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Old 11-07-2009, 07:53 PM   #1
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Just wanted to share

but i will only tell about the end...



i got stuck in the deep mud really bad, my front axle was buried to the tub/radiator bottom



it was slightly up on one end so i could get to the bumper fairly ok



so we begain winching my 97 TJ from a tow hook i had bolted to the frame ( with grade 8 bolts)



well i was so stuck that while winching (using synthetic line, thank GOD)



the bolts broke and the hook went flying, not far/fast, but it did fly



if it werent for the the synth line a windshield would have been lost, and possibly much, much worse, the person behind the driver seat of the recovery vehicle





I am telling this story to drive home that synth line is a life saver





from Stu Olsen's site



While the weight savings is a plus, the BIG advantage to running synthetic winch line is the increased safety aspect. Due to its light weight construction, the synthetic line stores virtually no energy while under tension from the winch. This means that if the line should fail, it literally falls to the ground. It is very much like throwing a napkin through the air....it goes a couple of feet and falls to the ground. One thing to remember though is that if you have a hook on the end of the line (let's say you are attached to your tree saver and the tree saver fails), then that hook will not simply drop to the ground. It would be along the same lines as putting a rock in that napkin and then throwing it.....it will go much further before hitting the ground.



The heavier steel cable stores a significant amount of energy when put under heavy tension. I'm sure you've seen people lay blankets, tarps, and even sand bags across the steel cable as a safety precaution against it failing. None of this is needed with synthetic winch line. That level of danger is just not there.






I am a believer, look at the broken hook bolts below...



this was an eye opener...although I have always believed in synth line, I really do now































to read the full story look at my thread here



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Old 11-08-2009, 09:40 AM   #2
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Yeah those things can be dangerous. My job has me going down to meet ships entering the Houston Ship Channel on a daily basis. When I get there (usually before the ships arrive) I get to watch the line-handlers tie up the ship. Those lines are on average about 2 inches in diameter and if stressed wrong...can snap. Apart from a really loud BANG, a line that size under that much tension when it snapped could cleanly cut through ten men if they were standing too close to it. (You can only imagine how far away I am from the ship while they are tying it up lol!)

Be safe out there guys!

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Does not sound like a fun time. Glad no one was hurt.
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Old 11-08-2009, 01:21 PM   #4
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Ooh, borken bolts. Nice. Those are going to be fun to get out.

I've been considering getting a synthetic line for my winch mostly because of the weight and man handling. I think I just might have to start shopping around.

I know they are normally used with an aluminum hawse fairlead but can you use a normal roller fairlead with them. I don't want to get rid of mine.
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Old 11-08-2009, 01:37 PM   #5
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could happen

This is what it looks like to be clocked in the noggin with a 2.5 hook off of a 60 ton crane.The hook come off a pc of h beam swung around and knocked me on my butt.Ever heard the term gettin the snot knocked outa ya?Its real and does happen,off work for month and half.My buddy was operating,and to this day he can't believe I'm still above ground,he seen it all happen.Ouch.
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Umm. Ouch. How many stitches?
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you can use the regular fairlead, but it is better to get Delrin Fairlead Rollers that are made for synthetic line read here

They are made from Delrin offering high strength, abrasion resistance, and heat resistance, and have a smooth surface to protect your synthetic winch line. They are 68% lighter than stock. .97 Kg (34.4 oz / 2.1 lb) vs. stock steel rollers at 2.4Kg (83.2 oz / 5.2 lb). Delrin is somewhat similar to lightweight alloys like aluminum. The material is resistant to oils, chemicals, UV light and abrasion
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Umm. Ouch. How many stitches?
None actually.I have a new respect for chains and tension,that's for DAMN sure!Mom used to say I was real hardheaded.
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Glad to hear you came out alright man!

On a side note, WHY WHY WHY would you go do that with no top?!?! I will never understand why people do that lol Is the clean up really worth it?
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whereabouts was that at?
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This thread came up due to a delrin search, hoping you guys can offer some advice.
I've seen BB ads with delrin being marketed as better and more long lasting than poly spacers. Any thoughts?

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