Snatch straps are a very useful recovery tool but very
dangerous if not used correctly.
The straps use kinetic energy to move a
bogged/stuck 4x4, this greatly reduces shock loads on recovery points as it
pulls gradually like a rubber band stretching and then retracting.
is quite fast compared to winching, if stuck in water a snatch-strap would be
the preferred option.
A regular strap would put massive shock loads on recovery
points as when the strap reaches its full length it would violently pull, this
action would snap most straps/ropes the first time. For this reason we have
The straps only have a life span of about 10 fully loaded
snatches, after than they start to lose their kinetic ability and will snap
possible injuring someone or damaging a vehicle.
For Snatching Tips See Here.
Extension straps look the same as Snatch-Straps but are in fact very different.
An extension strap is used with Winches and snatch straps when they just don’t have the required reach or it’s safer to be further away.
Never use an extension strap as a snatch strap as it will
cause whiplash and vehicle damage!
Take a hill for instance, a 4x4 is at the bottom of a 30m
hill, the recovery (winching vehicle) is at the top and needs to winch the 4x4
from the bottom to the top 30m, the winch rope is 35m which puts the winching
vehicle too close to the peak of the hill.
This poses two problems, 1 sliding
down the hill and 2 once winching the 4x4 up it won’t be at the top as the
recovery vehicle is in the way. An extension strap here will help you gain
9-12m (9-12m is the general length available) depending on the length of strap.
Other uses are:
Replacement for a drag chain (this will wear and damage the
Strapping a vehicle to a tree during a dangerous situation
while rigging up a recovery. Perhaps the vehicle is in danger or rolling before
a recovery can take place. Or preventing the vehicle from moving in a specific
direction whilst recovering.
Aiding a recovery by using it to attach to the rear of a winching vehicle (vehicle A) and attaching the
other end to another vehicle (vehicle B) to
help anchor the winching vehicle (vehicle A) while
it recovers the bogged 4x4 (vehicle C). This
is a good way to pull vehicles up hills or out of super stick mud.
Towing a vehicle on firm ground.