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Safety Thimble: Uses Less Connection Points with a Bow Shackle than the Competitors

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Safety Thimble: Uses Less Connection Points with a Bow Shackle. One of the most impressive features of the Safety Thimble is the shape of the “eyelet” in the thimble. This purposely designed eyelet was originally designed for use with 3/4″ Bow Shackles (usually misnamed as D-Rings, but can also be referred as an Anchor Shackle). The eyelet on the Safety Thimble uniquely allows a 3/4″ Bow Shackle to be inserted into the Safety Thimble using either the “pin” end or the the “loop” end. Why is this significant? Because this allows the use of only one Bow Shackle to be used in a recovery. Winch Thimbles designed with just a round eyelet requires the user to use 2 Bow Shackles to make a connection. As everyone is aware, using less connection points reduces the amount of breaking points during winching. Less breaking points means less chance of a catastrophe happening while you are winching under a load.

Safety Thimble: Uses Less Connection Points with a Correctly Designed Eyelet

Here is how you would have to connect a winch thimble that uses a round eyelet. It even looks ridiculous doesn’t it? To not embarrass our competitors we used our thimble as an example.

Safety Thimble II:
Not the way to make a safe connection.

Here is how you would correctly connect to one Bow Shackle that is attached to a bumper with a Safety Thimble II.

Safety Thimble II: Bow Shackle connection
Using a Bow Shackle with a Safety Thimble II

Safety Thimble: Uses Less Connection Points with a Bow Shackle

Hopefully this illustrates one of the highly thought our designs that was incorporated in the “Original” winch thimble, the Safety Thimble. So if you have a thimble designed with just a circular hole for an eyelet, make sure you always carry 2 Bow Shackles ( D-Rings) or your thimble will be useless to you when you really need it. If your thimble has the correct eyelet, but does not say “Safety Thimble” and has the TRE Logo on it , then you purchased a product that has purposely copied ours, as we are the “Original” Safety Thimble, since 2004.

The “Original” Safety Thimble was the first “Winch Thimble”, designed and used in the off-road industry. The Safety Thimble has been in existence since 2004. For over 14 years, its well thought out design has made it unbeatable in Safety, not only for the user but also for your winching equipment such as the synthetic winch rope and Hawse Fairlead. In fact it is designed so well, that many competitors are now starting to copy it into their poorly designed products. Safety Thimbles are 100% made in the USA. The Original Safety Thimble can only be bought through Tactical Recovery Equipment or its authorized dealers.

The Safety Thimble II was precisely made for “USA’ made 3/4” Bow Shackles and Soft Shackles.


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TRE Recovery Gear in Use at Winter 4×4 Jamboree 2018


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Winter 4×4 Jamboree 2018

An off-road event like no other, the winter 4×4 Jamboree gets bigger and better each year. This Winter 4×4 Jamboree 2018 marked the fourth year that Tactical Recovery Equipment has attended while being a silver sponsor and vendor. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect with a warm 65 degrees on Thursday and Friday. The Weather then turned into rain and snow on Saturday but that made it better for the mud puddles!

On day two of the three day event TRE product was captured in the moment of recovery after a rollover. The roll over accident took place on Milts Mile. A green jku was too high on the mountain of an obstacle and made too sharp of a turn.  The jku rolled 5 times and into a two door wrangler. Thankfully no injuries occured to anyone in either jeep.

The red wrangler was then removed by winching him out with “The Original Safety Thimble II” and a TRE Soft Shackle. After recovering the red wrangler the next mission was to roll over the green JKU, with the help from Honey Badger by Scorpion Motorsports. Due to the angle and weight of the jku, two snatch blocks were used, one being the 2 lb aluminum TRE snatch block (connected with TRE soft shackles) to double the pulling strength to flip the jeep over. The recovery was a success and everyone walked away injury free. Both jeeps were able to drive out and finish the trail.

TRE would like to thank the event staff for putting on another amazing Winter 4×4 Jamboree, and the continued support from our customers. See you next year!

TRE Products Used During Recovery:

  • Snatch Block – Lightweight while being heavy duty,
  • Soft Shackle – Lightweight, safe, and can be used for multiple situations
  • The Original Safety Thimble II – The safest thimble option due to minimal connection points

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Tactical Recovery Products at Hump-N-Bump 2017

Tactical Recovery Equipment Product

Tactical Recovery Equipment attended the 36th annual Hump n Bump at the Logandale Fairgrounds this past weekend. This year was the 4th year that Tactical Recovery Equipment has helped sponsor Hump n Bump as a Gold Level Sponsor. TRE raffled off Two 85 ft. Winch Ropes with Safety Thimble II, Two Safety Thimble Fairleads, one 3/4 inch Kinetic Recovery Rope, as well as four Soft Shackles. Unfortunately there was one roll over this year during the Bronco Falls run, thankfully the driver walked away with no injuries! We also had a nice visit from Blackops with his 2017 Sema build of his LS7 1984 CJ7 On 49” Tires. It was another successful year at Hump n Bump selling real world safe recovery gear. If you have not yet been to this event, we suggest you check it out and register next year!

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TRE is Going to Hump-n-Bump This Weekend!

Hump-n-Bump 2015

The 34th annual Hump-n-Bump is this weekend, November 6th and 7th, and TRE will be there!

Come join us on the 4×4 trails and stop by the TRE tent that will be located by the front entrance. 

Check out Tactical Recovery Products like:

Safety Thimble, Safety Fairlead, Soft Shackles, Snatch Block, Kinetic-Energy Tow Rope and more! Continue reading TRE is Going to Hump-n-Bump This Weekend!

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