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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-12-2000, 07:59 PM
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Recovery ?

If you break a chain or a strap will it snap with the force and speed of a cable?

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 03-12-2000, 08:26 PM
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Re: Recovery ?

I have seen cables snap on dozers and it looked like a giant mowing sythe cutting off weeds and small saplings. I have seen several chains broken and they didnt do anything near what the cable did. I have never seen a strap broken though. I would say that a chain or strap wouldnt do as much because they dont take as much pressure to break them as a cable does.

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Re: Recovery ?

To be on the safe side anyway, you still probably want to put as much "deadweight" like blankets, jackets, and other stuff on the recovery gear incase it does snap to absorb the force... [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 03-12-2000, 09:15 PM
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Re: Recovery ?

I would say the chain would have plenty of force but not as much as a cable.
On the safe side though I wouldn't use either. I used a chain once to pull me
out of the lake,the chain broke and came back and put 8 huge dents on top
of my hood.I guess u could say I wasn't a happy camper that day.But anyway
always use a tow strap just to be on the safe side.

post #5 of (permalink) Old 03-12-2000, 10:19 PM
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well, like cuttingedge i've seen a couple cables part (one of them killed a guy). something to
keep in mind is stretch. cable will stretch 4-5% before it parts, nylon straps will go at least triple
that but has very little weight, chain stretch is probably around 1% . I think the most important
variable would be length most straps and chain are under 25-30' but cable goes over 100' just
like a giant rubber band. any way around it would hurt like hell if ya got in the way.
while winching it is probably a good idea to open the hood and toss a blanket over the cable
like Tim said, then if it does part it will hit the hood at a slower speed and also not come thru
the windshield.

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post #6 of (permalink) Old 03-13-2000, 03:43 PM
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Re: Recovery ?

<font color=purple>I've seen straps come apart, but as long as they don't have hooks on the end, or aren't clevised together, they aren't especially dangerous. You want to be out of the way, but there is usually little carnage. Chains on the other hand don't generally cause a problem unless some moron decides to try to jerk someone with a solid chain. The results of that can be spectacular.</font color=purple>


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