I am going to start this thread, for most if not everyone this is a no brainer, or MAYBE (no way) I'm missing something and wrong.
Chain is for securing a load, a good street fight or maybe some kind of dog collar, but don't use it as a tug strap. OK, so everyone who works in or around the woods has had to use it to pull, lift, yard, or otherwise load it under tension. done slow and controlled, for the most part.........
Worst case scenario played out yesterday in the northern mountains I was working in. Truck stuck in an alder bog. Area had been crossed a few times, but mainly just a hang out for the moose that are in the area. Toyota pick-up was trying to "snatch" the truck out. Good theory, but he had used a piece of chain and a clevis to protect the end of his ARB strap. Now, the ARB will stretch when you hit it, part of what makes them effective ? Point is, the attachment point let go on the truck and the chain/snatch strap combo did a real nice number on the tailgate of a pretty new Tacoma.
From what I have seen, SEEN, not heard, chain is deadly when it used wrong. For a slow tug, maybe it is ok ? So I ponder this question to the forum, is this correct, or is there a way you have found to use it and be safe, slow tugs accepted. Clevis hooks, chain, cable, all of it can and will get you hurt. We all know the rule of a dead man on the cable for a winch and strap, but that showed little effect in this scenario. No one was hurt and the truck was extricated with a 527 CAT.
I am interested in the feedback on this. Yes, EVERYONE should have a winch and know how to get themselves out, but this is not the case in reality.