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Color me impressed
#1347631 Sun Feb 23 2020 08:16 PM
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Sold my 1934 Auburn to a man that lives only four miles from shop so volunteered to help him unload it off the trailer. It was loaded with the big forklift so unloading with just a battery powered winch was going to take all the help he could get. All four tires flat and all four brakes locked up. Now for the shocker (to me) is he had a Jeep with a rope instead of a cable on the winch. The rope was run through a snatch block hooked to the bottom of one post on his two post lift and the first try just slid the Jeep across the concrete drive. He then positioned the Jeep with the front bumper against a tree and winched it off dragging all four wheels with flat tires off the trailer and into his shop. To say the strength of that winch rope impressed me would be an understatement and it was only about 1/2" in diameter.


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coilover #1347642 Sun Feb 23 2020 11:15 PM
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ON youtube there is a guy Matts towing and he uses one all the time to pull stupid people out of the sand in I think Utah.This is he.


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coilover #1347654 Sun Feb 23 2020 11:42 PM
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The vid shows a guy using a snatch strap. I keep a 30k rated one in the old Dodge dullay's tool box. It's fun to pull a really stuck rig out with one. Snatch straps are designed to stretch. You hook up, then the pulling vehicle hits the gas, hard. This caused the snatch strap to stretch (storing potential energy), then it contracts (kinetic energy) the retracting strap along with the effort of the pulling vehicle can usually get most any stuck rig moving. It feels strange when the strap starts to contract, pulling the stuck vehicle out and almost stopping the rescue vehicle. Once the initial pull effort has everbody moving it's just a standard pull till all are on hard ground.

The old Dodge is a 4x4 and has a (as expected, old) MileMarker 12k winch that has saved my bacon more than once. I've been debating changing out the wire cable for synthetic rope/cable for 5 years or more. Guess I need to actually do it and not just think about it.

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coilover #1347701 Mon Feb 24 2020 05:09 AM
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The thing that bothers me about a snatch strap, is if it breaks it is coming right back at you through your back window. They used to try to sell us on pulling buses out that way. It was not for me.
Jim

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coilover #1347720 Mon Feb 24 2020 09:27 AM
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Fond memories of the REAL WW2 era Dodge Power Wagons. My Dad did custom dozer work and sometime got his TD14 International stuck. Just following the war there were many Power Wagons around so he would get one to hook onto the dozer and most of the time it could pull/winch it out. Real beasts when it came to pulling.


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WE b OLD #1347783 Mon Feb 24 2020 08:38 PM
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Originally Posted by WE b OLD

That was pretty impressive, the way the rope just fell away. When I was doing vehicle recovery in the Army (tanks and such), the safety rule was stay back twice the length of the payed out cable. So if you had a snatch block on the vehicle being recovered and a two part pull of 50 feet total cable, everyone had to stay back 100 feet. The winch operator was protected down in the hatch of the M88. That was the rule for the 5 ton wreckers as well, but the operator wasn't nearly as well protected, but was at least up in the crane cab.


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coilover #1347830 Tue Feb 25 2020 03:10 AM
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When I was managing a heavy haul towing service our big rig had a 35 ton belly winch with 300 feet of 3/4" diameter wire cable. On any hard pull, we would thread the cable through a worn out truck tire, or maybe two or three if we had a lot of cable spooled out. In case of a broken cable or a failed clevis or snatch block, those tires kept the cable low to the ground. It still whipped around a little but it couldn't get airborne.
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