A ratchet type load binder is a tool used to secure and tighten heavy loads, such as those transported on flatbed trailers. It is also known as a ratchet chain binder or simply a ratchet binder.
The binder consists of a ratcheting mechanism, a handle, and two hooks that attach to a chain. To use the binder, the hooks are attached to the ends of the chain and the binder is placed over the load. The handle is then used to ratchet the binder, which tightens the chain and secures the load in place.
Ratchet type load binders are preferred over lever type load binders because they offer greater leverage and can apply more tension to the chain. They are also safer to use because the ratcheting mechanism prevents the load from accidentally releasing during transport. However, it's important to follow safety precautions when using any type of load binder, including wearing appropriate personal protective equipment and properly securing the load.
Ratchet type load binders come in a variety of sizes and capacities to accommodate different load sizes and weights. When selecting a binder, it's important to choose one that is rated for the weight and type of load being transported, and to inspect the binder regularly for wear and damage. It's also important to follow the manufacturer's instructions for use and maintenance to ensure safe and effective operation.