Introduction and Orientation of Torque Drive Binders


Torque Drive binders are different and operate differently than any other binder that came before it. It is best if your drivers can set aside any preconceived notions and past experience with operating binders. These are different, they require a new understanding of how they lock the chain tight. Done properly, drivers will experience less shoulder strain / injuries, easier operation, safer load securement and faster tie down / release  times.

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

More on the "reaction bar " 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, rr tracks ect). Done correctly, it should take about 15 - 20 lbs of force to pull the handle off the floor of the trailer.

* Place the 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 DCD991p2 drill kit. We use this drill for several reasons.

          It has superior  torque than an impact.

          It won't round off the drive bolt of the binder like the impact will.

          It has speed and torque. Run in either 3rd or 2nd for slack pick up, drop her into 1st for final tightness.

          The (2) 5 amp per hour batteries should give a driver 2 to 3 full days of operation.

          The many torque settings allows for the driver to set the chain tightness to his liking.

  1. Attach the handle to your drill to help curb the rotational forces that you will be applying. USE BOTH HANDS.

  2. We recommend setting the torque setting ( dial on the collar ) to 7 to start. this gets most chains super tight. Adjust up or down the numerical range to best suit your needs.

  3. Run your slack in on 2 or 3rd gear (switch on top of the drill) and drop her into 1st when you feel any hint of the drill pulling down.

  4. As your chain appears to be getting close to the desired tightness, let up a bit on the trigger as you will begin to experience some twisting torque on the drill. This thing is powerful...use both hands please.

A Few Other Items of Interest We Have Found


  • It'll prolly take a week or two for the drivers to develop a new routine. Where to place the drill, where to keep the batteries, inverter or no inverter? How to set up for tie down. Please let your drivers have ample time to adjust to a new routine, time to practice. It's perfectly normal to be disrupted until things settle in. It is normal to take 2 weeks to adjust and dial in what works best for every driver.

  • Because these are pretty quick to run in an out. Drivers in the snowy regions have found that they can easily store the threaded posts inside of the housing where they stay lubricated and away from snow and salt brine.

  • Also, because the gear set is encased, snow and ice are no match for operation, with 21 to 1 gear reduction, we simply break free any outside debris.

  • Operators have been able to relocate shifted loads on their trailer with our binders. They are super strong and develop a lot of pull.

  • Haven't heard of any binders being stolen or equipment being stolen tied down with our binders, because not many thieves carry a drill.

  • There are many more ancillary benefits to using these, less idle time, less dpf regeneration because we get you on the road faster. More loads delivered, less injuries etc...

  • The biggest thing is probably having an open mind and giving them a fair chance. They are not for everyone, I get that and respect that. But, if you give them a week or two I think you'll find the majority of drivers will be a fan.

Thank you very much for this opportunity and please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or comments. Please encourage your drivers to call me with any questions as well. I am very accessible and would like to help them.


Steve Helline



About Products



Binders that are Built to Last. Manufactured with heat treated, forged components for a long dependable life. Smooth operation, due to a precision aligned worm gear assembly with grease fitting, for years of trouble free service. This is truly a unique high quality binder.  


DeWalt 20v Cordless Drill highly recommends this drill. A normal 20 volt drill will work for most applications as it has roughly 320 power watts out of rotational torque, this drill delivers 820 for maximum performance. We are looking for rotational torque, not "hitting" or impact torque, use of impact will void the warranty. Kit comes with (2) 5 amp per hour batteries. One battery lasts roughly 30-45 full cycles.


Drill Adapter

Our drill adapter is a simple 3/8th drive with a 14 mm socket. We do recommend a 6 point socket. Please don't use a all in one 14mm nut driver. They tend to be very shallow and could damage the hex head drive.