Tie-down straps alone are not enough to secure your cargo during transport. The strong uplift force in high-speed situations may cause the straps to come off and leave your cargo unsecured. If you don't want your items damaged, you need to get heavy-duty cargo tie down anchors for your truck or trailer's strapping system. Each anchor comes with a mechanism that helps fasten the straps securely, so the cargo stays in place during travel. You need to consider a few things first before choosing a cargo tie down anchor set. We've come up with some tips to help you decide better.
What are the things to consider in choosing a cargo tie down anchor?
Strength - Tie down anchors are generally strong enough to secure virtually all types of cargo, but they may also break under extremely heavy weight. We recommend choosing anchors with a load capacity that matches the weight rating of the cargo you'll be transporting. This way, the weight will be evenly distributed, and you don't have the worry about the anchors giving up in the middle of the journey. Extremely heavy cargo may need anchors with a weight capacity of up to 40,000 pounds. For lighter load, anchors with a 1,000-lb. weight capacity would be enough.
Type - The most common tie-down anchor type is the D-ring. It's very simple and easy to install, but it comes with a high weight capacity for heavy-duty applications. Another type of anchor is the E-track. Unlike traditional anchors with only one fixed point, E-tracks have a series of slots so that you can choose the best position for the straps. E-tracks give you more freedom to select exactly where to anchor the straps, so we recommend this type if you're hauling cargos of different sizes regularly. The newest type of anchor is the airline track. Like the E-track, it also has various anchor points for flexibility and has a high load capacity. Airline track anchors have low profiles, making them less obtrusive. These anchors won't get in the way even if you haul stuff around, so we recommend this type for larger cargos.
What is the cost of a cargo tie down anchor?
Some manufacturers offer a combined triple-plated chrome and zinc cargo tie down anchor for less than $20 each. If you're planning to buy more than one anchor, then the price can go up to $120 for a set of six. For high-grade anchors, the price can shoot up to around $40 each. If you want more savings, we recommend cargo tie down anchors that cost around $20 for a set of two.