Snatch Strap or Extension Strap?

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 01, 2018 at 11:35
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I have just been sorting through some excess recovery gear etc, my question is how do you tell the difference between a snatch strap & a winch extension strap?

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Reply By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Thursday, Feb 01, 2018 at 12:01

Thursday, Feb 01, 2018 at 12:01
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With mine, the snatch strap is several times thicker than the extension strap.
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Reply By: Malcom M - Thursday, Feb 01, 2018 at 13:11

Thursday, Feb 01, 2018 at 13:11
one stretches, the other does not.
Tie it to another car and pull it with your truck.
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Follow Up By: RMD - Thursday, Feb 01, 2018 at 13:39

Thursday, Feb 01, 2018 at 13:39
Isn't the weave of the straps different to each other and the snatch strap has more loopy surface appearance?
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Follow Up By: Malcom M - Thursday, Feb 01, 2018 at 13:59

Thursday, Feb 01, 2018 at 13:59
Think it depends on the manufacturer.
I have a snatch and extension that are visually near identical.
Without the labels I would have no idea which was which. Luckily the labels are still attached :)
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Thursday, Feb 01, 2018 at 15:45

Thursday, Feb 01, 2018 at 15:45
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Malcolm, are they the same cross-sectional dimensions?
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Reply By: rocco2010 - Thursday, Feb 01, 2018 at 13:49

Thursday, Feb 01, 2018 at 13:49
My Snatch strap has a label on it.

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Follow Up By: RMD - Thursday, Feb 01, 2018 at 15:44

Thursday, Feb 01, 2018 at 15:44
Being able to read is a bonus then.

The one being asked about seems to not have that, otherwise they wouldn't be asking.
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Reply By: Hoyks - Thursday, Feb 01, 2018 at 15:44

Thursday, Feb 01, 2018 at 15:44
My extension strap looks like a seatbelt weave, but around 3 times the thickness.

Tree trunk protector is a bit thicker and wider, doesn't stretch but looks like a similar weave as the snatch strap.

I have 3 snatch straps, all a slightly different weave, but all are around 2" wide and close to 1/4" thick, significantly thicker than the non-stretch straps.

As suggested above, tie it to a tree and give it a gentle tug. It will either pull you up or stretch a bit.
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Thursday, Feb 01, 2018 at 16:51

Thursday, Feb 01, 2018 at 16:51
Depends on the capacity of the snatch strap - I have a heavy vehicle so a heavy snatch strap that I will not normally use on a lighter vehicle so will not stretch much just trying to pull it - I would be looking for tags.
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Reply By: Dean K3 - Thursday, Feb 01, 2018 at 20:17

Thursday, Feb 01, 2018 at 20:17
safest option go to a rigging supply company get them to indentify which strap is what at least they have the correct loading equipment and can tagg accordingly

Might cost a few $ but better than finding out hard way.

Personally they should be colour coded - all good unless your colour blind

white: snatch
red extension (danger non stretch)
green tree trunk
Purple bridle strap (equaliser strap to share recovery load from winching or possibly snatching)

yellow tow rope for slow flat tow situations -technically illegal but better than leaving some vehicles stranded in certain places
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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 01, 2018 at 21:19

Thursday, Feb 01, 2018 at 21:19
I have bought my straps from reputable sources/distributors and none match that colour code.

Is there a standard?
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Follow Up By: Malcom M - Friday, Feb 02, 2018 at 06:34

Friday, Feb 02, 2018 at 06:34
none of mine match that either
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Friday, Feb 02, 2018 at 12:44

Friday, Feb 02, 2018 at 12:44
Thats because - he made it up - just his preferred colours.

I have a yellow snatch, a purple winch extension and a different colour tree protector.

My preferred colours are:

Yellow for snatch
Purple for extension, and
Green (for greenie) for the tree protector.

And orange for straight tow ropes.
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Follow Up By: oz doc - Friday, Feb 02, 2018 at 13:03

Friday, Feb 02, 2018 at 13:03
Hi dean,what did you mean by the comment "technically illegal" with regards to towing? Ta doc.
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Follow Up By: gbc - Friday, Feb 02, 2018 at 13:13

Friday, Feb 02, 2018 at 13:13
After a quick check of the ute I can confidently say that the new universal colours should be:
snatch - white
Extension - orange
Tree trunk protector - orange
Equaliser strap - orange
Now lets have some cooperation and do things my way;)
By the way I confess I had to google the strap brand and check colours to make sure it was an extension strap - I feel your pain.
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Friday, Feb 02, 2018 at 13:58

Friday, Feb 02, 2018 at 13:58
@Oz Doc - certainly in the ACT and NSW it has been illegal to tow a vehicle on the road with a rope for some time - hence the comment technically illegal.
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Follow Up By: Dean K3 - Friday, Feb 02, 2018 at 19:35

Friday, Feb 02, 2018 at 19:35
Colours are just a logical sequence - no standard but believe there should be one.

example Nato have about 10+ colour for various fuels and grades of fuel.

The common ones we would now start becoming familiar with are :red (petrol) Green: 2 stroke Yellow: diesel

Flat towing using a strap or tow rope isn't legal as towing vehicle has no control over the towed vehicle. Certainly applies in WA and nsw/act as mentioned earlier

Only way to get over this is to use a solid A arm or Stiff rod (pardon the pun) these are more commonly used to link prime movers up for extra traction/power on steep hills for oversize/over mass loads.

Some people have been using a little dolly trailer (lack of other suitable word) where front drive wheels are lifted off the ground and rear trails along, this is illegal unless its hookup behind a commercial rated vehicle.

Somebody got pinged in Eyre highway pre xmas last year for doing this to move a 2nd ute with a towing ute

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Reply By: Dean K3 - Tuesday, Feb 06, 2018 at 11:09

Tuesday, Feb 06, 2018 at 11:09
Little bit of info supplied by a sling manufacturer -might be worth knowing about

Hi Dean,

Snatch straps are generally made form nylon and is normally quite a loose weave. Winch extension straps are normally made from polyester which is not so elastic and a tighter weave.



However, if they are not tagged they should not be used and If the tag is missing it probably means they have had a hard life and should be retired anyway.

Goign to head back to them and discuss colours for identification
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