View Full Version : $80 for an 'effen tow strap!
09-04-2002, 06:33 AM
And that's on sale!:mad:
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09-04-2002, 07:23 AM
I bought a warn 3inch wide tow strap years ago ,,, At the time I thought it was way to much as well,,, it was in the 60 dollar range then ! Being carefull that it never runs over a sharp edge all these years (ABOUT 20) I am still using it ,,, Its been well worth the money that I spent ! ALways make sure that you are the one hooking it up and it will last you a LONG time !I have gone through many of the cheaper straps ,( most of those were the 2 inch wide ones tho )
09-04-2002, 12:02 PM
Big bucks until the first time you need it. Just make sure you wash it everytime you use it and let it dry well. Get a canvas bag for it so that the shit in your tool box doesn't cut it up. Thats what I do and my 2" straps last for a long time.
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How much do you think my winch was??? Worth every cent don't you think??? A $80. strap is cheap.
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09-04-2002, 04:04 PM
Hey Killer ,, I agree ,,, Everyone should have at least one good tow strap on board !Then even before you get a wich start picking up the accessories . Pick up a snatch block or two ,, several shackles ,Even carey a 100 ft pice of cable with hooks ! There was one trip we went on back a few years now . I was a passenger and we were going on a trip that everyone going on had been many times ! I guess we all took for granted that even with a trail weve all been on you can still break down ! There were five trucks along ,, three of them had winches. We had a truck loose its clutch completley,,, It turned out that mud had debri had gotten behind the fingers and wouldnt allow the clutch to lock up ! So here we are , a vehichle with absolutley no drive , and about 50 Kilometers from the nearest main road , with some very steep four wheel hills to get up ! We were able to drag the truck all the way out ,, we burnt out stuff on two of the three winches to get him there , One of the tricks we used on this trip was on the steepest hill after loosing two of the three winches we used one of the cables as a pulling rope, With the broken truck trying to go up hill, we used a snatch block and the heaviest truck pointed downhill ,as he drove downhill it pulled the broken truck up hill! NOW in all that group of trucks ,, we only had one snatch block ( Kinda silly huh )Had we had even one more snatch block it sure would have made the rigging easier ,, and with each setup we could have pulled him farther before having to adjust the cables . We had to be careful not to have the cables hit the truck we were pulling up ,, had we had another snatch block we could have used another tree to keep the cables away from the truck . On my utility trailer that I use for the family trips I have two 100 ft cables with hooks !IF only we had them along on this trip ! It could have saved us many hours of sweating , grunting ,many trips climbing up and down the hill resetting the cables !
So my point is this ,, even if you dont have a winch ,, start to collect this stuff as you never know when you are going to need it ,,, and when you do ,, it can be a huge lifesaver !
09-04-2002, 06:24 PM
Thanks Bruce I was just getting over that nightmare called the Whipsaw. Here is the picture of the pulley up the/down the hill. I am tuly in everyones debt that helped out that day !!!
That was a very hard and long day,everyone stayed in a good mood and the kids never complained.
To top it all off on the way home around 3:00am The Chevy taking us home brokedown on the hwy outside of Hope and we had to phone a freind to come get us! Thanks Lyle !!
Take stuff if you break, you need stuff and stuff will get you home
09-04-2002, 06:58 PM
You have to agree about carying the proper stuff ,, and how much time it could have saved us in that situation and in another i'm sure you can remeber ( Think DEEP SNOW)
09-05-2002, 06:50 AM
Yeah, well It's a pretty cool strap. 4" wide and rated at 35,000lbs.
Should do alot better than the 2" strap rated at 10,000lbs that snapped like nothing up at postil.
I still think I'm going to go into the tow-strap makin business.
09-05-2002, 07:06 AM
no problem kev i would do that and more for any friend of mine. I was kinda laughin when bruce was talking about your ford i must admit though
09-05-2002, 07:29 AM
Notice in that little story I didnt name any NAMES lol,,, I didnt want to cause anyone any greif ,, just wanted to make a point about how important it is to go prepared !As we all have gone out unprepared and payed the price for it :(
Hey 80 bucks for a strap rated to 35000 ,,, that sounds not to bad to me ! It sure would seem like you could produce them a lot cheaper ! Maybe someone should check it out and make a buisness out of it ! I wonder if you would have to get an aproval for the strap ( Like a csa or something ) If that was the case then it would cost a fair bit to get started ,,, with the load testing , then aprovals etc ,,, That might be why they charge so much ???? Or it could just be they have a captive market and are just gouging !
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