Difference between a recovery strap and a tow strap...
Looking to pick up some minor recovery gear to keep in the back of the rig. Was doing some reading and notice these two types of straps. I assume they both have different purposes, as the recovery strap is elastic, and builds up some "pull" while a tow strap is a solid rigid strap. Which one do I want to keep in case SHTF? Do I need both? Any major brand ok? Smittybilt seems to have a 30,000lb break strength 30' recovery strap for reasonable money, just wondering if they are all the same.
Any thoughts, or pointing me to some good reading would be appreciated.
Definitely carry both. You would use the recovery strap to pull out a "stuck" vehicle. The tow strap would be used to tow a disabled vehicle off the trail. Those are just two simple examples for illustration.
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I read the thread above, and it's very informative.
Now, I agree about the hooks being deadly weapons being flung in the event of a catastrophic failure. However, what about closed hooks? The ones that have that spring loaded piece (like a rock climbers caribiener?) Still a bad idea right? It seems that the failure point is the strap, not the hook, so a locking hook would be "safe" no? Something like this...that way, if the strap indeed fails, the nylon goes flying, but the hook remains anchored in the d-shackle. Remember, I am NOT arguing, just trying to learn.
This is the strap I was looking at....keep in mind this will be used AT MOST to drag someone out stuck in snow, NOT someone buried in 3 feet of mud.
The reason hooks are not recommended for recovery purposes where snatch straps or kinetic ropes are involved is that they are not always rated for that type of loading, plus the safety factor with many hooks is way to low to even consider doing something like that.
Consider a 3/4 inch shackle that is commonly used with Jeeps, they have a working load limit of 4 3/4 tons, with a safety factor that translates into many of them being rated to 60,000 lbs or more for breaking strength.
A that is of a similar size (weight and physical size) often times has a breaking strength of 30,000 lbs or less.
For the snatch strap vs kinetic rope vs tow strap there are some things you should know.
1st - A tow strap is not a kinetic strap, it will give you minimal stretch and if you take a run at a pull you will end up putting a lot of stress on the vehicle and occupants. Tow straps are good for static towing, where you take the slack out of the strap and then start to tow.
2nd - A strap will never stretch as much as a rope. Even though snatch straps are advertised to stretch they will not stretch as much as a kinetic rope and you still will still feel like you are being jerked around.
3rd - Anything piece of recovery gear that stretches when you pull on it has inherent dangers associated with it. Be cautious when using a kinetic rope or strap to pull someone out who is stuck Always make sure the mounting points are strong enough for the pull and the rope is adequate for the vehicles. It is a good idea to use the least amount of force possible to recover someone, so start with a small pull and work your way up as needed.
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