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Old 11th May 2016, 11:37 PM
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Hey all....
Just looking at some Equalising straps for the Forester.
Was thinking 3m long should give a good pulling angle and 3t rating for the tiedown points.

With over 3t bow shackles.

What are you guys using?
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Old 12th May 2016, 03:19 AM
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I use a tree trunk protector; works well and serves a dual purpose.
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tree trunk protector = equalizer strap hell even a winch extension strap works, you just dont want to use a snatch strap as an equalizer
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+1 for tree trunk protector & 2x 3.2T bow shackles
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^ + another one for NL's suggestion.
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Old 12th May 2016, 07:09 AM
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Ok was just looking at getting a safe working load of 1.5t round lifting sling as would only be using it doubled.
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Old 12th May 2016, 07:29 AM
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Gidday Vert

I have a tree hugger (essential to protect our friends, the trees), a snatch strap and an equaliser strap (this is essential to protect monocoque frames), plus a couple of 3.2 tonne WLL rated bow shackles. There is a useful sticky thread about how to use them all.

Having both a tree hugger (with its non-abrasive cover), and a load distribution strap can be very, very useful at times.

The bow shackles must ONLY EVER be attached to the vehicle recovery points, and using the bolt part through the vehicle point so as not to chafe the LDS.
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Old 12th May 2016, 07:59 AM
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All good... Had a tree protector so grabbed a 2t swl round sling in a 3m.
Aus standard approved with ticks so more confident with that then some of the other gear around.
Will get some more bow shackles soonish. Always good to have some spares...
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Old 12th May 2016, 08:00 AM
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Cheers for advice all
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Hmm...a 2t strap? That would be 4,400lb which happens to be the heaviest my OB goes unpaved. That does not sound good at all unless the sling is rated 2t for lifting which in the US would be generally accepted to mean double that for pulling, thus 4t. And even 4t sounds way too little. A 2t strap would be considered ATV strap in the US.

Shackles are different, they are supposed to have big safety factors. Those I like are 4.5:1 so considering that they would be used hopefully once every few years the actual stamped tonnage is less important to me than the ultimate breaking point assuming you buy brand name shackles used in various industries (who would use the generic Amazon shackles in construction and logging or such?).

I have mostly stopped using generic vendors (amazon etc) for such things and turned to a specialized logging supplier site that only offers quality products.
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