As with any rigging hardware, selecting the proper load binder and chain for the job is critical to securing a safe load.

Chains and load binders must fit together as well as be matched in capacity. While Grade 70 Transport chain is still the most common chain type to be used for load securement, Grade 80 and Grade 100 Alloy chains, with their higher working load limits, are gaining in popularity. The use of these chains has caused load binder manufacturers to examine the capacity of their products. While many load binders will physically fit multiple sizes of chains, it is possible that their capacity is not sufficient for a higher grade of chain. Most load binders are marked with the maximum working load limit. Always verify that the capacities of the securement equipment being used are adequate.

There are also differences in quality of the forgings, number of loose or removable pieces, rust-proofed springs, import or domestic, barrel length, folding and locking handles, lever handles vs. ratcheting handles, ratchet mechanisms, etc. Selection often comes down to personal preference and budget.

Whichever brand, style, or model is chosen, rigging the load correctly is a must. Always follow safety regulations and observe working load limits. Handle extenders (cheater bars) should never be used with ratchet or lever binders. Always inspect the chain prior to use, and remove cracked, worn, or defective chain from service.

A complete guide to the rules and regulations can be found at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website at: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/cargo-securement/cargo-securement-rules.

Tri-State Wire Rope locations in Cincinnati and Dayton, and Kentuckiana Wire Rope each stock a complete line of load binders including Crosby, Peerless, CM, Durabilt, and more. Selection varies by location and special orders are always welcome if you’re in need of items not kept in stock.