Thursday, Apr 20, 2017 at 09:33
Thanks for the reply and posting the example video.
"That may be so but how do you know that when you attach your car to one like that?
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You look at the recovery points, general chassis / fittings etc, estimate how bad the recovery is expected to be, and make a judgement call.
That video showed many mistakes or pure laziness.
a. that lightweight hilux (?) trying to snatch a 3t vehicle ? Get a more suited / matching weight recovering vehicle up front is more ideal.
b. the snatching vehicle wasn't actually doing a snatch, he was trying to tow it out initially. Should have had at least a few metres of strap loose to create snatching kinetic energy.
c. the snatch strap twisted like a piece of licorice.
d. no damper on strap
e. I couldn't see where the strap was attached to, ran through a gap in the bullbar ? Watch for sharp edges !
f. the vehicle bogged is obviously hung up, they need to do a lot more shovel work, or better in that case get it off the ground and pack some vegetation under the wheels to get it on the tyres.
g. sitting there spinning wheels only makes things worse.
h. that spotter gradually got a bit too close to the action in my view.
I firstly would have tried a reverse recovery, got it back out the way it came.
It's reasonably obvious the larger vehicle took a bad / different line and got into deep ruts.
The lux had a winch on it, far better to set it up and use a couple of winch extension straps to gently pull it out, in conjunction with some decent shovel work.
Better again to use a heavier vehicle with a winch, or use 2 or even 3 vehicles in tandem to anchor well enough to move move when winching.
It isn't easy assessing things in the heat of the moment, but a little thought ensures things are done better and a little safer.
It is easy sitting at home and watching a video assessing things :)
Good way to learn how to read things I feel.