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Old 08-15-2010, 07:57 PM
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How important it is for you guys to throw an old coat or a blanket or something of the like over the middle of a tow or recovery strap when pulling someone or something out of being stuck!

Most of us "winch guys" have known all along the importance of this, but I'm sure a lot of guys don't know to do this with a recovery strap as well!

Stories abound about serious injuries and even deaths resulting from being hit by a flying metal projectile!

I just read this today:

http://leadercall.com/local/x2238598...freak-accident
 
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Old 08-15-2010, 08:16 PM
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is that to weigh it down in case it breaks?
 
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Old 08-15-2010, 08:21 PM
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yes, if it breaks or comes loose it will direct all the force downward, harmlessly into the ground. It doesn't take much, I keep an old hoodie in my truck all the time and use it, luckily, I've never had one come loose or break under load...

 

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We always use our Diest 4" poly tow rope, when we can. We never use the hook-rope, if possible, for that exact reason. The 4" poly will stretch and absorb load, instead of springing apart/snapping.

The other old trick, when exerting a high torque, do a rope from vehicle one to a tire, then another rope from tire to vehicle 2 That way the tire will oblong and absorb any shock encounterd.
 
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I have a small section of chain like 5lb or so.
 
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Damn that sucks. 100% preventable!!

I got hit in the head one time by a tow strap. Thank God the hook broke off and all it was just the strap. I was in high school, we didn't know anything.
 

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