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Northern Strands Becomes Official Dealer for Crosby's Newly Acquired Speedbinder, a Torque Driven Load Binder

Northern Strands is excited to be a Dealer for Crosby Torque Driven Speedbinders in Saskatchewan and throughout Canada. What is a Torque Drive Load Binder you might ask? Torque Drive binders are designed and meant to be operated differently than any other load binder. It is best if your drivers can set aside any preconceived notions and past experience with operating binders. These require a new understanding of how they lock the chain tight. Done properly, drivers will experience less shoulder strain, easier operation, safer load securement, and faster tie-down/release times.

Let's start with the handle. Traditional load binders use a "paw" that is built into the handle to engage the gear around the barrel that, when rotated, pulls the threaded posts either in or out. This is not the case with the Crosby Speedbinder. The handle is not to be used in the traditional/rotational sense. The handle on the Torque Drive is actually a reaction bar first and handle for carrying second. Our load binder was designed to be operated by a cordless drill. In a pinch, someone can simply use a 14 mm wrench or socket if a drill breaks or batteries go dead.

The locking mechanism for Torque Drive is having the handle against the floor of the trailer or against a part of the equipment you are tying down. With the handle against (reacting) a stationary object, we develop superior chain tightness. Because we attain such high chain tightness, we virtually eliminate chains loosening with tire mash (bridge abutments, bumps, railroad tracks, etc.). Done correctly, it should take about five to seven pounds of force to pull the handle off the floor of the trailer.

Place the load binder as close to the rub rail as possible so that the handle will be able to hit the floor of the trailer or position so the handle is against a part of the unit being tied down.

We recommend the use of the Dewalt DCK299P2 drill kit (1/4” impact as backup) or a similar type drill. We use this drill for several reasons:

  • It has superior torque than an impact.
  • It has speed and torque. Run in either third or second for slack pick up, drop her into first or final tightness.
  • The (2) five-amp-per-hour batteries should give a driver two to three full days of operation.
  • The many torque settings allow the driver to set the chain tightness to his liking.

How to operate:
  • Attach the handle to your drill to help curb the rotational forces that you will be applying. It is important to use both hands.
  • We recommend setting the torque setting (dial on the collar) to seven to start. This gets most chains super tight. Adjust up or down the numerical range to best suit your needs.
  • Run your slack in on second or third gear (look for the switch on top of the drill) and reduce down to first gear when you feel any hint of the drill pulling down.
  • As your chain appears to be getting close to the desired tightness, ease on the trigger because you will begin to experience some twisting torque on the drill. This thing is powerful...again, it is important to use both hands.
  • We have approved the use of a 3/8 impact. It is lighter, more manageable, and you can operate with one hand. Please do not use a 1/2 impact. This will void the warranty. The trade-off is that the drill gets the chains tighter, but you will have some twist to counter. The impact is easier to use and will wear the drive bolt a tad quicker. Drive bolts take about five minutes to replace.
Speedbinder Testimonial
"Finally pulled the plug and got my Speedbinders! The very next day, I received a load that required eight chains (before this I used to purposely pass up on loads that needed chaining because I didn’t want to deal with the chains). I started on the first chain and before I even got it tight I was kicking myself for not getting these a year earlier. The trucker next to me waiting to get loaded came around his truck when he heard my drill and was very impressed with the ease of use and how tight the chains were. I have since driven that load more than 700 miles, and I have not had to tighten a single binder down — NOT A SINGLE BINDER WAS LOOSE THE ENTIRE TRIP.

I am completely sold on these binders and will be getting four more to make sure I have enough for all the future loads I will be pulling using my chains and Speedbinders!

Thank you for making a great product!"


Here's a great Torque Drive Load Binder demonstration video! 

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Phone: Saskatoon 306-242-7073, Regina 306-242-7073 or Esterhazy at 306-745-4640


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