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Author Topic: A sad reminder about the need for knowledge and safety when doing recoveries ...  (Read 473 times)


Socrates

Awful - he was being a Good Samaritan.

Safety check:
-Overspec the strap for the weight of your vehicle
-Dampen the snatch strap with a bag or similar
-Don't attach to the ball of a tow hitch
-Snap straps have a finite life (check for damage)
-Use dedicated recovery points on the vehicle with correctly rated bolts; avoid tie-down hooks
-Clear spectators
-Check the rating of shackles
-Use minimum energy/run up

Any more?
      

Crackles

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-Overspec the strap for the weight of your vehicle
Never overspec a strap with a greater capacity than the recovery points on either car as this is where the problem lies. (FJ 8 tonne strap max)
      

Miles fj

May be try to use an equaliser strap, if one side fail it is still attached to the other side.
      

Stepho_62

A mate of mine had an "unfortunate" incident about 25 years ago pulling out a small stump with a shorty patrol.  He's still an active off roader but will never snatch anything without a mat over the back window.  It hooks around the roof rack legs.
      

Socrates

Interesting point - is a 2t strap appropriate for the FJ?
      

RedFJC

A 2 tonne ratchet strap ? No that wouldn't suit your requirements as a snatch strap.. As Craig has stated you'll find an 8 tonne strap perfect for your needs.
      

Crackles

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is a 2t strap appropriate for the FJ?
No. The rating of recovery equipment has less to do with the actual weight of the car & more to do with the resistance to pull it out. eg: a badly bogged FJ may require 5 tonnes to move it which is why an 8 tonne strap (breaking strain) is ideal. Bigger is actually not better as many recovery points will start failing over 10 tonne, even bull bars have been known to be pulled clean off. Better to snap a strap than have a piece of the car torn off becoming a missile which is what happened to this unfortunate guy.
      

dad

Has the exact cause of failure been identified?

Cheers

dad
      

BenCruiser

No. The rating of recovery equipment has less to do with the actual weight of the car & more to do with the resistance to pull it out. eg: a badly bogged FJ may require 5 tonnes to move it which is why an 8 tonne strap (breaking strain) is ideal. Bigger is actually not better as many recovery points will start failing over 10 tonne, even bull bars have been known to be pulled clean off. Better to snap a strap than have a piece of the car torn off becoming a missile which is what happened to this unfortunate guy.

Clear explanation- Found it very useful. Thanks mate!