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Old 11-28-2011, 10:28 PM   #1
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recommendation for recovery straps

looking up recovery straps, but how strong and how wide do i need. i see they do get expensive.

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Old 11-28-2011, 11:06 PM   #3
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What size and weight would you recommend for a farm?
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Old 11-28-2011, 11:08 PM   #4
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What size and weight would you recommend for a farm?
Depends what your gonna be pulling out....
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Depends what your gonna be pulling out....
Heaviest thing would probably be a New Holland TC40D tractor.
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Old 11-29-2011, 12:39 AM   #6
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i'd suggest a strap rated at least equal to the weight being yanked out.. i have a 3"x 30', which is way heavier than i need using my tiny tj. straps work best when they'll stretch a ft or 2 when u hit it.. mine was bought 4 my tree truck(17k lb bucket truck) & i doubt i get any stretch from it..
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I would recommend a strap at least 1 1/2 to 2 times the weight of the vehicle. Don't want it to snap.
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i'd suggest a strap rated at least equal to the weight being yanked out.. i have a 3"x 30', which is way heavier than i need using my tiny tj. straps work best when they'll stretch a ft or 2 when u hit it.. mine was bought 4 my tree truck(17k lb bucket truck) & i doubt i get any stretch from it..
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I would recommend a strap at least 1 1/2 to 2 times the weight of the vehicle. Don't want it to snap.

I would say at least 3X greater. I carry a recovery strap AND a tow strap. Different applications require different straps.
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re: "I would say at least 3X greater. I carry a recovery strap AND a tow strap. Different applications require different straps"

would appreciate discussion/link on details and 'how to make the RIGHT choice the first time'....
I carry my old trusty steam-era device called a 'tow chain'....while reliable probably should be upgraded.
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I've seen chains break and bust rear windows. Also heard stories where the chain came back and hit the guy in the head , killing him
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Old 11-29-2011, 10:56 AM   #11
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I use a descent tow strap that gives a bit. 3x30 and is somewhere around 28000 lbs pulling and 10000 lbs break strength. I had mine w 3.5 in lift and 35's buried to the Frame and a bull dozer hooked to mine and pulled me out without it breaking. Got it at tractor supply for around 50 dollhairs
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I picked up a couple of Keeper straps from Home Depot. They were around 25 bucks a pop.
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Old 11-29-2011, 11:42 AM   #13
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Use recovery or snatch straps for yanking out a stuck vehicle. They have some give and the kinetic force helps with the recovery. Use tow straps for pulling a disabled vehicle off the trail. Avoid the use of metal hooks (attached to the strap) with either.
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I was searching for the same topic, and still have some questions. This may seem dumb, but if I don't have hooks, how am I supposed to hook up to a vehicle to pull them out of a snowbank? Anyone got a good guide to help. In the past I've always just used a tow-rope with a hook on either end, and before that I used a 30' chain. I'm also trying to repair my winch, (Smittybilt, but its free... so free is better than anything else right now). Any good recommendations for using that as well to help people out of a ditch? Figure it might be wise to get the right way of doing things, rather than just what I've gotten lucky with so far.
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You need a recovery point (tow hook) on both your vehicle and the one being recovered.
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I was searching for the same topic, and still have some questions. This may seem dumb, but if I don't have hooks, how am I supposed to hook up to a vehicle to pull them out of a snowbank? Anyone got a good guide to help. In the past I've always just used a tow-rope with a hook on either end, and before that I used a 30' chain. I'm also trying to repair my winch, (Smittybilt, but its free... so free is better than anything else right now). Any good recommendations for using that as well to help people out of a ditch? Figure it might be wise to get the right way of doing things, rather than just what I've gotten lucky with so far.
So what bumpers are you using now? Do you have a hitch?
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I got my recovery strap from Tractor Supply and scooped this little beauty at Harbor Freight:

D-Ring Receiver Hitch - Harbor Freight Tools

I got mine for $15, now it's on sale for $10. Rock solid, I love it.
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Anyone have any experience with this strap?
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I was searching for the same topic, and still have some questions. This may seem dumb, but if I don't have hooks, how am I supposed to hook up to a vehicle to pull them out of a snowbank? Anyone got a good guide to help. In the past I've always just used a tow-rope with a hook on either end, and before that I used a 30' chain. I'm also trying to repair my winch, (Smittybilt, but its free... so free is better than anything else right now). Any good recommendations for using that as well to help people out of a ditch? Figure it might be wise to get the right way of doing things, rather than just what I've gotten lucky with so far.
FYI, a hook on the end of a stretchy strap becomes as lethal as a broken chain if it comes loose. Ya know what though? Guess I've never thought about what a piece of the car that you have your strap wrapped around would do if it comes loose when you hit the end of the strap at 30 mph! Hmm, "rear wheel assembly of Chevy Malibu flies thru rear window of Jeep Wrangler, maiming driver".

