If you’re a truck driver and you hate chaining, if you hate busting up your knuckles, getting covered in penetrating oil or dodging a cheater bar, slapping back at your face, then this is going to make your life a whole lot easier. Let’s take a look at Speedbinders, the tool making load securement simple, safe, fast, and smooth.
What is the story behind Speedbinders?
– Hey Steve, nice to meet you. I’m Ben.
– Nice to meet you, Ben.
– So can you tell me a little bit about yourself and tell me a bit about the Speedbinders here, how’d you come up with them?
– Sure, sure. Well, I’ve been a heavy equipment salesman for about 35 years. And in that job we tied down a lot of Bobcats, skid loaders, track loaders, buckets and stuff. And one day, tying down a Bobcat bucket and a half link popped through my pocket on the other side it loosened my whole chain up. So with a standard binder, I had to undo that and then grab three more links and then tighten it all up again. And it was very frustrating. It was very cold, windy, snowy. And I saw another binder there and saw the gear on it. I saw this gear here and imagined it on top of this one, the original Speedbinder was born.
What is a Speedbinder?
– So what is a Speedbinder? How does it work? What’s special about it?
– Okay. All right, well, what’s special about it is how we turn this barrel. So a standard binder, ratchet binder, you’re just turning this barrel that pulls these opposing threads inside to tighten your chain. What we do different is we have a worm gear here. Instead of doing this with a normal binder and wearing your shoulder out, you’re just using a drill. We’re just putting a drill on this bolt and you just pull the trigger.
– So no muscle work, just using a tool to tighten everything up?
What can you tie down with a Speedbinder?
– So what can you tighten down with this? Can you tighten down pretty much anything?
– Anything that you use a normal binder with.
What are the advantages of Speedbinders over traditional binders?
– So what are the advantages of using this Speedbinder as opposed to a traditional ratchet binder or a lever binder?
– Okay, well lever binders say on the handle, don’t use an extension, but everybody uses an extension. Sometimes those can slip and a lot of injury can can be the result of that. Ratchet binders, they tend to loosen up, and in their design they have a pawl with a spring and a ball. And over time that pawl gets a flat spot on it so it doesn’t stay engaged in the gear set. And so the guy cranks his finger in there, try to keep it engaged, and you end up with an injury there. Because we use a drill, we eliminate all that. And we last about three times longer, four times longer than a normal binder ’cause we don’t have that pawl and that ball, and that spring that’s wearing that part out. It’s a sealed gearbox. You know, in the winter we got salt brine, snow, mud, dirt. But because this is all sealed we’re protected from all that. The biggest part is we get it tight. So a normal ratchet binder, when you’re tightening it you get what’s called chain twist when you get to a higher tension. And you go to get three more clicks, that chain untwists and then it may twist again. Well, what we do, we have zero chain twist and all your pressure is loaded into this handle and that’s what keeps this tight.
Are there any safety precautions when using Speedbinders?
– Any safety precautions that you need to be aware of with Speedbinders?
– You need to respect the drill. The drill’s got a lot of power. You need to hang on to that, you know?
– Let’s test them out. Let’s go talk to Joe and see what we’re tying down today.
– All right.
What are we tying down?
– Hey Joe.
– Hey Ben.
– So what are we tying down today?
– So we got a Bobcat T76 track loader today, we’re going to tie it down using our Speedbinder product. So this Bobcat weighs about 10,500 pounds. Since it’s over 10,000 pounds we’re going to need four tie down points. We’re going to utilize our Speedbinder TD92, which has a working load limit of 9,200 pounds to tie it down.
– All right, well let’s test them out. Let’s put this thing on the trailer.
– Absolutely. Let’s do it.
How do Speedbinders work?
– So Joe, can you show us how the Speedbinders work and how we’re going to secure this Bobcat down to the trailer?
– Yeah, so for this Bobcat we’re going to use a four-point tie down. I’m going to demonstrate how we do one of those tie downs. I’m just going to take the binder with the threads extended, grab the chain, hook it on a link of that chain. This is where we grab the drill, make sure it’s in three, the high speed setting. Now, from a drill aspect, we use this DeWalt DCD991P2. It’s a great drill. It has over 800 inch pounds of torque which is what we’re looking for. But you can use any other, you know, good quality drill as long as it really has about 850 pounds, 800 pounds of torque.
– We’re going to put that on the drive bolt. We’re going to cradle it ’cause this drill does have a lot of torque. And we’re going to pull the trigger. As it tightens down you’ll start to feel the feedback on the drill. When it gets to that point you’re going to want to drop it down to one. The high torque range.
– Then put your drill back on, once again, cradle. And we’re going to tighten this all the way up. And you can see at that point we are super, super tight. We have good retention of that reaction bar. And we are ready to go.
– So is there a reason why you’ve got the short end down, long end up, or can you do whatever you want?
