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Old 16th January 2016, 09:29 AM
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Not sure what you mean about a hard/soft eye. One thing to remember is to use as little hardware (shackles, etc) as possible
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The images explain better than I can....

The soft eye basically leaves the bare cable to pull against the straps....

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Yeah, I'd go the hard eye. I would also put a rag around the cable side to protect the strap.

What soft shackles did you get?
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One of these.... 14 ton breaking strain - quality seems pretty good, I'm going to pick up another one.... certainly bigger in 'person' than they look in picture!

from New Zealand, ebay - under 'Soft Shackle w/ sleeve Dyneema Winch Rope SK75 SYNTHETIC CAR TOW RECOVERY CABLE'
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Is it this one?
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Soft-Shac.../111861396936?
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No - same seller though - I might have got the last one of the others?
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No worries, they messaged back & I got this one, will be good to connect straps together
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/111878061...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
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Same as mine - I still wouldn't like that dyneema knot flying at me though!
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yeh - don't use a 'soft' cable eye like that.. you'll reduce the breaking strength of the line dramatically and increase abrasion. Breaking strength is strongly related to bend radius.

You need a large hard eyelet with no sharp edges. Even that eyelet you have shown has some very small radius edges.


Something like this is better: http://treegear.com.au/collections/c...mm-8mm-thimble

That green soft shackle you posted shows what you should put over the line where abrasion is a concern - a sacrificial chafe cover.
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Thanks for the reply....
I will look at sourcing a large eyelet, in the meantime a fireman I know is going to get me some condemned firehose, will use as a sleeve over a strap/soft shackle.....
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