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Recovery Strap Tech--compare to tow strap, tow rope

Recovery Strap Tech: submitted by Jandy.

Buying a recovery strap shouldn??t be considered rocket science. Most of us have gone to the local auto store and bought the cheapest and simplest strap available. We??ve all done it. Although ?C it may seem simple, there??s a lot more you should know. This article is a condensed version of all the various information I??ve found about recovery straps on the internet.

Recovery Straps, Snatch straps, Tow Straps, Tow Rope??
I??ve discovered some confusion regarding these terms. Most people would assume all of these terms represent the same product. During my research ?C they can represent many things. Tow Straps can be listed for ??towing??, ??hauling??, and ??tie-down?? purposes. OR ?C can depict the type of PULL you must use to extract a vehicle, where the strap does not have a sufficient stretching characteristic. Recovery or Snatch Straps are listed as recovery purposes and depict the proper ??stretching?? characteristic needed for proper & safe vehicle recovery. Tow Rope/Recovery Rope: Synthetic tow ropes are also available in various thickness and lengths ?C however, sometimes cost 3 times more than your standard recovery strap.

Recovery Strap Basic Information:
Recovery Straps are one of the most important pieces of equipment every off road enthusiast should carry. You should carry it with you at all times ?C not only for you, but to help others in need of distress. Recovery straps can be used in many different situations and its important to understand & respect them as a valuable tool. The proper recovery straps are designed to stretch when yanked which stores potential energy that releases a "rebound" effect providing tremendous kinetic energy to free the stuck vehicle, in the safest manner possible. This stretching also protects each vehicle from shock stress during a recovery yank It is best and safest to use recovery straps that have no metal fittings, or no metal hooks. Metal hooks can become deadly projectiles if the hook comes off the vehicle or the tow strap breaks. Sewn loops ends are preferred for safest operation. Never use chains, wire rope, or any other metal objects of extracting vehicles. The only exception to using wire rope, is when winching.

Tow Strap Sizes: Tow straps come in a variety of widths & lengths.
Widths can vary from 2?? up to 6?? wide. The wider the strap, the higher the capacity but the less elasticity/ stretching characteristic is has. The general rule of thumb is to pick a snatch strap
with 3 to 4 times the weight rating of your vehicle's Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW).

Lengths can vary from 15 feet up to 30?? or more. The length you chose is more of a personal preference and may be determined by the type of vehicle recovery you??re most likely to encounter. However ?C the shorter the strap, the harder it will be to maneuver two vehicles for a safe recovery. A strap that is too long ?C should never be doubled up and should never be knotted to take up the extra slack.

Recovery straps are made of specialized synthetic (nylon) webbing that should be uniform in thickness and width, fully woven width, sealed ends (by heat) to prevent unraveling, stitched loops, abrasion resistant, sealed to help prevent penetration of foreign particles and sunlight.
Recover Straps should always be labeled accordingly by the manufacturer with the manufacturer name, code or stock number, rated loads, and type of webbing material.

Common terms you may run into when purchasing a tow strap:

Tensile Strength: The maximum stress a material subjected to a stretching load can withstand without tearing.

Breaking Strength: The applied force required to rupture a specimen in a tension test under specified conditions.

Overall ?C the biggest most important aspect about buying a recovery strap, is to make sure you never buy a strap with metal hooks ?C always buy recovery straps with sewn loops. Make sure the strap you purchase has the ??stretching?? or ??snatching?? characteristic. Make sure the rated strength of the strap is capable of handling your vehicle or the vehicle of others in a variety of situations.
Photo Example:

ProComp Recovery Strap- 3" x 30' 30,000 lb. rated.

Warn Clevis D-Shackles- 3/4" Shackle with 7/8" diameter pin.

Tonny- the manager of TOOLEE GROUP INC. find the article from internet.