minuten geleden

    Fuck, and I use 4 on my 3000lb race car, so I'm good 👍

  3. Sqlty


    36 minuten geleden

    The one with no twist, 1 twist, and 4 twists could have easily been strength variation from manufacturing. It would be a good idea to test several straps at each level and then take the average.

  4. Victini M

    Victini M

    59 minuten geleden

    As a student of physical engineering as soon as I read those comments I could smell the bullshit.

  5. gus gus

    gus gus

    Uur geleden

    Very interesting, thanks.

  6. the devil's beast 49

    the devil's beast 49

    Uur geleden

    It is stronger if it is over 75 degrees

  7. Peter Herrington

    Peter Herrington

    Uur geleden

    English trucker (who will now add 1 twist) just subbed for the no bullshit testing 👍

  8. ThreeIdiotsInaVan


    Uur geleden

    Myth Busted.

  9. Kristoffer Jensen

    Kristoffer Jensen

    Uur geleden

    Thanks for this 👍

  10. keith wolzen

    keith wolzen

    2 uur geleden

    What about a twist at contact point. Seems like the failure point is where ever the strap can't uniformly stretch

  11. Toby, Fire and Steel

    Toby, Fire and Steel

    2 uur geleden

    Brilliant video actually make. The Australian police apparently fine commercial vehicles $50 per twist in their straps as they seem to believe the 50% myth.

  12. Sartek


    2 uur geleden

    I'm curious to see what the strap looks like when testing nylon straps instead of those polypropylene straps

  13. Nomlas Salmon

    Nomlas Salmon

    2 uur geleden

    I've never needed those ratchet straps. I just use duct tape.

  14. challenger-rta


    2 uur geleden

    1 twist per side would reduce harmonic wear and not significantly reduce the strength.



    2 uur geleden

    Should’ve done a wet one twist to see how well better of the two compared!

  16. Tommy Suan

    Tommy Suan

    3 uur geleden

    To all the people who bitched about the twisted strap, STFU.

  17. Ken Hanson

    Ken Hanson

    3 uur geleden

    I'm really surprised at this test. I use a lot of ratchet straps, and always thought the weak point would be the metal bar that engages the ratchet wheel. Not a single failure was there, that part is obviously stronger than I thought. I use the 1 inch straps up to the 4 inch trucker tie downs, and never twist them. I mostly tie down cars and motorcycles and never over load them. I now have greater faith in these straps. This was very interesting, thanks for the post and keep up the good work.

  18. Chloe Sky

    Chloe Sky

    3 uur geleden

    The twist crease makes me wonder if it'll reduce the life of your straps faster, though if it's vibrating less it would probably even out with the flat star's wear.

  19. STEVEN R


    3 uur geleden


  20. Ellis Lewis

    Ellis Lewis

    3 uur geleden

    If the straps working load was 10k does that mean you get your money back for them all since they broke at 9600 or less 🤔

  21. ElectronicMechanic


    3 uur geleden

    Put a few more wraps on spool and test

  22. D. R. Cultivator

    D. R. Cultivator

    3 uur geleden

    Think I'll still stick to my chains and binders.

  23. Adam Sievers

    Adam Sievers

    3 uur geleden

    Move your oxy acetylene setup next time 😉

  24. Gerald Fitzgibbon

    Gerald Fitzgibbon

    4 uur geleden

    That was exelent. Demo. And i guess ther is something to climbers sayin not to put knots in climbing ropes too. Its good info to know. Thanks very much for all that work

  25. Chromatest J. Pantsmaker

    Chromatest J. Pantsmaker

    4 uur geleden

    These twists were all symmetrical. One side they are clockwise, the other side, CCW. What about twisting the entire strap one or two twists and then putting it on the jack?



    4 uur geleden

    Cool, awsome this is my dream job when I retire from arena rigging!!!! I want to break rigging gear for a living! And see if the gear lives up to their name!!! And give reviews.

  27. Daniel C

    Daniel C

    4 uur geleden

    You show them

  28. Kevin


    4 uur geleden

    One of the best examples of testing I've seen! Very well done indeed! Thank you for sharing this interesting video!

  29. john vitz

    john vitz

    4 uur geleden

    Very useful,,,,but please next time protect your testing equipment too. Honestly I thought the ratchets themselves would give out first. Very successful experiment. You should work at one of the destructive testing facilities. I think you missed your calling. Be safe.

