Straps or Chains for trailering?

Jchonline

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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.
Same for me. Buy once, they last a lifetime.
 

ferguson

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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.
It is commercial / i am not a commercial just alwayes did it that way (Shame on me for not reading the fine peint)
 
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GreensvilleJay

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re: I like the idea of straps for ease of use, storage and no scratches.

really, you're worried about 'scratches' ? Those add 'character' , show that you actually USE the tractor as it's supposed to be
 

Captain13

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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.
I usually wrap the binder with the excess chain. They will open up for sure sometimes if not secured. I’m trying out the ratchet type now. I like them but they are a PITA so far.
 

fried1765

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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
I am 81 years old (nearly 82), and still use straps, so you have at least another 30+ years to go.;)
I made some slide on/off 2' long sleeves out of EPDM for my straps, so wear/chafing is never an issue.
Chains are OK, and I have them, but straps with rubber sleeves do not tear up the machine paint.
 
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The Evil Twin

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I am 81 years old (nearly 82), and still use straps, so you have at least another 30+ years to go.;)
I made some slide on/off 2' long sleeves out of EPDM for my straps, so wear/chafing is never an issue.
Chains are OK, and I have them, but straps with rubber sleeves do not tear up the machine paint.
They make sleeves made of fire hose material. I've also used motorcycle tire tubes.
 

fried1765

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They make sleeves made of fire hose material. I've also used motorcycle tire tubes.
The EPDM rubber sleeves are much easier on the paint than fire hose, which has a coarse outer fabric.
 

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I use ratchet straps now, but will be replacing them with chains and binders. I always used chains in the past. But I didn't have to move a tractor for a few years until this past year with my LX2610. So recently I bought straps for the LX because they were alot cheaper. I regret that.
In my opinion, straps take longer to fasten than chains.
Only drawback is they don't build- load mount points from the factory on these newer fancy tractors.
I'll be welding on some chain hooks onto my LX next year.

By the way, I'm 60 years old and chains and binders is my preferred method due to experience with both methods.