Straps or Chains for trailering?

LarryBud

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I’m going to need to haul my tractor with FEL and Rotary mower. I have a double axel car hauler rated for the job. I need to purchase either a set of chains and binders or HD Straps. I see they are about 50/50 on the thread of pictures with loaded trailers.

I like the idea of straps for ease of use, storage and no scratches. Downsides?
 

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4 straps for the tractor and 1 strap for the loader and bucket and 1 strap for the rotary cutter.
Just make sure the straps don't ride or rub on anything sharp.
 
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Geezer3d

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I prefer straps for the same reasons you listed. The only down side is that a strap can wear or cut if you aren't careful about how you put them on.

Edit: Wolfman beat me to it. :cool:
 
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Chains and binders are my choice.
 
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RDinNHandAZ

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I too use chains and binders. If you get the binders that lever over then have a few bungies to keep the levers from opening. Never lost anything but several times a binder opened. Not a good feeling. And yes I have straps too and would not fear using them. If you go with straps get them way over rated for the load.
 

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I'm a chain & binders guy, because that is what I was taught years ago.
I do strap the implements down.
 

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I think chains and binders make me more comfortable with the security of the load…
 
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rc51stierhoff

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I started with straps (I was cheap and not trailering much at all). Once I started to travel to another property (4hrs away) regularly the straps wore pretty quick and I went to chains and binders. If not going far or very often the. Maybe straps make sense from $$ point of view. From a durability I think chains and binders. Load is also much more secure with chains and binders IMO. I think chains and binders are just as fast if not faster.
 
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ferguson

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I’m going to need to haul my tractor with FEL and Rotary mower. I have a double axel car hauler rated for the job. I need to purchase either a set of chains and binders or HD Straps. I see they are about 50/50 on the thread of pictures with loaded trailers.

I like the idea of straps for ease of use, storage and no scratches. Downsides?
You need to check your state DOT laws / Here in W V my L3130 at 3,600 lb requires chains / 2" straps would hold it fine and are easier to use but not legal. My 2 cents
 

NCL4701

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Chains and ratchet binders. Mostly because that’s what I’ve been doing successfully for 40 years and thousands of miles with various types of equipment.
 
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The Evil Twin

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You need to check your state DOT laws / Here in W V my L3130 at 3,600 lb requires chains / 2" straps would hold it fine and are easier to use but not legal. My 2 cents
Can you point me to that? I haul a 9800 lb vehicle in WV and only use wheel straps. I'm not commercial so that could make a difference. Been pulled over for bypassing a weigh station but once I said private transfer they apologized and let me roll on.
 
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PaulR

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Damn.
I'm 51 years old and I still use straps.
How old do you have to be to prefer chains???
:LOL::p
 
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GreensvilleJay

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I use both, prefer chains for everything, then a few straps for extra protection. A case of more is better, especially if the DOT/MOT are about ! Never been pulled over and said I had too many holding down a load.
Be SURE to lower the 3ph implement ! Sadly there's a 'thread' about a rockshaft/diffcase being destroyed posted here, 2-3 weeks ago....