  30. kevin dotson99

    kevin dotson99

    4 uur geleden

    You should have did one without the ratchet strap since that's where it was breaking and just tied a good fishing knot or something on the other side or just get a strap that has two hooks on each side

  31. Fernando Briseno

    Fernando Briseno

    4 uur geleden

    Wet strap with twists?

  32. Mike Harris

    Mike Harris

    4 uur geleden

    Awesome how you put all the keyboard warriors in their place! Lol. Everyone is an expert because they saw it online somewhere!!! Hahaha

  33. John Van Riper

    John Van Riper

    5 uur geleden

    Good job answers all my questions thanks

  34. S Tj

    S Tj

    5 uur geleden

    None of the straps hit the rated 10,000 lbs breaking strength

  35. Zakir Anderson

    Zakir Anderson

    5 uur geleden

    You reduce the strength of a rope by 50% when it has a knot in it. Someone obviously half heard this somewhere then just jumped into this guys comments to tell him about his twist in the strap reducing it's strengthby 50%. LoL

  36. Eric Teipen

    Eric Teipen

    5 uur geleden

    Hey moojoos you said he was a moron for using twisted straps. WHO looks like the moron now? Oh wait a minute...that be you! lol

  37. Eric Lozaga

    Eric Lozaga

    5 uur geleden

    should have done 2 and 3 twists to see where the capacity actually goes down

  38. fillip


    5 uur geleden

    Starts in 5:00 Results 13:10

  39. DP909REV


    5 uur geleden

    When I was in the Navy they had something called synthetic line sap back.When the lines with snap, the chronograph the velocity of them at about 750 ft./s, which is as fast as 45 ACP ball ammo. Synthetic lines or tow straps are no joke.

  40. Bad Atheist

    Bad Atheist

    6 uur geleden

    It would have been interesting to see multiple straps being used so the concentration would not have been just on one strap.

  41. Mark McMeen

    Mark McMeen

    6 uur geleden

    Factual substance trumps opinion every time ! Very helpful, thank you.

  42. TOOL HUB


    6 uur geleden

    Amazing tools.

  43. TAPriceCTR


    6 uur geleden

    Who the hell are the 2k downvotes from?

  44. HPB


    6 uur geleden

    Thanks and well done. Nothing like my own lying eyes and ears to convince me!

  45. G. R.

    G. R.

    6 uur geleden

    A former navy buddy tolld me that the nylon ropes they used would smoke a the stress neared the breaking point. He said that if a mooring or tow rope began smoking everyone dove for cover.



    7 uur geleden

    A few others already said this but the fucking algorithm nailed this recommendation. Great experiment with useful information from conclusions. Subscribed!

  47. Double Double

    Double Double

    7 uur geleden

    Did I just discover another NLcameras Genius? =D

  48. larry Itsme

    larry Itsme

    7 uur geleden

    Well, it looks like 2.1K people didn't like seeing the truth. They will probably still believe the myth about losing strength. Thanks for doing this experiment.

  49. jrock2460


    8 uur geleden

    A test to prove a foregone conclusion. Whatever NLcameras commenters say? The opposite is always true.

  50. Chuck Gladfelter

    Chuck Gladfelter

    8 uur geleden

    Twisted straps are an old flatbedder's trick. Helps them from vibrating and that causes them to fray.

  51. japakoniu


    8 uur geleden

    no clue how I ended up here but this is so cool!

  52. Nonyaz1977


    10 uur geleden

    wonder how much strength and durability they lose with continuous use. 'strap something down 100 times'

  53. B Noswal

    B Noswal

    10 uur geleden

    I am always amazed by how straps get a knot in . I think its some kind of knot pixie the minute I turn my back ?

  54. Andreas Björkman

    Andreas Björkman

    11 uur geleden

    The concerning part is that where the twist was it was getting hot, and it looked like it started melting. This might reduce the longevity of a twisted strap, and reduce its strength over repeated use. Worst case this heating might weaken it during load which could cause it to break at a very inopportune time.

  55. N English

    N English

    11 uur geleden

    The twisting or knotting takes the ability of the rope to stretch away, it's already under tension at that point.

  56. Bertram Raven

    Bertram Raven

    12 uur geleden

    I'd like to see an average over ten straps for each of the test modes. I'd also like to see the difference between one, two, three, four, and five twists at the length you were using. Some modelling in MathCad predicts twisted straps are more durable until any part of the strap touches another part of the strap. At the point they touch they create a weakened spot. That is consistent with your testing. Underload, the weakest part is where the strap touches itself. I suspect at the length you tested the strap will be strongest with three twists. Subsequently shorter lengths would reduce the number of twists to two, then one, then none. Longer lengths would be strongest will more twists up to a point where the spool contact is the weakest part. Ghostbusters was right - never cross the streams!

