Seriously. Educate me. I have dealt with a lot of recovery equipment both flatbeds and boom type tow vehicles throughout my career which have much more robust winches that are used way harder over and over than a normal Jeep winch would ever be used but yet hooks are considered a hazard or PIA on a Jeep but yet the standard on heavy recovery equipment.
My Qtec winch hook fits around a trailer hitch ball nicely. It will not slide off the top. No, the snap hook did not close. a
We did a gentle uphill pull to stretch and wind the cable. This hook is a REALLY convenient size. Duh. It fits a trailer hitch ball.
It fits tow/tree straps with ease. It is a large enough hook to do that.
Seriously. Why all the propaganda for thimbles and such? Is it really just for anondized aluminum mall crawl appeal or is there something I am seriously missing?
This is the first winch I have ever purchased and I understand what crappy and undersized hooks are all about through the years of them being used on chain falls, come alongs, engine hoists, etc. Seriously though. What is wrong with a large and properly rated hook? What are the REAL advantages to a thimble or other systems other than emptying your wallet or looking better at the mall?