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Snowbear - broken winch strap

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by budandbeans, Feb 12, 2006.

  1. budandbeans

    budandbeans Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    I made the leap 3 months ago and bought a snowbear. I have used it a couple of times (4-5) since purchasing it. Today, during the blizzard of 18" I took the truck out when there was about 6" on the ground to get a jump on the snow.

    The winch strap that pulls the blade up and down broke in the middle of using it. Anyone ever had that happen? Am I in for many years of replacing the strap? I followed the instructions for installation, but could I have done something wrong?

    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
  2. ICindrich

    ICindrich Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    I'm not familiar with the actual snow bear lift system, but if I am correct, it is the same idea as a winch on a boat trailer, with seat belt material. You should look around for some heavy duty nylon, maybe a canvas shop or something, instead of replacing it with a factory strap. Because if you go the OEM way, you will be in for a lifetime of replacing the strap!

    Just my two cents,
  3. Northman

    Northman Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 201

    I read up on snowbears when I wanted a lite plow for a S10. The weak link I found was the strap. They say if you are going to get one, you better have 2-3 straps for back ups. The first snowbears came out with chains for the lift. Might want to think about going to a chain down the road.
  4. dunedog

    dunedog Senior Member
    Messages: 129

    I Always back off the pile before lifting.

    If you don't you put alot more stress and wear-n-tear on the strap Every time you lift.

    Try to store the plow covered. I have a piece of rubber roof membrane that I cover the whole winch and frame area with when not in use.It keeps foreign mater off and maybe more importantly the sun/rain etc from weakening the nylon.

    It's a long hot summer too.
    Other than that as said get heavier material or double up the OEM.
  5. 00 Ram

    00 Ram Senior Member
    Messages: 113

    I'm not thrilled with the strap idea, either...now even less so. anyone see any reason why we can't we just go down to the hardware store and pickup a length of appropriately rated chain? or wire rope? :confused:
  6. groundbreakers

    groundbreakers Senior Member
    Messages: 828

    budandbeans - well fab up a small ( T ) shaped bracket then bolt it on the winch and drill a hole the the part that stick out .. and get your self some 1/4 inch coated steel cable ...