BRANDON — Conventional over-centre lever boomers are falling out of favour because of safety issues, along with the fact they loosen with vibration. For those reasons, most people today prefer ratchet-style boomers.
Over-centre boomers never pulled up tight enough to begin with, which contributed to the problem of loosening. They are not allowed in many jurisdictions. On the other hand, ratchet binders pull tighter and have a much better safety record, but they are slow.
But now there’s a new option on the market: a power ratchet boomer run by a cordless half-inch drill.
Gerald Wiebe, owner of Agremote in Saskatoon, was at Manitoba Ag Days to show off his new device that turns any ratchet binder into a power binder.
The Load Binder Boss can be purchased as a complete binder with the power head, or the power head can be purchased separately to be installed on an existing ratchet binder. Wiebe said the power head can be installed on ratchet binders all the way up to the high-end eight-ton units.
“We had designed a previous system, but we weren’t entirely happy with it. It had some disadvantages. So we started over from scratch and came up with this Load Binder Boss,” Wiebe said.
“This installs on any existing Load Binder the customer already owns. It gives you a 15:1 ratio of power so you have plenty of torque. All the torque from the drill is forced against the handle of the Load Binder so you won’t break your wrist. Your fingers and knuckles and wrist are all out of harms way.
“In the last six months since they came available, guys are telling us they have more than enough power to tighten down any load, just with a half-inch cordless drill. We have two distinct models available, depending on your requirements. Both can be operated manually with the lever if your cordless drill runs out of battery, and both are reversible.”
The Load Binder Buddy does not have a gear reduction. It’s a 1:1 ratio so it’s fast but doesn’t have the torque the Boss has. The Buddy can be operated manually with the lever without switching mode of operation. The Boss has a quick release that frees the worm gear drive so it can be operated manually with the lever.
Wiebe said the Load Binders can be left out in the elements without rusting or corroding because all drive components inside the power head are stainless steel and the housing is aluminum.
The Boss carries a price tag of $110, while the Buddy lists for $90. Those prices drop with higher volume purchases.