Binder Chains and ratchet binders are tough tie down device , all these tie downs are made from steel, compare to tie down straps, the chains and binders have higher working load limit , say we compare grade 70 size 5/16” binder chain(which has 4700lbs WLL) to WLL 3333lbs 2” ratchet tie down straps , 3/8” chain(WLL around 6600lbs) to 4” tie downs(5400lbs max.) , you will see that compare to tie down straps, binder chains are much stronger, and chain binders are even stronger than same size chains, for instance, 5/16”-3/8” binder has WLL 5400lbs which is tougher than 4700lbs working load limit of 5/16” grade 70chain . Most often than not, we call transport chains binder chains, because these chains come with chain hook most of the time, the chains can hook into anchor points on the truck bed to restrain cargo on the truck.
These chains and binders are mostly used to haul big, heavy equipment, such as backhoe, bulldozer, these things are hard on straps, only carbon steel chains can sustain that kind of abuse , when we talk about backhoe, forklift, we need at least 3/8” grade 70 chains and binders to secure them, for something which has less weight we consider 5/16” chains are good fit, of course we still have 1/2” and up chains and binders, these chains will most likely be used to tie down something out of ordinary, such as battle tanks, or some other applications require super heavy duty chains.
Transport chains can be used for any purpose except overhead lifting. You can use these chains for tearing down trees, tow heavy objects, we some times use these chains to tow our mobile loading dock. We’ve seen forestry service companies use a lot of these transport chains and binders in their work as well. The most interesting application for these chains and binders are in trucking business, especially for those heavy machinery.