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Multi-purpose strap

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by cbcs1987, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. cbcs1987

    cbcs1987 [OP] Redneck from the hills

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    I'm plannin on going to buy a giant ratchet strap tomorrow. As far as use for offroading, it will only be used for minor "stuck" situations. I wont be takin my truck on to harsh of a trail. It will probably only be used for very mild snatching when friends get stuck in a slew we go to alot. Anyways, I was wanderin if the giant "ratchet strap" at home depot and lowes would work for that. Heres what I'm talkin about- http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=45494-37340-1RT227&lpage=none

    It's primary use would be for something else but if I could also safely use it for mild snatching that would be great. If not I'll just by a recovery strap too. Just wanderin if you guys think it would be safe to use. They have advertised a working load of 10,000 lbs. Just tryin to kill 2 birds with one stone​
     
  2. Janster

    Janster Old & Forgetful

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    You should always wheel with another vehicle - and you wouldn't need to ratchet yourself out of a 'stuck'. Sorry, had to mention it. :D

    The one problem I see with using that ratchet strap, is that it'll stretch and you don't have a lot of 'leverage' to muscle the load. And what I mean by that is - once you hook that up and after you ratchet it enough to get the 'stretch' out of the strap - that is when you're muscles are gonna be killing you. That ratchet handle is very short - not nearly long enough to get the leverage you need to pull on a 4-5000lb vehicle.

    Do you have a hi-lift jack?

    You're much better off using a hi-lift jack.
    Take a look at this site:
    http://www.bb4wa.com/articles/hilift_jack.htm

    Using the hi-lift jack, you're doing the same thing, but you have a much stronger device and a longer handle for the leverage you need.
     
  3. Delmarva

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    I think you should buy a hookless recovery strap. Then buy a normal ratchet strap for securing loads, etc.

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  4. cbcs1987

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    Sorry I didn't explain better. I'm not actually going to be using the ratchet part itself if someone were stuck. I would only be using the ratchet strap as a recovery strap (not using the ratchet handle). The only time I would be using the ratchet strap as a ratchet strap is for when we go huntin and I have to use it for cargo on the trailer. I was just wantin to be able to get a giant ratchet strap to kill 2 birds with one stone. Basically, I want the ratchet strap for haulin cargo, but if it can also serve as a recovery strap, that will save me some money. Sorry i know this is confusing

    edit- I will probably end up just gettin both in the end. Just now noticed where you said it'll stretch
     
  5. Stu

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    1 point that may have been over-looked is that DelmarvaTaco stated a "hookless" strap for a very good reason. Should a strap break under a load, ie, towing your buddy out of the slew, that anything attached to that strap becomes a missile. The ratchet strap you speak of would be a nasty missile. That is why you hear of folks throwing a coat or towel over a atrap when being towed. It retards the energy of a strap if it breaks.
     
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