How Quick is a Quickie?

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Bryan Irons @bryanirons Most think of a ratchet strap as a sim­ple tie down tool, but they can be used for so much more. The qual­ity of the ones lo­cally sourced has al­ways been an is­sue, but the USA-made Quickie made me a be­liever in the ratchet strap… again. Around the shop, the abuse never eases when it comes to po­si­tion­ing sus­pen­sion parts, some tight quar­ters lift­ing, and se­cur­ing parts to­gether for as­sem­bly. On the trail, in the in­cluded carry case, they are ready for odd jobs like re­seat­ing stub­born tire beads, tem­po­rar­ily se­cur­ing any bro­ken or bashed up com­po­nents, and hold­ing down any tool boxes or parts that could be­come pro­jec­tiles in the event of a mishap on the trail.

What makes the Quickie dif­fer­ent? As you can see in the pic… it’s rope! The web­bing that nor­mally suc­cumbs to UV dam­age, cuts dur­ing mi­nor abra­sion and gets tan­gled in knots at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity is long gone. The sec­ond ma­jor dif­fer­ence you no­tice is the cast alu­minum grip­ping mech­a­nism that al­lows for a tight grip on the rope. This al­lows you to ratchet from one end of the rope to the other with­out hav­ing to re­set them, or you can sim­ply pull on the loose end of the rope to ten­sion them quickly and use the han­dle to re­ally tighten them down.This de­sign also keeps the torque con­stant if so re­quired.

Trans­port Canada has ap­proved the Quickie with a 650 lbs rat­ing for the 3/8" ver­sion, the 1/4" with a 250 lbs, and a 1/8" ver­sion rated for 150 lbs. The pow­der coated metal han­dle mech­a­nism has non-slip plas­tic ends for easy use, but if you need more torque for what­ever job you're do­ing, there is a pro­vi­sion to in­sert a 1/2" square drive tool such as a ratchet or speed han­dle. Af­ter months of abuse and thou­sands of kilo­me­ters on the road with me, I’m hard-pressed to make a trip with­out the carry case of Quickie straps in the truck or on the trail. Win­ter snow and ice have not locked them up, I haven’t bent the han­dles or hooks at all, they laugh a mud and road grime, and al­ways hold their ten­sion.

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