Care & use of webbing tiedowns

To Restrain

  • Secure hooks to suitably rated rails or tiedown fixings on either side of load.
  • Insert free end of long (main) webbing strap through slot in ratchet buckle centre cam and take up the slack.
  • Move handle up and down to take up the webbing until strap is taught. Do not over-tighten or you may damage cargo.
  • Main webbing strap should be of sufficient length to accommodate at least two or three full revolutions around the centre cam.
  • Push handle down flat to secure in place.

To Release

  • Pull back on ratchet buckle release lever and hold.
  • Pull handle up and over so device is fully open.
  • Pull webbing strap up to loosen and remove from slot.

Note: Lightly lubricate all ratchet buckle moving parts on a regular basis.


Handling of webbing tiedowns


To ensure continued safety and an extended service life from your Cookes tiedown assembly, please read and adhere strictly to the following information.

These recommendations apply to the use of webbing ratchet tiedown assemblies in road transport. Whilst some of the more general recommendations apply throughout the field of use of such products, it is important to realise that in some applications different requirements may apply.

  • Always inspect tiedowns prior to use.
  • Ensure Lashing Capacity markings are legible.
  • Do not use webbing load restraints if the webbing or hardware is damaged. If in doubt replace or seek professional advice before use.
  • Ensure that sufficient tiedowns are used and that they are strong enough to secure the load.
  • Where anti-chafing sleeve are supplied, ensure these are placed where edges or corners of the load come in contact with the webbing.
  • Do not allow modifications or repairs to be carried out by anybody other than a recognised webbing tiedown manufacturer.
  • Do not tie knots in webbing lashings.
  • Do not increase the tension on the webbing by the use of levers or bars.
  • Make use of anchorage points which are at least equal in strength to the tiedown.
  • Ensure that the sum of the lashing capacity of the total tiedowns used is at least equivalent to the mass of the load and that the vehicle has at least one tiedown every 1.5m along the length of the load. Note: Complex loads are likely to require additional tiedowns. Refer to New Zealand Truck Loading Code for further information.
  • Ensure the vehicle’s load space and the condition of it’s load platform are suitable and adequate for the type and size of the load.
  • Always ensure that the front of the load is abutted against the headboard of the vehicle or some other FIXED restraint, taking care not to overload any of the axles.
  • Check the security of the load:
    • before moving off.
    • before entering public roads.
    • at regular intervals throughout the journey.
    • on any occasion when unusual road conditions may have altered the tension of the webbing.
    • following removal of any items from, or addition of any items to, the load during the journey.


Storage of tiedowns

Always store webbing load restraints in a clean and dry area out of direct sunlight when not in use. Avoid exposure to acids, alkalis or temperatures in excess of 90°C.

When to remove tiedowns from service

Synthetic tiedows should be removed from service when their are signs of; 

  • Holes, tears & snagging
  • Chemical damage 
  • Excessive Abrasion
  • Broken or Worn Stitching

Holes, tears & cuts

Chemical Damage

Excessive Abrasion

Broken or worn Stitching