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Polyethylene tie down

The DoNova PowerLash Textile Lashing Chain and Tie Down System is made of high-performance Dyneema fiber. The ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene material is 15 times stronger than steel by weight and, when made into chain, up to 85 percent lighter. The chain has extremely low moisture absorption, and is self-lubricating, highly resistant to corrosive chemicals, and 15 percent more resistant to abrasion than carbon steel. It is available with a working load limit up to 22,000 lbs., more than that of 1/2-in. steel chains and just under the 22,600-lb. limit of 5/8-in. steel chain.

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The DoNova PowerLash Textile Lashing Chain suits the new DoRa Ratcheting Load Binder.

At three-quarters as long as a standard model, the new DoRa Ratcheting Load Binder fits into tighter spaces and expands to enable users to reach twice as far. The key to the DoRa Ratcheting Load Binder’s compact size and remarkable tensioning length is its patented spindle-in-a-spindle ratchet configuration. The unique design allows the ratchet housing to be significantly shorter by enabling one threaded spindle to retract by screwing inside the other. When extended, the DoRa’s longer spindle length gives users twice the tensioning distance of other load binders, allowing users to start out with a tighter chain and to perform multiple retensionings without the need to disengage the binder’s clevis hooks from its chains.

The compact size and extra length of the DoRa save users time and trouble because they don’t have to detach and reattach chains when periodically retensioning cargo. Load securement devices commonly slacken as cargo shifts during vehicle movement. Drivers are required to inspect both their cargo and its securement before driving their vehicle and after traveling 50 miles from where the cargo is loaded. Periodic inspections are also mandatory when there is a change in duty status for the driver, the vehicle has been driven more than three hours, or the vehicle has been driven for 150 miles.

“With double the tensioning length, our patented DoRa Ratcheting Load Binder virtually eliminates the time and effort needed to disengage cargo securement chains for retensioning,” says Doleco USA President Ralph Abato. “And by engineering the DoRa to be 20 percent shorter than standard load binders, it can fit in spaces others simply can’t. The DoRa’s longer spindles enable drivers to reach farther, so less exertion is required to remove slack from chains during initial tensioning. The longer spindles also mean more reserve length is available for periodic chain retensioning.” — Doleco USA, Meriden, Conn., 203/440-1940; www.doleco-usa.com