  57. Ladosligese


    12 uur geleden

    ohhhh the tools you have .. so jealoux !!

  58. Remko Jerphanion

    Remko Jerphanion

    12 uur geleden

    Cool experiment! What is the maximum rated load is for these ratchet straps? Did they meet the specified max load?

  59. santa fe, bantayan island life

    santa fe, bantayan island life

    13 uur geleden

    well facts put hot air to rest . as a crane operator . a strap rating with a straight lift is the full rate listed . a cradle or basket lift doubles the capacity. when the strap is used as a" choke " one end is put through a loop and and a strap encircles the lift , that is the weakest configuration good job and that cost some bucks to make that video .

  60. Swongilford


    13 uur geleden

    Good experiment and demonstration, in addition, there can be variations of material that can give slightly higher or lower results from the 10000 Ib breaking strength, hence 3330 Ib working rating will give the margin of safety. The wet condition give a low result is interesting.

  61. william bush

    william bush

    13 uur geleden

    theme music rockers should be called" The twisted ratchet straps"

  62. TheOriginal Energy

    TheOriginal Energy

    14 uur geleden

    anyone who thought 1 strap twist would reduce it is not the brightest bulb out there lmao

  63. Jonathan Brown

    Jonathan Brown

    14 uur geleden

    Didn't read all the comments, this could have been addressed, but what about a wet, frozen strap? Many drivers run in wet and freezing conditions could that cause a reduction in strength?

    • sixfootbear


      5 uur geleden

      That would be the same as the wet strap test wouldn't it? Frozen straps are no fun but I can't see them reducing the strength of the strap any more than having a wet one.

  64. nick abel

    nick abel

    15 uur geleden

    Learned when doing flatbedding. Twist strap so its don't sing. All that flapping will not only wear out your strap but loosen as you go down the Rd. I always used more straps then required anyway

  65. A


    15 uur geleden

    Because of the sounds you heard.

    • A


      15 uur geleden

      & of what you saw when the world slowed down.

  66. Sean Arel

    Sean Arel

    15 uur geleden

    what did u do with all the broken straps would u maybe be interested in donating them the ratchets r still good

  67. Je Gr

    Je Gr

    15 uur geleden

    One time I ran over the tail of the strap that had come loose and was hanging down with the rear tire of the truck, that caused the strap to explode off the truck and go flying into the median. We pulled over and went and found it, ratchet was all jacked up.

  68. Jambo


    15 uur geleden

    Earned my sub.

  69. Story of Stargazer

    Story of Stargazer

    16 uur geleden

    In order for a ratchet strap to meet full load it needs 3 full wraps on the barrel

    • sixfootbear


      5 uur geleden

      Does it? I pull as much slack as I can through the slot in the barrel then increase the load on the strap by tightening the ratchet as much as I can.If too much strap comes through that tightening I release the ratchet and start again. After a short time driving I stop and check all the straps tightening where,and if, needed. My boss calls me a perfectionist.I disagree with him.

  70. Zeke Peters

    Zeke Peters

    16 uur geleden

    As a trucker who pulls flat decks, we always put 1 twist in the strap

  71. Eric Shimer

    Eric Shimer

    16 uur geleden

    Nice to see someone testing these

  72. Zigglerdude


    16 uur geleden

    Mad respect my friend. Very well informed video. As a current truck driver of 6 years, I can attest to the single twists efficacy. From hauling metal, decking and sheetrock, to shingles and commercial roofing products; those ratchets do what they're made to do. I agree with your assessment of the single twist reducing the flap and noise from a flat strap. I don't ever leave the yard without checking my straps are tight and twisted. Kudos! Think I'll drop a sub to your channel as well

  73. Darron Coates

    Darron Coates

    17 uur geleden

    What about 'shock' loading? I know some aircraft components failed at different times from slow consistent loading to a rapid onset of load. Same for metal chain systems.

  74. Ohso_loso


    17 uur geleden

    Where’s the one twist wet?

  75. GordoBlue


    17 uur geleden

    Awesome tests man!

