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Offline SPYDER

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Tow strap questions
« on: May 29, 2014, 06:40:05 PM »
A friend asked me a question today that I couldn't answer, maybe one of you can....

He was buying a recovery strap and grabbed one with hooks.  I told him to get one without hooks, cause most clubs wont allow straps with hooks and because they are safer.    His response was how is a strap with a hook any different than a strap without hooks and using a d-ring?

The only answer I came up with was the projectile from the hook breaking, but in reality, the d-ring is just as likely to become a projectile.   Any thoughts??
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Re: Tow strap questions
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2014, 07:59:22 PM »
In my view, the hook can slip off and be slingshotted into someone.  A d-ring needs the weld to fail in order to become a projectile. 
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Re: Tow strap questions
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2014, 08:22:02 PM »
the hooks are made of crap cast metal and will break. thats my answer lol
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Re: Tow strap questions
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2014, 08:23:08 PM »
hooks can "open" up and break, a d ring is a closed unit. that is all i got.
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Re: Tow strap questions
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2014, 08:46:35 PM »
If my wife was answering this... Because We said so.
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Re: Tow strap questions
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2014, 08:56:35 PM »
In my view, the hook can slip off and be slingshotted into someone.  A d-ring needs the weld to fail in order to become a projectile. 

What I mean by weld was the welded on d-ring bracket.  If you're using a trailer hitch, then that would need to fail.


I agree with Bob about the d-ring being a closed unit.
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Re: Tow strap questions
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2014, 11:13:39 PM »
Generally speaking, straps with hooks are tow straps, not recovery straps. There is a difference.

http://www.offroaders.com/tech/Tow_Straps.htm
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Re: Tow strap questions
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2014, 06:22:02 AM »
I always carry a strap with hooks though you will rarely see me use it.  Next time I'm out we can look at it more closely. 
I have used it 5-10 times when it fits the task and never on hard or snatch recovery.
I also carry 2 tree savers and 4+ straps without hooks, in my experience a range of recovery gear has come in handy more than once.

Using tow hooks can be annoying compared to closed d-ring mounts when towing someone for longer than a single pull (ie out of a trail when their ring gear breaks)
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Re: Tow strap questions
« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2014, 07:52:56 AM »
If my wife was answering this... Because We said so.

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Re: Tow strap questions
« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2014, 12:08:31 PM »
all those answers make sense and along the lines I was thinking....some of my friends think they have answers to everything...


I do have a strap with hooks but that is buried in my parents garage under a pile of crap, never used, will never be used.  I have 3 non-hooked straps and a couple tree savers that are always in the jeep or truck.
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Re: Tow strap questions
« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2014, 08:33:50 AM »
The only recovery tool I carry with open hooks is a short piece of chain that I can use as a choker around an axle should someone need recovery and not have proper recovery point or it is inaccessable.  The open hooks can interlocking with the chain links.

Theast time I used it was at least 10 years ago
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Re: Tow strap questions
« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2014, 05:23:27 PM »
I carry a short piece of chain along with a 8" piece of 3/8" threaded rod with washers and nuts. works out great for securing a steering box that has ripped off the frame
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Re: Tow strap questions
« Reply #12 on: May 31, 2014, 08:29:14 PM »
The only recovery tool I carry with open hooks is a short piece of chain that I can use as a choker around an axle should someone need recovery and not have proper recovery point or it is inaccessable.  The open hooks can interlocking with the chain links.

Theast time I used it was at least 10 years ago

That would make sense..because thats probably the last time you wheeled
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