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Tow strap

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Vaughn Schultz, Dec 10, 2004.

  1. Vaughn Schultz

    Vaughn Schultz PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,565

    What is your tow strap rated at that you keep in your truck in case you get stuck? and brand suggestions? (just trying to get an idea)

    * I have a 1993 dodge ram short bed *
     
  2. DJL

    DJL Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    15k ea. i have two, ~15-20' long
     
  3. PlowKid150

    PlowKid150 Senior Member
    Messages: 165

    1 million pounds :jester:
     
  4. SnowCrow

    SnowCrow Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Tow Strap.

    30K, 30 feet, and have broken them repeatedly.
     
  5. Bad Luck

    Bad Luck Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    15k, only 20ft I beleive...

    I'll be ordering a J-hook chain set up with a bridle at the end and a cruise loop from A&W.

    We use these things for years DAILY at work and they never break.
     
  6. Vaughn Schultz

    Vaughn Schultz PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,565

    Thanks guys, keep them coming
     
  7. hoot

    hoot Senior Member
    from SE Pa.
    Messages: 156

    You know Duke?
     
  8. festerw

    festerw Senior Member
    Messages: 986

  9. NJ Plowman

    NJ Plowman Senior Member
    Messages: 799

    We keep a 30,000lb pull strap in each truck. They are 30 feet long and since we have several trucks and each one has one we can almost always join two of them together and get 60 feet if we need it. We never use chains, the straps act like a huge rubber band and multiply the pulling force without transferring any of it to the truck frame like a chain would do. Another "must do" thing is to put a small, folded blanket (or coat) over the center of the strap (or chain, if you really want to use one). If the strap or chain breaks the blanket will cushion the flying end of the strap and save your truck...and possible your life.

    Just figured I would pass a little knowledge on...might save a fellow plower's life! :salute:
     
  10. bnrhuffman

    bnrhuffman Member
    Messages: 83

    Heres another little safety tip. Straps do act like big rubberbands. If they break they will fly around. Get a strap with loops on the ends, not hooks and be positive that the tow point on both vehicles isnt going to come loose. The last thing you want is a metal hook flying through the air.
    Heres a series of pics of a tow hook that passed through the rear hatch of a Cherokee, hit the pass. headrest, and shattered the windshield from the inside.
    SnowCrow, what are you doing with your 30K lbs straps that youve broke them repeatedly? Pulling tractor trailers out of ditches with an M1 Abrams?

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  11. HereToLearn

    HereToLearn Member
    Messages: 93

    Hey guys, what is a "come-along"? Looks like a hand held jack almost
     
  12. LINY Rob

    LINY Rob Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    you use the handle to crank it along

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  13. 85F150

    85F150 Senior Member
    Messages: 340

    come along is basically a hand winch....work good for pulling ya out of the snow if you can find something to attach too but they turn into butter when trying to use them to pull you out of muck :D

    30k straps are easy to break when pulling other vehicles out of mud or trucks that don't know when to stop once they are stuck. My latest strap is about 6inches wide, and is rated at 75k, cost of 80 bucks and haven't broke it yet.
     
  14. bnrhuffman

    bnrhuffman Member
    Messages: 83

    Come-along = hand operated winch. Its a pully with a ratchet, handle and 20 or so feet of braided cable.
    When you say handheld jack, you may be thinking of a Hi Lift jack or farm jack. They can be used to pull with also. Vary versatile tool that can be used for alot but isnt great at anything.

    Edit=Man you guys are quick.
     
  15. HereToLearn

    HereToLearn Member
    Messages: 93

    so you have to crank it by hand? isn't that a little difficult?
     
  16. bnrhuffman

    bnrhuffman Member
    Messages: 83

    Ive got a 15K or 20K strap that Ive used for 4 years and havent had a problem with yet. I dont generally yank anything bigger than a midsized vehicle out of mud though.
     
  17. bnrhuffman

    bnrhuffman Member
    Messages: 83

    Yes.
    But, trust me, its better than nothing. The handle gives you pretty good leverage but they are limited.
     
  18. 85F150

    85F150 Senior Member
    Messages: 340

    they are better than nothing, i have used the ones i had to pull me out of mud up to the frame....i now upgrade to a hi-lift jack with off road kit so i can use it like a winch....alot better leverage but also alot more dangerous since the down stroke when going up can knock you out with the weight of the truck (i have experiance at that) and when letting it down it kicks up with the weight of the truck
     
  19. HereToLearn

    HereToLearn Member
    Messages: 93

    So I take it you hook one end to the truck and the other end around a sturdy object like a tree, then you crank away?
     
  20. btrussell

    btrussell Member
    Messages: 65

    Exactly right hereto learn. You hook the end with the crank to a sturdy object idealy a big tree and the other end to your truck or car or whatever it is you are pulling, granted you are close enough. Most come alongs don't have more than 8- 12 ft of cable on them so its handy to have a tow strap or in my case 5/8 hard nylon rope. I tell you you its hard to break that twisted nylon unless it gets freyed. I've tightened up on trees with that stuff till my truck was spining all fours. we also use it a lot on our boats too.