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Tow Rope with Hooks

I vaguely remember hearing these are not good for recovery. Is this true?

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http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=36612

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yes, they can be dangerous... get one with loops.


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They've got a bad habit of breaking, flying around and knocking people upside the head.
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ok learn from me, cuase i found out the hardway. i was stuck diff's sunk in mud and resting on the belly, i had to use 2 ropes and both has hook so i just hooked the hooks together and had my buddie start pullin me out with his jeep, well the first rope connected to my jeep snapped, which sent the 2 hooks in the middle rocketing at his jeep. the first hook went stright through the headlight and into the engine bay, the second hook bounced off the hood dented the hood and the windshield frame and cracked the windshield to holy hell. simple put dont use ropes with hooks, and if you have to soak a t-shirt or hoody and put it on the rope so it doesnt let the hooks rocket anywhere.
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They've got a bad habit of breaking, flying around and knocking people upside the head.
And that leads to the whole dying thing...


oh and to elaborate alittle... tow straps have hooks, recovery straps do not. You want recover straps.

Go to Ebay and search for "recovery straps"... I got this 20x2 for like $25 - shipped.


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Parcells, awesome avatar! The best I've seen yet. Yea, I'll give my horror story. I was at a local mud bog and we were pulling out a guy in a CJ. Well, the strap was hooked to my friends C10 pickup and the front of the dude's CJ. I was ridin shotgun. Well, of course the hook broke, flew into the CJ's windshield and he was air lifted to the local hospital. That was on a sunday afternoon. Needless to say that night I was at prayer meetin at my church and at the hospital the next morning. Luckily the guy was ok. Never again will I use a strap with hooks or a chain.
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Ive got one of those...

what I did was took my bolt cutters and cut off the hooks and use a shackle instead
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shouldnt you be putting a weight of some sort on the strap just like you would when you use a winch to help keep it from flying and hurting somebody??

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shouldnt you be putting a weight of some sort on the strap just like you would when you use a winch to help keep it from flying and hurting somebody??
I could definately see "a weight of some sort" becoming "a projectile of some sort."
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I could definately see "a weight of some sort" becoming "a projectile of some sort."

i see you arent familiar with winch safety then.

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i see you arent familiar with winch safety then.

lol - help him out with a lil explanation then (hint) lol
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shouldnt you be putting a weight of some sort on the strap just like you would when you use a winch to help keep it from flying and hurting somebody??
straps with hooks are bad... while you can use a coat or towel as a weight on a strap... the ones with hooks are not designed for recovery at all, this makes them break even easier and the hook is still dangerous when it flies. Having the soft weight (winch blanket coat or otherwise) is still not a guarantee that the hook/strap/rope will not go flying somplace.

in recovery hooks are a nasty thing on a strap.

Btw a recovery strap has an elastic type effect to it, the tow ropes with hooks do not and IIRC they will hold more energy when the break... but I might have that bass ackwards.

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lol - help him out with a lil explanation then (hint) lol

nah, i'll let him figure it out on his own, then maybe we can have another horror story to tell

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I've heard of using a towel or blanket. This guy said some sort of weight. When I think of weight on a line, I think weights on a fishing line. My bad.
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Cool, thanks for the replies. I'll shop around for a non metal one. I can't wait to pull out expensive SUV's this winter.

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