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Old 05-19-2020, 12:28 PM
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I read about these on a forum where people were worried about scratching up their chrome tow hooks. Seriously.

Then I watched several Utube videos on them. Also several destruction testing of straps and lines.

Anyways, a synthetic rope with a protective sheath that stays together with a ball head through an adjustable braided loop. Strengths vary. Yes, more $$ than a steel shackle.
But you can wrap them around a lot of things that have no tow hooks or too large for your shackles. Big bonus, connecting lines or straps together or to a tree saver. Using a steel shackle results in an extra killer missile if the line breaks. Yes, you can run line loops together but that can result in two straps/lines permanently attached due to stretching and contracting.

Used one for the first time yanking my lawn tractor front wheels out of a 6" rut left by my SIL's dump trailer was turned around there with 6 ton or so of #2 gravel in it. He did double my gravel driveway width, though.

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I ordered some soft shackles and a snatch rope from Bubba Ropes. After getting the shackles and watching YouTube how-tos, I ordered some Dyneema and I’m going to make my own.

They are fairly easy to make.
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I thought you were talking handcuffs. ��
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Use the equipment like it should and you’ll be fine. Snatch straps are made to use the shock of a loose strap like a rubber band. A chain is made to stay tight and give a constant pull, no snapping. I’ve never had issues with the old school metal screw in shackles and 1/2” or larger chain. Snapping a chain can shoot the chain or what it is attached to back and seriously injure someone. For vehicles I have big snatch straps and heavy gauge shackles or a pintle hitch to attach and pull. Both shackles and attachment points are many times heavier duty than the vehicle. (60klb snatch strap and 20k lb shackle for 8k vehicle)
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Nylon rope or straps stretch a lot. Polyester straps don't. For most strap applications you don't want stretch.
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I'll just stick with my CGU-1B's that I've never had a problem with, EVER! Thank You!
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Soft shackles and a snatch rope?

I don't even want to know.
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I thought you were talking handcuffs. ��
I had the same thought, and was going to mention the hobbles that I just bought for the goat...
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For a tow/snatch strap?? NO That's tiedown strap.
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Never had luck with horse hobbles. Except cross tie between opposite front and back leg. Otherwise with front feet hobbled, in less than an hour they go from stumbling around to galloping with front feet together. Horses can also kind of tip toe across cattle guards. Though if they slipped it would be realy really bad.
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Why people have chrome tow hooks is mildly mind boggling to me, but that's subjective and irrelevant.

I will never in my life use synthetic rope of any kind against metal for any towing, tie down or rigging application. As a millwright, I've done it as a last resort and it failed... Miserably. I did argue against it in the first place to no avail.

To me, after looking into them, they look like a money grab for people who go "rock crawling," but don't actually do much more than drive around.
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When I saw 'soft shackles are a must for me' I thought I must have stumbled onto some kinky S & M site!!! Then I actually read it!
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I read about these on a forum where people were worried about scratching up their chrome tow hooks. Seriously.

Then I watched several Utube videos on them. Also several destruction testing of straps and lines.

Anyways, a synthetic rope with a protective sheath that stays together with a ball head through an adjustable braided loop. Strengths vary. Yes, more $$ than a steel shackle.
But you can wrap them around a lot of things that have no tow hooks or too large for your shackles. Big bonus, connecting lines or straps together or to a tree saver. Using a steel shackle results in an extra killer missile if the line breaks. Yes, you can run line loops together but that can result in two straps/lines permanently attached due to stretching and contracting.

Used one for the first time yanking my lawn tractor front wheels out of a 6" rut left by my SIL's dump trailer was turned around there with 6 ton or so of #2 gravel in it. He did double my gravel driveway width, though.

"Now I'm a Believer".
That's why you put something strong but lightweight in the connection to allow you to get them apart afterwards.
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All our bug-out vehicles carry tow straps & clevis's.
(Compact, strong & very versatile)





The HVY duty vehicles also carry choker type tow cables & tow chains.
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