Its a lottery where that rope or shackles are going to end up when they let go.... We had a Case Quadtrak on the farm , we nick named it the Chain killer...The chains and wire ropes that thing got Through!... The lesson is keep well out the way... Good post Rich.
This is part of a series, you’ll notice the Ute is in pretty poor shape before he starts. That’s because he’s been firing bolt on tow balls at it.
As you say, his message is also keep well out of the danger zone, don’t attach to tow balls of the bolt on kind, don’t use chains and make sure what you attach tobis goingvto stay attached to your rope/strap/winch line as well as to the vehicle.
Used to do breakdown and recovery in sussex used a DAF 2800 ATI 1x 15 tonne and 1x 10 tonne winch the ropes were about an inch thick but when on holiday another operator managed to snap a rope and buckle one of the stiff legs so what was he doing forgotten what the ropes were rated at but the breaking strain must have been up in the 40 tonne range a story of one firm was doing a recovery of a 17 tonne 360 stuck on the beach managed to snap their rope and it whiplashed round and cut off the cab and the flier where the beacons are so if winching at 20 yards your safety radius MUST BE 21 yards at a minimum but of course some people know much better and dont give a toss about others