While not entirely cosmetic the coating and hook design are definitely more rugged looking. Note: you should never use recovery strap in a winching operation. Weighing only 2 pounds, rated Grade 110, and rated for 25,000 pounds, each hook is electromagnetically crack tested for quality assurance before being shipped out. More than likely, the throat of the factory hook simply will not big enough to accommodate both ends of a strap while still allowing the safety gate to close. In order for your vehicle to be freed successfully, the winch must be attached to a secure anchor point in a straight line from the point where your truck is stuck. Eventually, it will become like a solid anchor, and the stuck vehicle will start to move.
Growing up in the mountains, beach, and Southwestern deserts, Andrea is a full off-road enthusiast on two wheels and four. For the last year I've used both shackle and hook on the winch but prefer the shackle a lot more. And a winch may be the proper tool at that time. At Factor 55 we are still puzzled as to why winch manufacturers continue to sell winches equipped with hooks designed for chain links when off roaders have been using synthetic recovery straps for over two decades now. Under light tension, push down on each side of the strap to test if each one has about the same tension. Do not use a recovery strap as a substitute for a tree strap. The rigging pulls the vehicle in two directions, forward and sideways.
To move the vehicle one foot now, the winch has to pull twice as much line one foot from each side. Red warning marker encased in the strap indicates damaged webbing. The technical name for a standard winch hook is Clevis Slip Hook. A damaged safety gate can also damage your strap if allowed to push into and cut the fibers. Also note how the eye was damaged when we spooled it into the fairlead with nothing to stop it. It will put an initial load on the rigging, so make sure all your connections look good before putting the full load on the winch to bury the Pull Pal.
That being said, the rating for the hook is much higher. And this should be done sooner rather than later. The quick releasing pin saves set-up time on the job site. The Pull Pal will bury itself as you start winching. As such, it provides a more reasonable comparison with the Factor55 ProLink.
Somewhere along the lines D-rings came into play. Sometimes with fingers still attached! The average 8K winch exceeds the working load limit of these weak hooks regularly. End loops are reinforced with abrasion-resistant wear pads. Safety Protecting yourself and those around you is the first and foremost concern while winching. Typically the safety margin is at least 5:1. Use the disengage lever to release the winch cable. In addition, many 8-12K rated winches come with a hook that is rated for less than the winch! From tree trunk protectors, brackets to recovery straps, we have it all because we know the trails can be a little unpredictable.
This allows our engineers to optimize our product designs for the greatest strength to weight considerations. Two-Way Pull The ability to pull a vehicle in two directions at the same time with its own winch is very handy. To take up space and center the hook on the shackle pin, an equal number of washers can be put on either side of the hook. While rope failure does not happen often, this damper will help the rope fall to the ground if such an event were to occur. If you run the winch line straight out to a pulley on a tree strap and straight back to your vehicle, the winch will be able to pull twice as much because the full load is split between the two lines and the winch only has to deal with the load on its side.
Not so with closed-system winching. These gloves are designed to help protect your hands from the sharp barbs and abrasion that may occur when handling winch rope. Of course the safety factor built into the hook is 3-4X, but it is still not wise to exceed any working load limit of any hardware. Continue reeling in the cable until the vehicle is on a stable surface. Otherwise, the bottle opener seems to be an odd thing to add to a winch line hook. Hooking, or coupling, options typically take a back seat to other considerations in the beginning. Many straps on the market are too short for a stout tree.
Final Thoughts While the safety thimble and screw pin shackle are obviously a better overall setup. Many safety latches are simply bent sheet metal parts with sharp edges and springs. A better choice is an aftermarket hook that has a throat shaped to accommodate both loops from your tow strap and a stronger safety gate that will close completely under this condition. Some people have suggested removing the Factor55 thimble altogether and just running a screw pin shackle through the eye of the winch line. Having said that, most of us will have to admit that cosmetics do come in to play when making our choices. Otherwise, when the load on the rigging finally exceeds the drag from the bark of the tree, the strap will suddenly adjust and create a spike load. We are looking for the option that is least likely to fail.