Yep. The buckle is low quality, but it would be going in the trash bin anyhow.
Can also either cut the threads making the box stitch that makes the loop hold the buckle, or just cut it right off and heat seal the end to prevent fraying, than sew your own loop with a box stitch. I have salvaged some straps this way when they were deemed too damaged to reach across the trailer.
just a thought! Betsy
Is it safe to assume that any ratchet straps are polyester? I went to WalMart automotive section looking for 1 inch ratchet straps. Found them, but label didn't say they were polyester.
Concerning 1 inch ratchet strap by Cequent at Walmart. I called the company's toll free number and gave them the product number. The product engineer told me the straps are polyester. The phone call took about 2 minutes. If newbies are ever in doubt about a product, like I often am, I recommend giving a call to any company's customer service.
The strap is 14 feet long and costs $7. It's not as cheap as Strapworks webbing but since I'm not buying a lot of webbing, it's cheaper for me due to Strapworks shipping charges.
If weight is a concern, I believe the Strapworks 1" seatbelt webbing may be lighter. Something to check into.
Product Specs: Company: Cequent - Product # 11601 14' Standard Duty Ratchet
Break strength 1500 lb. Black webbing
Last edited by HappyCamper; 02-22-2008 at 11:06.
Has anyone ever calculated the minimum load bearing requirements for the different elements in a support system? It may be a moot point to keep bashing about the load bearing ability of one thing or another if we don't know what standard we need to meet or exceed.
Sometimes even a Blind Hog finds an Acorn
I cut the cam buckles off and sewed two box-X's, one above the other, to form the loop, then cow hitched it to the hammock. (Not sure if this is good long term attachment, though. Just don't have anything else right now.)
For just a brief test hang with a 10-foot Z hammock, they did fine. Heading back to Harbor Freight today with my 99-cent ad in hand, 'cause I need some for 3 more hammocks!