Performance Tool 8-Piece Tie-Down Kit Review

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Review of the Performance Tool 8-Piece Tie-Down Kit


Randy: Hey guys, it's Randy here at etrailer.com. Today we're taking a look at a kit from performance tool, it's gonna be a tie down kit. So it includes two 10 foot ratchet straps with hooks on each end, it's gonna include two wraparound straps or cinch straps that are 15 foot long, also ratcheting, and we're gonna have two short and two long bungees. Shorter ones are gonna be about 15, the longer ones are gonna be about 24.Now, this kit's gonna be a good thing to have around, especially if you're used to hauling different things at different times. If this is a setup you use all the time, you're probably gonna have dedicated straps for that. But if you're always hauling different stuff, it's nice to have options.

The ratchet straps are gonna allow us to secure things down, cinch straps are gonna allow us to bundle things up, and then the bungees can help us just to tidy up some of the small loose ends. All of these are gonna come in a carrying case too, so they're pretty easy to store.Now, as far as the ratchet straps, these are gonna be straight light duty style straps, one inch wide, 10 foot total length with rubber coated S hooks at each end, allows us to get good firm grip on whatever we're gonna be using. The release handle here and the ratcheting handle itself is gonna be rubber coated. It's gonna save our fingers a lot of grief. We won't have the sharp edges to deal with.Overall, the body construction feels pretty good.

It certainly isn't the most heavy duty thing I've ever felt, but it's right in line with most of them you're gonna find with these kind of weight ratings. We've got the yellow zinc finish on any of the metal surfaces, so corrosion really shouldn't be an issue for us at all.The overall feel of the strap is gonna be kind of right in that middle range. It doesn't feel like the thinnest light duty strap I've ever felt, but it's certainly not the thickest either. Now, your cinch strap, same features there, we just don't have the hooks on either end. Our strap's gonna go from this point right here, allows us to wrap it around anything we want to secure down or bunch together, right back into itself.Now as far as weight ratings go, you always want to use that safe working low limit.

That's gonna be the maximum strain you want to put on it. All four of the straps are gonna have a 400 pound safe working load limit, our bungees are gonna have a 33 pound safe working load limit, so just keep that in mind. Make sure you're within your spec there. And we always recommend that you use more than one strap to secure anything down. That way if you have one failure, you still got a little bit of backup.Now, once you've got everything strapped down properly and everything's nice and secure, we're ready to hit the road.

Now here you can see the case that everything's gonna come in. We've got all four of our straps and our four bungees here. It's fairly good quality. This should hold up for quite a while. You can see there's a little bit of flex and give to it, but overall, it's gonna do a great job of keeping this nice, keeping these tidy, not letting moisture and stuff like that get on them. So, I think it will come in handy. Very easy to stick in under the seat, just throw in the toolbox, and just have them on hand.Now we'll show you how to install your straps. We're gonna set these up the same way, whether we're using the ratchet style with hooks, or the wraparound ratchet. We just want to take our tag end, and you can see the center barrel here, it's gonna have a slot in it. We want to bring that slot, or bring the strap rather, through the slot, so we've got our ratchet semi-open, and then we're just gonna loop that right back around. By pulling on this tag in, that allows us to choose the length we want our strap to be.And you can see kinda what just happened to me there. I had this hook on, but then it popped off. That's where a strap that has a keeper on it really comes in handy, 'cause then that's not gonna fall off. If it weren't real close here, it'd be a bit more of a challenge to get connected. But at that point, regardless of which one we use, it's time to move that ratchet. As we do that, it's gonna get the pressure that we want, get it tightened down where we want it, and we'll push our handle all the way down. That's gonna hold it in position. The rest of our strap, we just want to tidy that up.Now here you can see with our loop, it just comes around, loads right back in the ratchet, just like our other one, and we can get that cinched down. Again, just tidy up your excess. Now, to install your bungees of course, we're gonna have the large hooks on either end. Nice big throat, about the size of what you expect to see out of a standard S hook. Now these smaller ones here, they start off about 16 inches, they're gonna stretch out to about 26-28. On the longer straps, those are gonna start off about 27, and those can extend out to about 54.But just like any bungee you're used to, we'll bring that up and over to get that downward pressure. I like the flat strap rather than the rounded strap we're kind of used to. That's gonna prevent these from rolling off. So once we have them set in place, they do a good job of staying there.


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