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Offline Vinman

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Excellent video of the potential dangers of winching
« on: May 13, 2019, 08:06:31 PM »
This is a real eye opener about the potential dangers when winching. I was really surprised with the results when synthetic rope breaks.


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Offline MattMan

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Re: Excellent video of the potential dangers of winching
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2019, 05:09:05 PM »
Impressively graphic... yikes!!
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Offline raf2379

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Re: Excellent video of the potential dangers of winching
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2019, 08:38:22 AM »
too bad they did only one test with synthetic rope, i would have liked to see comparison in damage and energy

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Re: Excellent video of the potential dangers of winching
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2019, 12:51:43 PM »
Yes - more vids of synthetic would have been good.

It does highlight one specific truth of synthetic line. It's going to stretch (ALL rope stretches)...and stretching stores energy, and that stored energy is dangerous. The big difference is that when synthetic cable snaps and recoils, it's a couple pounds of soft rope moving at high speed. When steel cable snaps, its ten or twenty times as much weight, and it's steel. That can do a LOT more damage. Synthetic line is likely to bruise.....steel cable can remove body parts.

That's also why I've started trying to get as many heavy metal pieces out of recovery systems as possible, and use things like soft shackles. One less hunk of metal to go flying. I can still remember the sound that the hook off the front of a TJ made as it flew through the air, punched through a hard top, and buried itself into the seat of another jeep. Not a sound that I ever want to hear again.
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Offline JohnB

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Re: Excellent video of the potential dangers of winching
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2019, 08:02:41 PM »
The stretch of synthetic is almost identical to steel. As above the difference is mass. What you really do not want to happen is the attachment point to fail causing the hook to fly. Make sure the rope is the weakest item.