Straps Or Chains

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Straps or chains… recently argued with a new driver. Straps or chains on a steel coil. Let’s say, a 40,000 pound coil. Would love to hear comments.

Chief Brody's Comment
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First of all it depends on how the coil is loaded. Is it shotgun, suicide, or God forbid you have a 40,000 lb coil palletized eye to the sky?

Regulations don't say that you have to use chains. But you do have to run your tie downs through the center of the coil. The problem is with the 40,000 lb coil I would want at least six tie downs. At least five chains through the coil and then one strap over the top. I don't see any way that you're going to get five 4 inch wide straps through the center of the coil. There just isn't enough room.

Plus, I don't see how you can get good securement with the straps because the angles you're going to have to use running them through the coil is not conducive to having equal tension on both anchor points.

Not to mention edge protection. If for some reason my edge protection slips on the chains, the coil is not going to cut through the chains. if my edge protection slips out from under the strap that coil will cut through that strap in 5 minutes.

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I concur chief. The problem seems to be with the FMC essay book. It says tiedown. Not chains. The kid was arguing with me left and right, I told him chains, and I really didn’t have a good argument because the good book didn’t specify chains. Wondering if anyone out there knows of a regulation specifying chains on steel coils loaded shotgun or suicide?


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PackRat's Comment
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You could show this picture next time a debate begins.


I don't pull flatbed, but from I've read and seen on here over the years, my vote would be chains. Lots of 'em. Plus a bulkhead and a headache rack.


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