You might think ratchet strap strength is too simple a concept for this discussion, but there’s actually more to the topic than meets the eye. Ratchet straps have both a breaking-strength rating and a working load limit. Breaking strength, as you would expect, is the amount of weight that would cause the strap to fail. More important is the working load limit. It’s important to know the weight of the maximum cargo you might haul and get straps sufficient for the task. For instance, if you plan to haul a half-ton (1,000-pound) load, you’ll need at least 1,000 pounds of working load limit. That means at least two straps of a minimum of 500 pounds. Even better would be two straps with a 700-pound maximum load limit, which far exceeds the strength necessary and alleviates worry. Just as important as the strength is securing ratchet straps properly and tightly.