Also, I've thought it a good idea to wrap the strap around something smooth (not sharp) and solid on the vehicle being pulled out, loop it through the loop on that end if that makes sense, then I put the loop on the other end of the strap into my 2" receiver, then put the pin through it. Eliminates knots, etc. and has always worked for me.
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Usually a combination of 2", 3", and 4" US or Canadian made straps and d-rings will do the job. Those cheap ones from WalMart with attached hooks are dangerous missiles.

Keep in mind, while there might be "Good Samaritan Laws", if you tear off the front of a minivan trying to be helpful, you might well get sued, so use some good judgment before attempting any recovery.

A have a Warn 16.5 winch on one vehicle, with a snatch block will get just about anything unstuck, but I might twist or otherwise damage the other vehicle if it's stuck down in a ditch or sitting on a stump, rock, or log I cannot see.

I have seen 3 or 4 tailgates with dents from flying hooks or cheap chinese d-rings (shackles) that come loose.

Some vehicles just don't have good recovery points - or they are buried in deep snow and hard to get to.
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Old 11-30-2011, 06:35 PM   #22
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Man that sucks....moral of the story never use tow strap with hooks on ends. Or a chain for that matter.
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I have a hitch, and some farm cleavis/D-rings. Not sure what you call them, but its got a horseshoe shape, and then a solid shaft with a cotter pin to keep the shaft where it belongs. Rated for 8000 lbs, so I figured that two of those were good to keep with the jumper cables and tow ropes I had, but now its time to upgrade. I understood how to hook the strap up to the jeep, just didn't see how I was supposed to firmly anchor to another vehicle, (such as my brother's ford taurus), that doesn't have a tow hitch.
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First of all I know this might be a bad idea and if it is I don't need a lengthy explanation.

I have a 3-ball hitch for a 2" receiver, will this work as an anchor point to pull some one out that is stuck in snow?
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First of all I know this might be a bad idea and if it is I don't need a lengthy explanation.

I have a 3-ball hitch for a 2" receiver, will this work as an anchor point to pull some one out that is stuck in snow?
Just use the receiver with the hitch pin through the strap leave the ball hitch off
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I have a hitch, and some farm cleavis/D-rings. Not sure what you call them, but its got a horseshoe shape, and then a solid shaft with a cotter pin to keep the shaft where it belongs. Rated for 8000 lbs, so I figured that two of those were good to keep with the jumper cables and tow ropes I had, but now its time to upgrade. I understood how to hook the strap up to the jeep, just didn't see how I was supposed to firmly anchor to another vehicle, (such as my brother's ford taurus), that doesn't have a tow hitch.
That's the point some have been trying to making about damage to the other vehicle. If it doesn't have a recovery point (those little tie down loops are not recovery points) then you shouldn't try to pull it out. Any point you try to attach to a modern passenger car such as a Taurus, will most likely cause damage to the car.
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That's the point some have been trying to making about damage to the other vehicle. If it doesn't have a recovery point (those little tie down loops are not recovery points) then you shouldn't try to pull it out. Any point you try to attach to a modern passenger car such as a Taurus, will most likely cause damage to the car.
Most likely. I've pulled out cars that have a small front/rear hook but if it doesn't I'll gladly let them use my phone to call aaa
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Most likely. I've pulled out cars that have a small front/rear hook but if it doesn't I'll gladly let them use my phone to call aaa
Those are tie downs for transportation. If they are really stuck, those things will pull off, if it's just a loss of traction it would work.
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Those are tie downs for transportation. If they are really stuck, those things will pull off, if it's just a loss of traction it would work.
No I'm talking real tow points, I do know the difference I've worked on a tow truck and auto transport securing down cars but I know what your talking about
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I've never seen a car with tow hooks, SUV maybe.

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