  76. Kyle Biederman

    Kyle Biederman

    17 uur geleden

    Great video. Thanks

  77. The Train Station

    The Train Station

    17 uur geleden

    You're generating heat at the ratchet strap (and even more at the knot). That's creating a weak point. Do this again but with a constant flow of cold water on the ratchet and you should see an improvement.

  78. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise

    17 uur geleden

    Nice workshop. Nice testing. Everything was perfect.

  79. Jayden Palm

    Jayden Palm

    17 uur geleden

    Oh you use Rachet straps and make sure it’s not twisted? I just use duct tape… that roll of tape will do anything

  80. Rx7man


    17 uur geleden

    Good job, I'd be willing to bet the difference gets higher if you've driven 1000 miles with the untwisted strap chaffing itself to death compared to the 1 twist strap that sits there still.. whenever I can I put a twist in them, I've seen ALL the heavily loaded lumber trucks do it, and this proves why!

  81. JoeCubicle


    18 uur geleden

    I could do this kind of stuff for a living... oh, like you. Are you hiring?

  82. Johnsons and Garcias adventures

    Johnsons and Garcias adventures

    18 uur geleden

    Dot now says you can twist safety chains as well as ratchet straps

  83. leonidude


    18 uur geleden

    And you will still having people spewing out the same old bullshit just because they heard it somewhere.

  84. Jenelle Lopez

    Jenelle Lopez

    18 uur geleden

    Thanks bro good tips

  85. Mike


    18 uur geleden

    5 million views?? WOW!!!

  86. Squeegee Squeegee

    Squeegee Squeegee

    18 uur geleden

    id love to have a link to these exact straps...not just ones that look like them...this exact brand cause you have officialy tested and proved this product

    • Squeegee Squeegee

      Squeegee Squeegee

      18 uur geleden

      calranch max load?

  87. outdoorfun inthesun

    outdoorfun inthesun

    19 uur geleden

    Cool video. Nice shop with some awesome tools.

  88. *IAC*


    19 uur geleden

    9433# No Twist - 8847 # Wet = a ~6.21% reduction in Strength.

  89. Trucker ManJr

    Trucker ManJr

    19 uur geleden

    Thank you for proving what I already knew

  90. NOOOKevin


    19 uur geleden

    they are all rated to a certain weight limit.. why do a test when its written on the packet

  91. Chris Schlis

    Chris Schlis

    19 uur geleden

    Very helpful! Thanks!

  92. Paid By The Mile

    Paid By The Mile

    20 uur geleden

    Yeah uh so coming from a trucker we put only a half twist in each strap on each side of the trailer for two reasons. 1. Deflects wind. 2. Allows strap to become more rigid and maintain its level of "tightness" Twists dont add strength. Even Swift drivers know that shit.

  93. phoenix21studios


    20 uur geleden

    1. this wasn't scientific at all, you have to do multiple tests on each set ups to get an average. 2. the twists are not "bites" (bends in the rope that change its direction) but if you notice where the strap DOES break, its near the bite which is where it is reduced by 50%.

  94. aera6413


    20 uur geleden

    So i may be late, but I'll ask anyway. If one twist added strength over control, but a wet straight strap slightly lost strength under control, is it safe to say that a twisted wet strap would be as strong or slighlty under the strength of a dry straight strap (control) but have less strength than a dry twist or would things be inverse because of the moisture/wetness?

  95. WarrantOfficer Polaris

    WarrantOfficer Polaris

    20 uur geleden

    Curb your facts

  96. bravo bravo

    bravo bravo

    20 uur geleden

    The test I think you could add would be to take the strap to 3000kg and then let it cool. Then take it higher. As you've noted the failure appears to have some relation to heat. I'd imagine when they test these in a lab they will do a shock test but they'll also do a test over a longer period. It goes without saying it is never wise to operate a strap or load device anywhere near the safe working load

  97. Sing Spud

    Sing Spud

    20 uur geleden

    More twists stiffen the strap. If you measured the stretch and plot vs max load you should have a nice positive relationship.

  98. Harrison Edwards

    Harrison Edwards

    20 uur geleden

    I like this. Would dynamic shock loading result in higher forces? As opposed to a slow increase. Such as an accident as first stated

  99. J Pol

    J Pol

    21 uur geleden

    Great job of testing and valuable results to anyone who uses ratchet straps. I'll give em one half twist from now on and know it'll be good. Thanks. Jpol.

  100. Daniel Muscarella

    Daniel Muscarella

    21 uur geleden

    I learned as a kid from fishing that a knot in your line was a no no.