Re­cov­ery points and rat­ings

NZ4WD - - Recovery Equipment - By Scott New­ble, Op­po­site Lock 4WD.

For any 4WDer their re­cov­ery gear is a sta­ple part of their over­all kit on board. And with so much avail­able to the con­sumer, it is hard to imag­ine any­one know­ingly hit­ting an off-road en­vi­ron­ment with­out at least the ba­sics. How­ever, it is worth go­ing through the ba­sics, es­pe­cially for those new to the game. Po­ten­tially over­looked too fre­quently by those out­side 4WD clubs, for in­stance, are the re­cov­ery points per­ma­nently fit­ted to the ve­hi­cle. You can have all the snatch straps in the world, but un­less you have some­thing strong to at­tach them to on the ve­hi­cle, you are wast­ing space and money.

Re­cov­ery points

Th­ese days, man­u­fac­tur­ers like Road­safe pro­duce ve­hi­cle-spe­cific re­cov­ery points, specif­i­cally de­signed for each model, usu­ally of­fered in matched pairs, which fit to the front of the 4WD’s chas­sis rails. In al­most all cases the points are rated to 5000kg WLL (work­ing load limit) per point. The ad­van­tage to hav­ing pairs of points is that you can use equaliser straps be­tween them to re­duce the over­all chas­sis strain and po­ten­tial twist pro­duced dur­ing ag­gres­sive snatch re­cov­er­ies. Be­ing mounted to the front of the chas­sis also im­proves ac­ces­si­bil­ity, and means the strain of the re­cov­ery is ap­plied di­rectly to the chas­sis, rather than cross mem­bers or bar work.

Rat­ings

Rat­ings are a pretty big deal when it comes to your gear. Ev­ery man­u­fac­turer needs to be able to of­fer proof that their prod­uct can do what it claims. This more of­ten than not will be a tag with the kilo­gram work­ing load limit, length and batch code sewn onto the strap at the eye or stamped to a plate. Ac­count­abil­ity is some­thing ev­ery­one has to deal with nowa­days, so best to em­brace it. I per­son­ally pre­fer to use rated closed-loop style re­cov­ery com­po­nents over hooks, purely be­cause of the strength and strap se­cu­rity (won’t slip off the hook) and I don’t like to rush into re­cov­er­ies, tak­ing time to eval­u­ate a safe re­cov­ery when­ever I can. There are go­ing to be times when a snatch strap, winch, tow strap, re­cov­ery board, shovel or jack could be the best and safest method to get the ve­hi­cle back in mo­tion. Know­ing which will only come from ex­pe­ri­ence. Hav­ing no op­tions can re­duce your progress sig­nif­i­cantly. Fi­nally, a thought be­fore I go. Ev­ery­one gets stuck at some stage, so re­lax, take in the sur­round­ings. There’s a good chance you’re not at work!

Time to work out some re­cov­ery op­tions.

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