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We have four big trucks that go out with us. We bring four straps and 3 chains. We hardly ever have trouble getting out. I mostly use the logging chain and have never had any problems with it. I have broken 3 straps and still have the chain. To each his own tho. My buddy won't touch a chain to his truck.
 

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you guys need to get Recovery straps alot of the straps your useng sound like there designed for hoisting and not pulling theres a difference.... an 8000lb truck can easily pull over say a 40,000lb rating, the hoisting slings arent designed for shock loading they do stretch but not in the elastic band type way. Most recovery straps should stretch almost double there length.

Useing chain or cable is just a ticking time bomb to someone loseing a head theres no give to them and the rating on them is no different then a sling and they do break easily.
 

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A quick way to reduce flying parts when using a chain or a cable is to take a half full sand bag and lay it over the middle. If the chain breaks it'll cause the long length to head to ground. I also have used an old fire hose and threaded the chain through that, My dad would only use a chain but put it in a pipe first but that's to awkward to carry.

I've used chains ropes and straps and only had one rope fail but we were trying to snatch something bigger than the rope's rating. Mooring lines are great, woven and braided are best, but watch the materials, polypropylene has very little stretch, and ropes really hate grease and oil. Most people don't think about it but you can wash ropes and straps, mild soap, I use Boraxo, just let them air dry.

Any of them can hurt you if they fail even cables. Nothing scarier than watching a 4" towing hawser explode.
 

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Nothing can hurt you during a slow pull - only when snatching. And chain is the safest when snatching; it stores nearly NO energy, so when it breaks, it drops. But it's also the least-effective for snatching, and hardest on the vehicles, because it stores nearly no energy.

So I prefer to use chain, and I almost never do snatch recoveries.
 

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I have seen a lot of chains break and come flying towards the moving vehicle when doing a snatch recovery.

To slow down a lot of the flying equipment place a coat or blanket over the chain, strap or what ever you are using.
 

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A chain max not flex/stretch to store energy, but when combined with a strap, it sure will. Seen it happen.
Sometimes you have to hook together everything you have. Lol
I've also heard of putting a tire in the middle. Basically take one section of chain, hook to one side of the tire, take another and hook to the other side. It'll take the jolt/shock out.

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Naturally, when you combine something safe with something unsafe, the result is unsafe. I was talking about chain ONLY. I was also talking about appropriately-sized chain; i.e., chain that can apply sufficient force for the recovery without breaking. Anything can be overstressed, so don't.

And though you may have to hook everything together, you don't have to snatch something that can't take it. If it broke, it didn't pull you out anyway, and probably won't now that it's broken. Always pull as slowly as possible. A slow pull WILL work on a snatch strap/rope/whatever. It's actually more-effective than chain/cable/inelastic because the stuck vehicle gets pulled even after it pops out of the hole. But it's a lot less-dangerous than snatching.
 

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Nothing can hurt you during a slow pull - only when snatching. And chain is the safest when snatching; it stores nearly NO energy, so when it breaks, it drops. But it's also the least-effective for snatching, and hardest on the vehicles, because it stores nearly no energy.

So I prefer to use chain, and I almost never do snatch recoveries.
If you haven't seen a chain whip when it fails you are lucky as I have.

20 years in the Navy, almost another 20 working in refineries, power plants, chemical plants, gas compression stations plus any where they used large rotating machinery. We used a lot of lines, cables, chains, and chain falls and the only place anything was snatched was flight deck arresting cables. I've had 2 ton cases seized in the fit and when it comes loose they will "bounce" a good 6 inches, why we use guide pins and safety stops. I've watched all sorts of chains, cables, and lines separate and go flying. If you pull something whether it's a steady pull or snatch watch out. We had to search for the link in a 5 ton that failed and found it sticking in a piece of 1/2" plywood.

Remember when pulling line of fire. If you are in it it can hurt.
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That size strap sounds about right for pulling a F350 out. You can brake anything if you pull hard enough. For most stuck in the ditch or a bit of mud stuff it will do fine. Now go past the axle in deep mud with suction from water and I would worry more about what I am hooking too than the strap. I have a hitch on both front and back of the truck. I picked up a big hook that fits in the hitch which is great for hooking straps. I agree a clevis to frame is best but not so easy on some trucks/cars. I carry a big strap and short heavy chain so I can hook into frames easy. If I worry about any failure of strap I put coat or blanket over strap. Get EVERYBODY clear of cable, chain or strap on both sides, I have broken all of them in the past. Bottom line is that strap is fine, how will you hook it to front and back of your truck and what you are pulling or is pulling you???
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get yankum ropes. matts off road recovery on youtube uses them for a lot of recoveries. rated up to 90000+ lbs for mining trucks and stuff. bungee rope so it probably won't snap. yankum Ropes
 
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