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How to Use the Lashing Strap with a Hand Winch?

When transporting any heavyweight stuff, there is a need to take certain safety precautions to ensure that the cargo or equipment can be delivered to its destined place. The most common of them all safety precautions is strapping the load onto the surface of the vehicle. Before jumping to the process of using a lashing strap, let's have a look at what exactly a lashing strap is. The strap used for strapping the loads needs to have as much strength as is viable to be effective enough to hold the load without breaking out. For this reason, lashing straps are made of polyester but specifically composite polyester because of the strength it gives off to the strap. The quality of a composite lashing strap matters a lot as if the quality is not up to the mark, then your lashing strap won't be hand winched properly, which will result in accidental damage of the load. The quality of the composite lashing strap needs to be up to the usual standard of quality. Don't go for cheap local options, they might look very affordable, but they will cost you a lot later by damaging your load. Go for best selling composite lashing strap options for the sake of preventing your own loss. 

Hand Winching a Lashing Strap is Easier Than You Think:

As much as a lashing strap is essential for fastening loads, a hand winch is equally important for the same purpose. It enables the strapping of the lashing strap onto the load. Otherwise, it won't be possible. These both work in conjunction as a fastener to secure the load. Here is how a hand winch and a lashing strap go together:

  • First, you will have to hook the lashing strap around the load at one side.
  • On the opposite side, the hand winch also has to be hooked around the load. 
  • A hand winch is like a device that has a cavity inside it through which the lashing stripe has to be passed.
  • After passing the lashing strip through the cavity, you need to keep dragging the lashing strap through the cavity onto the drum of the hand winch.
  • After this, the lashing strap is tensioned enough onto the load, and the load is adequately secured at its place.
  • Once the load is secured, you need to lock the lashing strap into the hand winch. 
  • Your load is now secured by a hand winched lashing strap. 
  • To remove the lashing strap, you will have to unlock the hand winch first.
  • After unlocking the hand winch and opening its lever fully, you can release the lashing strap from it.
  • Then you can unhook the lashing strap and hand winch.

Different Lashing Straps Have Different End Fittings:  

Lashing straps are also in a variety of end fittings, making it easier to choose a lashing strap whose hook will work perfectly for you. 

  • Flat Hooks:

Flat hooks are good and compatible to use for flat anchor points. They are very good to use as they are made of steel and won't corrode or rust in any environment. 

  • J-Hooks:

As the name indicates, these hooks are j-shaped and are good to use with trailer sides, D-rings and O-rings.

  • Chain Hooks:

These hooks are attached to a chain, and the chain is attached to the strap. This gives more length to the strap and also gives increased strength to it. 

  • Wire Hooks:

Wire hooks are good to use in inaccessible spaces where any other hook won't reach the anchoring point easily. These hooks are very convenient to use.

  • S-Hooks:

These hooks are also very easy to use and are s-shaped, as the name indicates. 

  • Snap Hooks:

These hooks are good for more safety of your goods as they are locked on the anchoring point and won't open at any disturbance caused by the moving vehicle.

  • Twisted Snap Hooks:

These are somewhat similar to snap hooks, and the only difference is that these are twisted, as the name indicates.

  • R-Hooks:

These are also named after their shape, which is R-like, and these hooks can also be found in lashing straps.

  • T-Hooks:

These hooks are also present in lashing straps, and they look like the letter T as the name indicates.

  • Shackle Hooks:

These hooks are the strongest lashing strap end fittings. They have a lock-like functioning, so they are locked at the anchoring point.


This is how a lashing strap can be fastened with a hand winch very easily. There is no need to go after electric winches because hand winches are very convenient and economical. Just keep your anchoring points in consideration before getting a lashing strap and a hand winch. This will help you select the right lashing strap, an end fitting that can fit perfectly in your anchoring point.