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Unread 03-02-2013, 10:22 AM   #1
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I was given a tow strap with hooks...

I know that they basically suck, but my dad gave it to me. It's got a 14,200 pound capacity. Is there any safe way to use it at all?

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Unread 03-02-2013, 11:01 AM   #2
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don't yank with it!
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Unread 03-02-2013, 11:07 AM   #3
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X2. What he said. It'll work just fine if you don't pull to large or heavy an object with it. Also like said above, Do Not use the "Put 8 ft of slack in it and let 'er rip" method. "A man's got to know his limitations."
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I use them to tow non-running cars into the shop or around the lot at work all the time. They're fine in situations where there's not much stress on them, but you don't want to use them offroad in vehicles stuck in mud or any situation where there's much outside force keeping the other vehicle from moving.

A lot of people around here go overboard on safety and seem to think they'll murder your family in the night if you use them. Just remember they're TOW straps, not recovery.
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Unread 03-02-2013, 11:25 AM   #5
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Okay, that's what I assumed. I'll keep it around for when my stepbrother gets his Accord stuck in our driveway when it snows. There's no way I could loop it around and use it for recovery or anything? I'm going to get a proper one soon anyway.
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I use them to tow non-running cars into the shop or around the lot at work all the time. They're fine in situations where there's not much stress on them, but you don't want to use them offroad in vehicles stuck in mud or any situation where there's much outside force keeping the other vehicle from moving.

A lot of people around here go overboard on safety and seem to think they'll murder your family in the night if you use them. Just remember they're TOW straps, not recovery.
Very well put.

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Unread 03-02-2013, 12:23 PM   #7
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Cut the hooks off with a grinder (carefully) then use D rings and you're closer to something safe.

Not yanks, but a steady pull would be fine.

Whatever the stated capacity is, the strap is probably x2 safety factor.
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