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Recovery Gear

Straps & stuff!

Unsealed 4×4 ran a strap comparison in issue 012.  You can check this out here.  It’s interesting for two reasons.   Firstly, the Roadsafe Snatch Strap would have fared very favourably in this compare on both price & strength.  (Roadsafe Snatch Strap Testing Results performed by Noble & Son).  Secondly, the video’s in particular should be of interest, and demonstrate just how much force is held in the straps under load, and what happens when they finally let go.  A strap, once it has reached it max and lets go, is not something you would want to be close to, hence all of the strap and recovery safety precautions.  They are there for a reason – please heed them and keep yourself and your recovery observers safe.

Roadsafe Offer a great range of Recovery straps, with each one individually designed to suit its purpose, so you can have the right strap for the right application.

The Roadsafe Recovery straps are tested to certified standards, fully stamped and tagged rated, come complete with fully sewn eyes and protective sleeves.

Safe Strap Use Booklet

straps

Current Strap & Recovery Gear Offering from Roadsafe includes…

SB601 WINCH EXTENSION STRAP 20M 50MM 4500KG – ORANGE/BLACK
SB602 SNATCH STRAP 9M 75MM 8000KG – WHITE/BLACK
SB603 SNATCH STRAP 9M 100MM 11000KG – WHITE/BLACK
SB604 TREE TRUNK PROTECTOR 3M 75MM 12000KG – GREEN/BLACK
SB610 TREE TRUNK PROTECTOR 3M 100MM 12000KG – GREEN/BLACK
SB605 EQUALISER STRAP 2.5M 75MM 6000KG – YELLOW/BLACK
SB607 BOW SHACKLE 4750KG – BLACK/YELLOW
SB612 BOW SHACKLE 3250KG – BLACK/YELLOW
SB609 4500KG TOW HOOK BLACK
SB608 SNATCH BLOCK – 8000KGS
SB611 HEAVY DUTY RECOVERY KIT
SB625 ROADSAFE HD RECOVERY BAG – BAG ONLY – COMING SOON!
SB618 4 PIECE SNATCH KIT – CARRY BAG/SNATCH/2X4750SHACKLE/GLOVES
SB624 ROADSAFE KNOT STOP – COMING SOON!
SB613 SPEEDY TYRE DEFLATOR
SB614 TYRE REPAIR KIT
SB615 AIR COMPRESSOR 160L/MIN
SB621 AIR COMPRESSOR 72L/MIN

 

General Information

A Recovery Strap is a heavy duty nylon or polyester strap, used in vehicle recovery situations, that can stretch under load & spring back to its original length after load is applied. The combination of the recovery vehicle pull, and the tension in the strap creates a ‘snatching’ effect that can pull a vehicle free from being bogged. When used in accordance with the following guidelines, vehicles may be recovered with minimal damage to vehicles and equipment, and most importantly minimal risk of injury to people.
People intending to use this recovery strap should consider completing a nationally recognised four wheel drive training course or contact a four wheel drive club for comprehensive advice on the proper selection and use of the strap.

Key Information & Safety Recommendations

WARNING — Always follow product instructions. It is important to correctly attach the motor vehicle recovery strap to a motor vehicle. A standard tow ball or vehicle tie-down point is not designed for this purpose and may result in the strap or a vehicle component detaching from a motor vehicle and striking and seriously injuring or killing a person. Only attach the strap to a vehicle recovery point or device that is suitably rated for use with the strap. Incorrect use has previously resulted in serious injury and death.

Important

Personal safety and the protection of property are paramount when considering 4WD recovery.

Selecting the right Recovery Strap

It is very important to ensure you use a trap that is correctly rated for the recovery you are undertaking. A strap with a breaking strength that is too light for the recovery might snap under load. A strap with a breaking strength that is too heavy for the recovery might not stretch properly, placing stresses on the recovery points and possibly leading to damage or injury.

The Minimum Breaking Strength (MBS) of the strap should be between two and three times the Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) of the lightest vehicle used in the recovery process. Please be aware that the Recovery Strap will be under greater load if the vehicle is bogged in mud, sand or heavily loaded. If the GVM is not stated on the vehicles identification plate or registration certificate, it may be available from the owner’s handbook or vehicle manufacturer.

Roadsafe 4WD recovery straps come in a rage of high visibility safety colours. Different strap types are instantly recognisable and come with warning tags that include information such as strap type, rated capacity, material type and precautions.

Note – due to the nature of synthetic fibres, recovery straps do require ‘rest periods’ between use to cool down and return to their original length and capacity. Be aware that excessive pulls on a recovery strap over a short period of time can cause heat build up and lead to possible failure.

Keeping People Safe

Only the drivers of the stranded and recovery vehicles should be in the vehicles during a recovery. Ensure all other people stay at least 1.5 times the un-stretched strap length away from the vehicles and adjacent to the line of the recovery. Never stand between vehicles connected by a Recovery Strap.

Setting up and Making the Recovery

General Care and Maintenance

CAUTION – ALWAYS FOLLOW THE RECOVERY STRAP GUIDELINES FOR SAFE USE

 Impact on Envionment

 Always consider the impact you are having on your surrounding environment. As responsible 4WDers we need to take care of the areas we visit. This will ensure we have access in the future. Irresponsible 4WDers give four wheel driving a bad name, and result in temporary or permanent track closures.

During wet periods, 4WD’s can have a destructive effect on our tracks. Long term damage can result in track closures. Before you head off on your 4WD adventure, obtain a list of road closures from the relevant environment office or state conservation department.

Tree’s are an important aspect of 4WD’ing.  We use them regularly as anchors during recoveries.  Attachment should be via a ‘Tree Trunk Protector’ or similar.  Never wrap your wire or plasma rope around a tree to winch off – this will only result in ringbarking the tree, and eventual tree death.  A traditional Tree Trunk Protector is 75mm wide – this width works at providing a greater surface area over which the recovery forces can be spread.  Roadsafe have taken this a step further, and offer a TREE LOVING 100mm Wide Tree Trunk Protector.  Part Number SB610 this 100mm Wide Tree Trunk Protector creates a 25% greater surface area than standard straps for recovery force disbursement, and will certainly aid in preventing the tree from succumbing to ringbarking.

Recovery Points

It is imperative to ensure that only correctly mounted and rated recovery points are used for vehicle recoveries. Tie down points are not suitable for vehicle recovery. Check your vehicle manufacturer’s handbook for recovery point locations or use correctly rated and fitted aftermarket recovery points.

Do not use a tow ball or tie down point as a recovery point. Tow balls are not strong enough & not designed for this application. They are not manufactured from high tensile material and have been known to fail from stress, resulting in the potential to become lethal missiles. This has lead to serious injury and death.

 

need to get this in the book somewhere...!!!