Questions and answers on the BUDDY and BOSS load binders attachments

The ratchet load binder is the best choice between “boomer” (over center) load binders and ratchet binders because of its safety, reliability and torque. The big draw back is it takes forever to tie down your load. Many operators don’t like them because they are so slow and labor intensive.

Safety concerns have almost made the “boomer” binders obsolete. Many commercial business will not allow them on site. The only choice remaining is the slow, safe and reliable ratchet binder. A drill operated ratchet load binder is a great way to increase speed and reduce the physical labour of tightening and loosening chains. But with that comes it’s own set of “Now What?” problems.
NO drill available. Now what?
Low battery. Now What?
Not enough power in drill to tighten chain. Now What?
One drill and more than one operator tying down the load. Now what?

All these “Now What?” problems make any drill powered load binder without a manual override a potential problem. Putting on a wrench, or ratchet and socket on a “drill only” binder when you have no drill or power is not a solution, it just compounds the original problem of the ratchet binder being too slow. 

The BUDDY and BOSS is the answer to Now What? The BUDDY can be drill or manually operated at all times. The “quick release feature” of the BUDDY and BOSS allows changing from drill to manual operation in seconds. The BUDDY and BOSS easily install on the binder you already own. This gives you the fastest and safest chain tie down anywhere at a fraction of the cost of a  drill only binder. They can be moved to new binders when your binders wear out if desired.

We want you to be satisfied with your purchase. We ask that you review all the information on our website so you can make an informed decision before buying. If you are unsatisfied with the purchase for any reason you can return your product within 30 days of use for a 100% refund.

The BUDDY and BOSS are warrantied against defective parts for six months. We will exchange your defective product for a new product within that time.

Cordless impacts do not provide the constant torque of a cordless drill. Their power comes from impacting or hitting. They are not as efficient or as fast as a drill and do not work well with either the BUDDY or BOSS. They will reduce the service life of the load binder and BUDDY or BOSS. 

The use of cordless impacts would void warranty with the BOSS. The BOSS is designed to be operated with a cordless drill only. The BUDDY can be used with a cordless impact tool under 500 lb/ft of torque but is not recommended. A cordless drill will give you much better results.

A 18 or 20 volt drill is ideal and will have more power than you need. Lower voltage drills work fine but may run out of battery life sooner. Remember The BUDDY can operate by drill or manually anytime and the quick release feature of the Boss switches from drill manual operation in seconds. This easily allows manual tightening with a few strokes of the handle if battery power is low. 

The Boss multiplies the power of the drill by at least 12 times. This couples with the load binders screw design that also multiplied force provides enough torque to tighten a chain adequately without using all the force available from a good quality cordless drill.

The BUDDY  tightens and loosens the binder at a much higher speed than the BOSS or any other drill operated system. This speed gives the BUDDY the power to tighten the chain securely. When working with a small drill or low powered battery a few manual strokes of the handle may be needed to fully tighten a load.

Yes. Everything has a breaking point or a point where unnecessary wear and tear will reduce the service life of a product. There is no benefit in over tightening your chain. The power of the newer cordless impact wrenches can over tighten almost anything and can do a lot of damage. The BOSS is designed to be used only with cordless drills and not cordless impacts for this reason.

If you look closely at the BOSS you will see quality throughout. We use big bearings, not bushings. The drive shaft is 5/8 inch. Shaft, drive coil, washers and nuts are stainless steel. The frame is all aluminum. We know the Boss will perform above and beyond expectations when used with a quality cordless drill.

The BUDDY can be used with a Impact tool but we do not recommended it. An impact will be much slower than a drill. You will use up more battery and time. An impact will not tighten as tight as a drill. You will have to manually tighten the chain every time. Last but not least an impact will reduce the service life of both your binder and Buddy load binder attachment. This will cost you money when replacing.

Read the directions again. If that don’t help call us at 306-665-2223 or email us at We will be glad to help.