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Battery Torque Wrench Application: Flatbed Cable Tie Downs

Whether it’s by rail or over the road trucking, flatbed transit has long had difficulties when it comes to securing heavy loads with cable tie downs.

These tie downs – which are typically wire ropes or heavy-duty nylon straps secure items like lumber, steel and machinery on the backs of trucks or rail cars.

And for a long time, applying the proper torque on flatbed tie downs using a ratchet mechanism was difficult and dangerous. The only way to achieve the necessary torque was to attach a long pipe onto the end of the ratchet and pull.

There are two significant problems with this method:

  1. No one was exactly sure what torque was being applied to the tie downs.
  2. The person pulling on the pipe could easily slip, fall and sustain a back or arm injury.

Then the RAD torque tool company developed an ideal solution to this problem.

1000-2 battery torque wrench-1The B-RAD 1000-2 battery torque wrench not only applies specific torque, it does so with the simple pull of the tool’s trigger.

The torque requirements for tie-down applications are typically between 300 and 600 ft/lbs. The B-RAD 1000-2 tool has a torque range of 200 to 1,000 ft/lbs., making it an ideal tool for these jobs.

In addition, the B-RAD 1000-2 has a high-speed run-down gear for quickly taking up the loose wind-up of the cable before it becomes tight.


Watch this video to see the B-RAD 1000-2
in action and contact Maxpro Corporation to test out this torque tool yourself. We are the nation’s leading supplier of RAD torque tools and are proud to count this innovative new wrench among our offerings.

With our help, you’ll be able to take comfort in the knowledge that the load on your flatbeds will make their trip safely and securely.

SPECIAL NOTE: If you are new to the topic of flatbed tie downs or, are looking for general requirements and solutions, we came across this interesting whitepaper from Purdue University titled, “Securing the Load: A Guide to Safe and Legal Transportation of Cargo and Equipment”. You might want to give it a look.

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