Originally Posted by Rhandhali
I got ratchet straps from a harbor freight. I didn't have a way to cut the hooks off so I took a metal chisel and kind of wedged it into the gap where the hook is bent around the strap and widened it enough to slip the strap out. Took about 10 minutes.
I don't have cutters either, so I took two round files, shoved them a couple inches in the clip, crossed the long ends into an 'X' shape, and then pulled the clip apart. It's a cheap clip, and just breaks right off--took about 10 seconds.