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Old 02-15-2012, 07:56 PM   #1
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Recovery strap

Which one to get does local places have them auto zone advanced or any of them? ??

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Old 02-16-2012, 08:24 AM   #2
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If you have a Tractor Supply in your area, get them from there. You want the ones with looped ends.... NO HOOKS, NO Chains.....

Otherwise you can order from 4wd.com or any other site as well

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Old 02-16-2012, 08:30 AM   #3
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X2 on the no steel hooks or chains, buy a strap that has sewn loops at both ends. Just go to an offroad store, they have them. There are two types of straps, one being a snatch strap and the other being a tow strap. You don't want a tow strap, they don't give/stretch any at all and can do damage when you need to get a bit of a short running start to extract a really stuck vehicle. Snatch straps have just a tiny amount of give for vehicle recovery, not enough that you'd notice it by just pulling on it by hand.

A 20' 2" 20,000 strap is adequate for most recovery situations. Remember, no steel hooks on it. When those break, and they do, they will recoil which can cause serious injuries or even fatalities.
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Old 02-16-2012, 11:23 AM   #5
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walmart has nice ones for the money, 20,000 and 30,000 ones, sewn loop ends and no metal. used one of mine this week pulling my brothers zj out of the river
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what's the deal with people not wanting a metal hook on the tow strap. those cost 25 times more than a tow strap with a hook. what gives. I got a 20 ft with a hook for like 18 bucks but a hookless online $$$$$$ mucho bucks. since i'm new i must be overlooking something important. thanks in advance.
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what's the deal with people not wanting a metal hook on the tow strap. those cost 25 times more than a tow strap with a hook. what gives. I got a 20 ft with a hook for like 18 bucks but a hookless online $$$$$$ mucho bucks. since i'm new i must be overlooking something important. thanks in advance.
Possibly snapping and that metal hook comes flying back on a mission to do some harm. Whether is your jeep or a person. Just my guess
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what's the deal with people not wanting a metal hook on the tow strap. those cost 25 times more than a tow strap with a hook. what gives. I got a 20 ft with a hook for like 18 bucks but a hookless online $$$$$$ mucho bucks. since i'm new i must be overlooking something important. thanks in advance.
Hooks can be dangerous, because the link between hook & strap could break and the hook can become a flying object and hurt or kill people, same thing goes for cahins as well. I've seen way too many break and cause damage to the vehicle.

Tow Strap from tractor supply was only about $25-$30 and most other place are about $30-$40... I'm not sure where your looking at for cost.... I would rather be safe and have the looped ends.
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x345 on no hooks

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that is why you don't use a strap with a hook.....first example i could find on youtube.



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X2 on the no steel hooks or chains, buy a strap that has sewn loops at both ends. Just go to an offroad store, they have them. There are two types of straps, one being a snatch strap and the other being a tow strap. You don't want a tow strap, they don't give/stretch any at all and can do damage when you need to get a bit of a short running start to extract a really stuck vehicle. Snatch straps have just a tiny amount of give for vehicle recovery, not enough that you'd notice it by just pulling on it by hand.

A 20' 2" 20,000 strap is adequate for most recovery situations. Remember, no steel hooks on it. When those break, and they do, they will recoil which can cause serious injuries or even fatalities.
Hey Jerry, why do they still sell the hooks, and are they used for a reason??? curios?
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Hey Jerry, why do they still sell the hooks, and are they used for a reason??? curios?
Generally speaking, straps with hooks are tow straps, not recovery straps like we use while offroad. Tow straps have very little actual stress on them since they are used for towing vehicles on paved roads. You should NEVER use a tow strap with steel hooks for offroad vehicle recovery.

Recovery straps, on the other hand, are used for vehicle recovery when the vehicle is often stuck... often quite bad, in deep mud, sand, behind an obstacle, etc. Very often, the only way to retrieve a truly stuck vehicle is to 'snatch' it out which means you use a little bit of a running start. Recovery straps have a bit of give/elasticity designed into them so they don't impart much shock to either vehicle when the slack is taken up. That "give" then gives a little extra energy to pulling the stuck vehicle out. As you can imagine, there can be a lot of force at work during such recoveries which commonly breaks steel hooks on tow straps.

Tow straps are entirely inappropriate for vehicle recovery because 1) they don't 'give' any and 2) because they have steel tow hooks on them.

This is what can happen during a vehicle recovery when a tow strap with steel hooks is used instead of a snatch strap with sewn loops on the end. One of the tow strap's steel hooks broke and the resulting recoil took the tow strap's end with its remaining broken hook part backwards through the windshield of the vehicle being recovered.
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Generally speaking, straps with hooks are tow straps, not recovery straps like we use while offroad. Tow straps have very little actual stress on them since they are used for towing vehicles on paved roads.

Recovery straps, on the other hand, are used for vehicle recovery when the vehicle is often stuck... often quite bad, in deep mud, sand, behind an obstacle, etc. Very often, the only way to retrieve a truly stuck vehicle is to 'snatch' it out which means you use a little bit of a running start. Recovery straps have a bit of give/elasticity designed into them so they don't impart much shock to either vehicle when the slack is taken up. That "give" then gives a little extra energy to pulling the stuck vehicle out. As you can imagine, there can be a lot of force at work during such recoveries which commonly breaks steel hooks on tow straps.

Tow straps are entirely inappropriate for vehicle recovery because 1) they don't 'give' any and 2) because they have steel tow hooks on them.

This is what can happen during a vehicle recovery when a tow strap with steel hooks is used instead of a snatch strap with sewn loops on the end. One of the tow strap's steel hooks broke and the resulting recoil took the tow strap's end with its remaining broken hook part backwards through the windshield of the vehicle being recovered.
So it's only safe use is for towing on pavement only. Thanks for the reply..
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I'm not sure if anyone has said this or not but... Don't use straps with metal hooks at the ends, or chains. I've used all different types of straps and broken all different types of straps. One of the scariest moments I've had was pulling a yota out of a mud hole with a chain. It snapped and I saw it coming straight at the windshield. Luckily it ended up hitting my headlight instead, and denting my hood with about 40 dents in a straight line. The moral of this story is always use extreme caution while recovering a stuck vehicle, and don't use inferior equipment for the job.
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x2 on chains, the highway dept back home took chains off all mowing tractors because one summer 1 kid was stuck and the other kid nearby on a tractor tried yanking him out with a chain, it busted and hit the stuck kid in the face, was in the hospital for awhile I heard and had a ton of reconstructive surgery. I'm leery of anything other than a winch until I get some proper training and a good quality snatch strap. I keep a cheap strap just to comply with the rules at events and off-road parks, but I've only used it to tow folks to date. Be Safe folks
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I'm not sure if anyone has said this or not but... Don't use straps with metal hooks at the ends, or chains. I've used all different types of straps and broken all different types of straps. One of the scariest moments I've had was pulling a yota out of a mud hole with a chain. It snapped and I saw it coming straight at the windshield. Luckily it ended up hitting my headlight instead, and denting my hood with about 40 dents in a straight line. The moral of this story is always use extreme caution while recovering a stuck vehicle, and don't use inferior equipment for the job.
Didn't read the thread, huh? lol.
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Didn't read the thread, huh? lol.
Nah I did I just felt the need to stress the importance of it.
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