In July 2021, Product Profile4 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineAugust 7, 2021

The StrapnGo System eases a driver’s job, makes securing loads safer, saves time and reduces the chance of injury.

Sometimes a system comes along that is so simple it’s genius. So simple, that you might not have known you needed it until you experience it. Anything that makes a truckie’s job easier, quicker – more straightforward and safer – is sure to catch on.

That’s exactly what StrapnGo New Zealand director Mike Cleaver is experiencing now, with the system catching the attention of big names in the New Zealand transport industry, such as Mainfreight.

StrapnGo is the brainchild of two Australian transport industry figures, Ray Charmand and Moe Eter, who about seven years ago started thinking of a quicker, safer way to restrain loads.

Cleaver, who has been the New Zealand distributor for the past two years, first saw the system at the Brisbane Truck Show and was immediately taken by the concept.

A 30-year veteran of the local transport industry, he decided now was the right time to move away from his Mount Maunganui-based business, Trident Equipment, and focus on StrapnGo.

“It’s a new product that’s innovative, works well and delivers on restraining loads easier, quicker and in a safer manner. Many drivers have either buggered their shoulders from throwing straps and chains or sustained an injury from climbing on loads while restraining them; this system means no more of that,” he says.

The StrapnGo system can be used with twitch chains, 50mm or 75mm load binders.

“The StrapnGo system allows for a quicker turnaround and reduces the labour input and chance of injury in the restraint of freight.”

The StrapnGo systems are mounted into two aluminium tracks fitted along the internal edges of the unit roof support area. From the ground, the driver simply walks along the length of the unit with the straps and positions the StrapnGo systems wherever it’s needed above the load. The driver can then grab the hook and keeper with the extendable pole, pull it down and lock it in place, and then ratchet it down. When offloading, the ratchet is released, and the strap retracts back into the roof and can be rolled out of the way.

The system can be fitted during the build of a new unit or retrofitted. A typical truck and trailer unit requires about 19 systems in total, eight systems on a 16-pallet truck and 11 on a 22-pallet trailer. Single or double ratchet and hook-and-keeper strap options are available.

The StrapnGo system is available for standard 50mm/2500kg load binders for general freight and very high loads where straps cannot be thrown through small gaps, and 75mm/5000kg heavy-duty binders for big machinery and large loads needing a higher level of restraint. There is also a twitch chain system designed to secure timber in curtainsiders. No chain throwing, no shoulder injuries or time off.

“The swiftness of the system means drivers are getting time back in their hectic day and less chance of going home with an injury. There’s no need to spend time rolling straps; this system just pulls them up and out of the way. The simplicity of it is awesome,” says Cleaver.