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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-23-2004, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
 
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Tow Strap/ Chain Choices

What do you guys use for recovery straps? These things are expensive and I only wanna have to buy one without breaking it. I see people using starps but alot also use chains. What would be yalls recomendations?
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Re: Tow Strap/ Chain Choices

I think having about a 15'/20' strap and a 5' chain is ideal. Alot of times that short chain really comes in handy. There have been many times i went to pull someone out of a ditch and couldn't find anything to hook the strap to and that is where the chain is handy. Nice thing about straps is they stretch when you yank on them and alot of times have kind of a rubber band that jerks whatever you are pulling out but not nearly as harshly as a chain. Don't buy the $10 straps you get what you pay for!! I need to find a place to sew ends on straps I have a bunch of 5" flat-bed straps they are WAY tougher than any tow straps on the market. Every winter I end up having to pull several stuck semi's up the hill where I work. I get a flat bed strap tie them in a loop so I have a way to hook up and can jerk on them with a peterbuilt all day and never brake one course I can never get them untied eaither... I have a good source for them though because everytime they as much as get fraid on the end we have to throw them away hell whats a 25' strap with 1' cut off? I keep them. As I said since they are flat I would like to find a way to just sew say a small loop in the end for a clevace. the back bumper of my rig is made out of an I-beam so I have a place to use the hook end.
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Re: Tow Strap/ Chain Choices

suck it in and buy some good recovery sttaps. with a fullsize, dont waste your $$ on 2" wide ones, get the 3" wide ones.

do not use long chains to pull with.
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Re: Tow Strap/ Chain Choices

It really depends on how you will be using it. I use a winch for most of my stuff, so a chain or a steel cable works for me, but I also carry a strap. If I am using the truck to pull I will use the strap as it is designed for the snatch, chains aren't. I do more recovery style work with mine so I am looking at buying a recovery hook to compliment my shackel.
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Re: Tow Strap/ Chain Choices

ProComp 4"x30' strap w/ leather wrapped end loops.

$70-$80 range at Summit
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suck it in and buy some good recovery sttaps. with a fullsize, dont waste your $$ on 2" wide ones, get the 3" wide ones.

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ive broken 3 2" straps snatching with them. Only one was mine [img]images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]
Havent managed to break my 3" one yet.
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I think having about a 15'/20' strap and a 5' chain is ideal. Alot of times that short chain really comes in handy. There have been many times i went to pull someone out of a ditch and couldn't find anything to hook the strap to and that is where the chain is handy. Nice thing about straps is they stretch when you yank on them and alot of times have kind of a rubber band that jerks whatever you are pulling out but not nearly as harshly as a chain. Don't buy the $10 straps you get what you pay for!! I need to find a place to sew ends on straps I have a bunch of 5" flat-bed straps they are WAY tougher than any tow straps on the market. Every winter I end up having to pull several stuck semi's up the hill where I work. I get a flat bed strap tie them in a loop so I have a way to hook up and can jerk on them with a peterbuilt all day and never brake one course I can never get them untied eaither... I have a good source for them though because everytime they as much as get fraid on the end we have to throw them away hell whats a 25' strap with 1' cut off? I keep them. As I said since they are flat I would like to find a way to just sew say a small loop in the end for a clevace. the back bumper of my rig is made out of an I-beam so I have a place to use the hook end.

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To have yoour straps sewn try a shoe repair shop they have the heavy duty machines to stich it and can even wrap them in leather [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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Re: Tow Strap/ Chain Choices

[img]images/graemlins/goodpost.gif[/img] I never thought of that. Thanx!
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Re: Tow Strap/ Chain Choices

Thats a great idea. I have an excelent supply of free straps and i've yet to brake one pulling loaded semis up our hill so i'd say they are pretty damned tough. I will deffinately check into the shoe shop idea. thanks!
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Re: Tow Strap/ Chain Choices

I have a bunch of offroad recovery straps. The best one is a 3" 30' Canyon Crawler from 4WP. The one that I am least impressed with is the Pro Comp. It doesn't strecth and the sticthing isn't as good as the CC. Just my 2 cents.
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