Come Along Vs. Ratchet Strap

I was recently invited to an offroading event after purchasing a second-hand 4X4 vehicle. I decided to go to the event with one of my friends joining me. The roads to the event location were bad, and some vehicles got stuck in the mud. Some guys got involved in a heated discussion about Come along vs. Ratchet strap.

When comparing a come along with a ratchet strap, one must look at the design specification. A Come along is designed to pull loads closer to each other, while a ratchet strap is designed to secure loads. A Come along is best used as a winch, while a ratchet strap is best for securing.  

A come-along and a ratchet strap have different functions. People tend to find ways to use devices for the wrong application, and then they call it a hack. The problem remains that the device can fail without notice because it is not used for its intended purpose. We will look at research and data from experts and use them throughout this post.

Come-Along Vs. Ratchet Strap

End users should use devices like a come-along and a ratchet strap should in a way that will align with the design purpose. This post section will look at manufacturer specifications to establish which of these two devices is the best. Both these devices are available from a local general store.

We can all agree that people will take more shortcuts in their own private capacity than when they have to follow safety procedures as part of their job, and in some cases, unsafe actions will be taken when there is a lack of knowledge.

Join me in reaching a conclusion based on data from manufacturers and experts in various industries, including transport, construction, and lifting. Each judging criteria will be listed under its own headings to make it easier to follow along.

Come-Along Vs. Ratchet Strap- Which Is Best For Winching?

Winching requires a device to pull a load horizontally, so using a come-along will be the best option. The reason that the come-along is the best for this purpose is that a come-along was designed exactly for this purpose. A come-along is marked with a rated capacity, and some experts refer to a come-along as a puller.

The term puller will tell you that this device is perfect for winching. A ratchet strap does not have the same capabilities for pulling loads as the come-along because a ratchet strap is designed to pull loads together in short spaces, and the capabilities of this device are limited to how much of the strap can fit on the ratchet drum.

Come-Along Vs. Ratchet Strap- Best One To Secure Loads?

The design characteristics of a ratchet strap make this device the best one to use between a come along and a ratchet strap. The ratchet strap is the best option for this task because it is designed to secure various loads onto trailers and vehicles. A ratchet strap pulls loads securely onto the deck of a trailer or vehicle using the strap and ratchet system.

If you want to make the strap ratchet more effective in securing a load onto a trailer or vehicle, the strap needs to pass through the ratchet drum to reduce the amount of slack the end-user must pull through the system. A come-along is great at pulling loads but does not do well in securing loads because it does not have a locking function like a ratchet strap.

When a load is secured by a ratchet strap enough not to cause damage but is tight enough for the load to not shift during transport, the user will have to lock the device into position. In most cases, a load is secured onto the deck of a vehicle vertically, and because a come-along is designed to work horizontally, this device does not do so well.

Come-Along Vs. Ratchet Strap- Best One To Lift Loads

Neither one of these devices is designed to lift loads, but the come-along would do better when you need to lift something like a stump from a hole. If you were to dig a trench on the pulling side next to the stump, the come along would be able to get a better angle to get the stump out of the hole effectively.

A come-along will do better because it has a longer reach than a ratchet strap. Some people have attempted to lift objects with un-approved devices like ratchet straps, but the manufacturers do not suggest that you use a come-along or a ratchet strap for lifting. We have more suitable devices like lever and chain hoists to do the heavy lifting.

Some of the resources I found during my research indicate that you can use ratchet straps for lifting and pulling vehicles from mud, but we know that to use them for that purpose might be disastrous; for example, one of the forums mentions that a ratchet came loose from a strap and went through the windscreen of another vehicle, luckily nobody was injured.

As we have seen from this post so far, every type of equipment has its own normal purpose and its strengths and weaknesses; if we use the equipment for other purposes, it could lead to severe impacts on humans and nature as well as on property. It is best to stick to the intended purpose.


I enjoyed writing about this topic, and I hope you enjoyed reading this post just as much. I think that we gathered enough data to conclude that a Ratchet strap and a come-along are two very different devices and that each has its advantages and disadvantages based on its design characteristics.

A come-along is a great tool when it is used to pull objects and loads horizontally, and a ratchet strap is effective when loads need to be strapped onto vehicles or trailers. If devices like a come-along and a ratchet strap are used for purposes other than what they were designed for, it is difficult to predict what might go wrong. 


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