TweetSome people out there are absolute experts on tying knots, and at making an incredibly secure restraint around a piece of cargo tied to a roof or attached to a flatbed. All they need is enough sturdy rope to wrap things up effectively, and enough slack at the end to make an Eagle Scout style knot that is virtually indestructible.
Luckily for the rest of us, there are winch straps. The metal attachment for a winch strap, or the Notched Sliding Winch, is a stellar device able to make a secure restraint for your cargo without requiring some innate hard to learn skill. For some of us, tying a functional knot can seem completely impossible. An unreliable hand tied knot can be a complete disaster if you are moving large cargo even a very short distance. The slightest bit of slack can have a couch flying off a roof rack into oncoming traffic, destroying your cargo, putting you at risk of a lawsuit, and at worst putting lives in danger.
So the invention of the notched sliding winch and its corresponding strap is in some ways a literal life saver. It also makes moving a “do it yourself” proposition feasible for anyone and everyone.