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Ancra Ergo 360 Winch Bar – Combination Box End$44.95PN: 50015-21
Ancra Ergo Winch Bar with Round End$39.95PN: 50015-20
Durabilt 35″ Winch Bar with Combo-Box End$25.95PN: WBA-CB-P
A winch bar is a safe and dependable cargo securement tool for flatbed trucks and trailers that give you the leverage needed to help secure the tie down straps and keep your load safe during transport.
Winch bars also ensure you can quickly and easily release the tie down straps, saving you time on the job.
Flatbed Winch Bars
Winch bars are an essential device to have in your load securement toolbox, especially when transporting heavy-duty loads.
Keep the following in mind when shopping for winch bars (also called winch tie down bars, trailer winches, tie down bars, strap bars, and flatbed winch bars):
Types of Winch Bars
Buying the best winch bar for a truck, whether it’s your trailer or flatbed, means choosing between these types of winches:
Standard Winch Bar
A standard winch tie down bar works just like a classic lever since you have full control over the tensioning and releasing process.
The tapered mushroom nose piece prevents the winch bar from slipping out of the winch, and this makes using this securement tool a whole lot easier.
These kinds of winch bars are designed so truckers can achieve the maximum leverage to effortlessly tighten and secure the tie down straps.
Standard winch bars generally come in black painted or chrome-plated finishes.
Combination Winch Bar
A combination winch bar has a modified hollow end on the opposite side of the mushroom tip so it can slide over and release lever binders or ratchet straps.
Combination winch bars that have a square or box head combination offers extra security.
Truckers can use a combination tie down bar to tighten lever-style chain binders. It’s essential to note that you should never use a standard winch bar with these types of binders.
Lever binders can have a significant kickback when you release the binders, so to protect yourself, a square head combination winch bar reduces the recoil force because of its slightly pivot point.
Trison Tarps currently has the Durabilt 35” winch bar with a combo-box end in stock.
Ergo Winch Bars
Some tie down bars can be rotated 360 degrees, ensuring optimum leverage without needing to remove the tool from the winch.
These are called ergo winch bars or ergonomic winch bars.
Ergo strap bars decrease strain since you don’t need to contort your body and try to tighten or release tie down straps from uncomfortably low positions.
Ergo winch bars are available in standard, combination, and combination with square head bars.
At the moment, Trison Tarps has two types of ergo tie down winch bars for your trailer or flatbed truck:
Winch Bar Sizes
Here are some common winch bar sizes:
For standard winch bars:
For combination and ergonomic tie down bars:
Tips to Use Tie Down Strap Bars
How you use a winch bar to leverage tension on tie downs or straps depends on the type of winch bar you use.
You need to insert, remove, and repeat a standard winch bar into the winch end cap holes each time you want to tighten or release tension on a strap.
But when it comes to ratcheting winch bars, you can rotate the winch bar 360 degrees to leverage tension without needing to remove the securement tool each time.
The benefit of using a ratcheting winch bar is that it speeds up loading and unloading your cargo.
No matter what kind of winch bar you use, follow these tips on using winch bars for the best results:
- Grip the winch bar firmly.
- Only release the winch bar from the winch’s end cap when you’ve checked the pawl, which should be fully engaged between the ratchet or sprocket teeth.
- Stand clear to one side of the strap securement tool whenever you tension or release the tie down. This prevents injury in case the winch bar slips.
- Stand firmly when using the winch bar, especially in adverse weather conditions, such as when it rains or snows.
- Don’t use an extender (aka a cheater bar) with a winch bar.
Accessories for Winch Bars
Two accessories work well with winch bars, helping you make the most out of your cargo tie down system.
Ratcheting Winch Cap
A ratcheting winch cap will make your life easier.
Fit the cap over a weld-on, slide-on, or bolt-on winch, and your regular winch becomes a ratcheting winch so you can secure your loads faster and in a safer way.
Winch Strap Winder
For flatbed cargo haulers, a winch strap winder is a must.
Simply attach the strap winder to the flatbed’s side rail, and wind the excess tie down strap around the winch strap winder to keep it neat and secure.
Final Thoughts on Winch Bars
It’s essential to choose the best type of winch bar for your needs and comfort.
At the end of the day, these affordable and easy-to-use tension-creating cargo securement tools lets you create more tension to pull tie down straps tighter around your loads.
Choose Trison Tarps for your winch bar needs. And if you need help, reach out to our team of professionals today.
FAQs on Winch Bars
What are winch bars?
A winch bar is a lightweight and easy-to-use cargo securing tool that has a long metal bar (or handle) and a narrowed, tapered, or flanged mushroom head or tip (also called a nose piece).
Truckers insert the mushroom tip in both holes of the end cap of the winch on their trailer or flatbed, so it acts as a hand lever.
The winch bar adds tension to the tie down straps, ensuring the cargo is well-secured so it doesn’t move around or sustain damage during the transportation process.
What are the different types of winch bars to secure tie down straps?
Three main types of winch bars are available: standard winch bars, combination winch bars, and ergo winch bars.
Standard winch bars have a metal handle and a tapered mushroom tip that you hook onto the winch to leverage tension or release on your cargo straps.
Combination winch bars look like standard winch bars but they have a modified large hollow end on the one side of the handle so you can use it with lever, ratchet, or chain binders to help prevent kickback and injury.
Combination winch bars can have rounded or square heads.
Ergo winch bars come in standard and both combination tie down bar options, and these can be rotated 360 degrees to relieve strain and make cargo securement easier and faster.
What happens if a truck driver doesn’t insert the winch bar into both holes of the winch’s end cap?
Only placing the winch bar into one hole damages the winch and the tip of the winch bar.
The trucker can sustain injury when the winch bar and winch are damaged, and failure to secure the load with the straps is likely.