Thank you Anti, this site came in slightly cheaper than the ebay sources I had been finding. And since it wasn't auction based I was able to order it just how I wanted. I couldn't find anything on them through the better business bureau but they did accept Paypal so no worries there. I hope to have it by the end of the week!
You might want to get a slip hook also. I keep one in my recovery bag as occasionally they are more useful than a grab hook, like for dragging trees off the trail. They're easy to swap out with the grab hook when needed.
Four wheel drive allows you to get stuck
in places even more inaccessible.
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Yes, it's a bunch of work, but it beats sitting down and twiddling your thumbs waiting for someone with a winch to come rescue you.
I ordered one chain with clevis (both ends) and one with slip hooks, I figured I could use the clevis or interchange depending on the situation.
There is an old timer idea of running a rope (not wire rope) threaded through the chain links to prevent a snap back. Use the biggest rope that will fit through the links.
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Yes to soak up energy from a break. To winch maybe go every other link to have one to lock into place or hook the chain back on itself.
I have never done this so...
I have seen a 3/8 logging chain stretched until the links locked permanently. Didn't break, but would have if it would have continued to be used. Takes a lot of force to do that. More than you can generate with a hi lift by a lot, so i probably wouldn't worry to much about the chain. Hooks and anchors are where i focus my attention.
Ok, so I ordered 2 25' lengths of chain, but now have added a 47'+/- of winch extension line (eyes at both ends). I will ditch one of the chains and carry the chain/rope combo. This will give me the 25' for the majority of extractions, and the extension for bigger obstacles. I would like to add a snatch block eventually, but for now this setup should work very well.
Thanks to all for the great input.
I'd like to see how someone would have used a winch extension to winch with a Hi-Lift. It won have worked for getting some extra reach to an anchor but that's it. I think for what your doing the chain was the only practical solution. I use my chain instead of snatch straps most the time, but only with slow steady pulls no yanking. I haven't needed to use a strap in a couple of years now. Also to really help when winching with a high lift try to clean and lube the bar & feet it'll make the same work alot easier. I used to be broke too