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Old 01-10-2017, 11:16 PM
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Winch Line Terminations

Not a rigger, so just asking...and not trying to generate any h8 comments, so kindly keep them out of the discussion.

Is there any real technical benefit for using a hook at the working end of a winch line?

The observation is a clevis (D ring) would be a more useful termination rather than a hook for attaching to a tree protector or through a snatch block back to the Jeep.

And there are sexy looking ProLinks and FlatLinks, but they typically depend upon a clevis during a pull also.

Is there any reason that a clevis attached directly to the winch line would not be more useful?

Are there any safety or technical issues to be considered?
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Old 01-11-2017, 11:47 AM   #2
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A quality shackle (D-Ring) is a completely acceptable connection. You will still need a thimble on the line whether your using wire rope or synthetic rope. You should also buy some washers to fit the locking pin so that the thimble is centered on the pin when it's hooked up. That way you don't side-load the shackle.

Just so you know, I took the slip hook off my winch years ago because they, well, slip. Slip hooks work fine for a 2000' lift when attaching chains or slings on the hook but when you are horizontally dragging with a winch line and the winched vehicle finds some traction for a moment, you can lose the load. You won't loose the load with a shackle. To keep the thimble stable going down the road it's bungied off to one of the stiffening bars (cross bars) on the winch.

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I will start with that I am not an expert. I would say that it doesn't matter what you use as long as that component is smooth and round and not a screw in pin.

The screw in pin "could" be an issue if it backed itself out over a long off center pull or if changing angles etc. I say "could" because if you crank it down it probably won't.

But most of the shackles pins I see are not smooth enough to use, they have burrs and imperfections that would concern me, especially on synthetics.
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In my own admittedly limited exposure to the advantages of a thimble, mine gives a most welcome sense of order & preparedness for use of the winch by using bits of hardware better designed to withstand the stresses of the job.

I've had buddies in the past using such as log slings & simple cable loops, end with damaged lines due to crimping of the loop end by pulling against inadequate rigging set up. Of course that can be overcome but we were in a hurry & didn't prepare ourselves very well.

Decades ago I was a chain-link/hook/cable be damned abuser. As my pocket book suffered my education in the use of such grew to appreciate the actual economics of using the right stuff the first time. Just my opinion, of course.
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