– Great question, so this reaction bar, we want it to be in contact with the deck. This offset gives us a best advantage to have good, low angle contact and maintain contact through our pull. What that does is prevent chain twist. So instead of ratcheting, fighting that chain twist, this reaction bar allows a straight tension pull. That’s how we’re able to get a tighter tension than a regular binder. Also, as you’re driving down the road going over potholes, railroad tracks, whatnot, this isn’t coming up and bouncing around. So it’s actually maintaining contact, keeping the tension in your load so that it’ll be tight when you get to where you’re going.
Can Speedbinders be used without a drill?
– Okay, so super easy with the drill. Now, what happens if your battery dies on your drill or you run it over, you just forget it. How can you get your load secured or get it unsecured?
– Absolutely. Yeah. So we always recommend having a backup battery. It’s great to have. Most drill kits do come with a backup battery.
– And these batteries have extremely long life. And so one of these batteries can last a user up to a week at a time. But always good to keep a backup. If a bad day’s happening, in a pinch, you can use a socket set,or pliers or a wrench, whatever basically, you have on you. Because of this 24 to one mechanical advantage, it takes 24 rotations of the drive bolt to get one rotation of the barrel. So that means even with a tight load, I can still loosen or unloosen it, which I’m unloosening it now very easily. It’s going to take a minute.
– Okay. So if you’re going to tighten it with this it’s no longer a Speedbinder, but you’ll get your load secured still. You’re not going to be stuck on the side of the road.
– No. You’ll get where you need to go, for sure.
What maintenance do Speedbinders need?
– Okay, and any sort of maintenance with the Speedbinders or-
– Like anything, you’ll want to keep it and carry it with love. We have a grease zerk right here, you’ll want to grease it. We say normally every 30 days, and then adjust from there as you get used to your binder. Also keep your threads and the end fittings clean. Any good binder needs to have those threads cleaned and lubed with whatever preferred lubricant you like. And then the drive bolt, it is a consumable over a period of a couple years. You might see the edges rounding out from the socket and the drill, that’s completely normal. We do sell rebuild kits for the drive bolt. All you have to do is remove these screws on the side plate. There’s a retaining pin, knock that out and replace it. We have some videos out there as well, showing that.
– So if you need to replace that stuff can you ship ’em back to Crosby? Can you buy the parts from a distributor?
– Yeah, go to Mazzella and they’ll be able to sell you the rebuild kits and the parts there.
– And you can just do it yourself?
– Yes, you can do it yourself. Takes about five to 10 minutes.
How do drivers in different industries feel about Speedbinders?
– All right, so looks pretty easy. What’s the feedback that you’ve gotten from truck drivers? Have these been out for a while and have people liked them?
– Yeah Ben, so the oldest ones have been out almost eight years now. We’ve gotten fantastic feedback from drivers across all industries, that being steel coil, rental equipment, heavy haul, specialized haul, and logging. Drivers say it makes them feel more energized throughout the week. Reduced shoulder pain, reduced elbow pain, reduced wrist pain. Also, especially in the steel coil industry, we have drivers that are skipping two trucks ahead just on time savings that they’re getting on tying down their load.
– We also have guys that have been in the industry running trucks for 30 plus years that are saying that this product is helping extend their career because they’re able to get their loads tight, now that they don’t have the same durability as they once did in their younger days.
Racing a Speedbinder vs. a ratchet binder
– We’re going to put the name to the test and we’re going to see how fast they are. I’m going to try to race a Speedbinder with a regular ratchet binder. We’re going to see how much easier they are, how much quicker they are. So let’s try that out.
– Good luck.
– Alright, Steve, so I’ve got a ratchet binder over here. We’re going to do a little race.
– Sure, yeah, I’m looking forward to this. What we want to keep in mind too, though, is a typical semi driver delivering equipment using eight or more binders.
– So let’s take this time difference here and multiply that by eight and then also do it again, because you got to, you know, release the load as well as tie it down. So let’s see how we do.
– All right. You ready?
– On your marks, get set, go.
Oh, you’re done already?
– Yeah, I am. You still working over there?
– I’m getting mine pretty tight. Okay.
– Well, that’s pretty good. That’s pretty good, but as you can see-
– There’s a big difference from holding the drill down, and cranking on your shoulder. And if you’ve got eight of these to do, you’re going to save a lot of energy, a lot of effort.
– Yeah, and you’re sweating. I mean, here you’re just pulling a trigger.
– Yeah, it’s hot. It’s 90 degrees out here. Sweating.
– And we are tight.
Why should you consider Speedbinders?
– Joe, Steve, thanks for coming out, showing us the Speedbinders, showing us how they work.
– We really appreciate the opportunity to come out here and pitch Speedbinders. It’s impacting companies on the bottom line. But more importantly, impacting the end user, the driver in their day-to-day lives. And it’s been really, really cool.
– All right, thanks guys.
So Speedbinders, they’re really helping with load securement, making it safer, faster, and easier to rig whatever you’ve got. So if you want to learn more, contact Mazzella’s Lifting and Rigging division today. If you found this video useful, informative, entertaining or you just feel like being friendly, then hit that Like button so we can get this information out to everyone who needs it. Subscribe and hit the bell so you never miss a video. If you have a question, drop it in the comments so we can get you an answer. Remember, safe rigging is smart rigging. My name is Ben. Stay safe out there.