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.
Here is how you would correctly connect to one Bow Shackle that is attached to a bumper 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.
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
Kinetic Recovery Ropes can pull you out of just about any situation including mud, sand, silt, or snow. Kinetic Recovery Ropes provide superior performance, strength and durability compared to conventional recovery and tow straps. The Kinetic Recovery Ropes ability to elongate, up to 30%, under load allows it to use it’s own kinetic energy to help reduce the amount of energy needed to recover your vehicle. TRE uses a double braided nylon rope that feature a urethane polymer coating making them resistant to UV, water and abrasion. Our recovery ropes are commercially braided and spliced with heavy duty loops on each end allowing multiple ways to make connections no matter what type of vehicle you are trying to recover.
Kinetic Recovery Rope Features:
Urethane Polymer Coating to protect against abrasion, water and UV
Heavy Duty eye loops on each end to make connections easy
Ultimate transfer of the pulling vehicle’s kinetic energy by elongating up to 30%
Absorbs bounce upon take off unlike cables, chains, or standard tow straps
All TRE kinetic recovery ropes have Orange eye loops
TRE currently offers Kinetic Recovery Ropes in many different strengths depending on the weight of the vehicles being pulled.
Factors on choosing a the right Kinetic Recovery Rope
There are a couple things you should keep in mind when determining which Kinetic Recovery Rope is right for you
What is the weight of the vehicle you will most likely be pulling
Are you pulling or snatching a vehicle that is stuck in deep mud, sand, silt or snow ( Kinetic Ropes are not made for towing
Also for Kinetic Recovery Ropes bigger is not necessarily better. These ropes are designed to be effective when they have the ability to stretch to help recover a vehicle. If you choose a rope that is too large of a capacity for the weight of the vehicle you will not get the Kinetic energy needed to be effective during the recovery. We suggest for most off road vehicles the 18,000 lb. rope to be the most effective.
If you would like to see more description of each of our ropes, then please check out this link Kinetic Recovery Ropes.
Tactical Recovery Equipment offers a synthetic replacement winch rope for Warn 8274-50 winches. The Warn 8274-50 winch was originally sold with 5/16 wire cable. We recommend for synthetic winch rope to upgraded to a 3/8 x 100 ft. synthetic winch rope. This upgrade give your winch ro[e a breaking strength of 20,000 lbs. which is more than double the strength of the original 5/16 cable, allowing you a significant safety factor while winching. All TRE Replacement Synthetic Winch Ropes are made of true Sk75 Dyneema 12 strand synthetic rope with a breaking strength of 20,000 pounds. Our Replacement Synthetic Winch Rope for Warn 8274-50 comes with two options for a connection point; Safety Thimble II or a standard black steel eyelet. Each synthetic rope comes with 8 ft. nylon sheathing as well as our newly designed replacement drum attachment. TRE offers 10 different colors of synthetic rope, as well as each rope comes pre-assembled and ready for installation. Continue reading Replacement Synthetic Winch Rope for Warn 8274-50
TRE Replacement Winch Rope for Smittybilt Winches are available for all models of Smittybilt winches. Our winch rope is made of true Sk-75 12 strand synthetic rope with 20,000 pounds of breaking strength, Each Replacement Winch Rope for Smittybilt Winches can be purchased with a Safety Thimble II or standard steel eyelet and also comes with 8 ft. nylon sheath and a replacement drum attachment. Replacement Winch Rope for Smittybilt Winches is available in 11 colors as well as the appropriate length depending on your Smittybilt winch model. Replacement Winch Rope are a direct replacement rope that comes pre-assembled and ready to install. Continue reading Replacement Winch Rope for Smittybilt Winches
ATV Winch Rope with Safety Thimble is available at Tactical Recovery Equipment in many different colors. Our ATV Rope is designed to be used on common winches used on ATV’s and UTV’s ranging in capacities of 2000 lb. to 5ooo lbs. We use Heavy Duty , light-weight synthetic rope. Our ATV Winch rope is rated at 7900 lbs which more than enough to winch your ATV or UTV out of difficult situations. Each ATV Winch Rope comes with a Safety Thimble I already pre-assembled and is the perfect option for safely protecting yourself from injury as well as protecting your ATV winch rope. Continue reading ATV Winch Rope with Safety Thimble – Tactical Recovery Equipment
Blue Winch Rope is available from TRE in both 1/4″ ( ATV/UTV Winches) and 3/8″ ( Most Off Road Recovery Winches) and are available in different lengths depending on your winches needs. All of our Winch Rope comes pre-assembled with a winch Safety Thimble, Black Nylon Sheath and New Drum Attachment. If your looking to replace your steel winch cable or worn out synthetic winch rope, then this is the package for you. Continue reading Blue Winch Rope – Safety Thimble Package | Tactical Recovery Equipment
Kinetic Energy Tow Rope with a 32,000 pound Pulling Capacity
Our Heavy DutyKinetic Energy Tow Rope with an amazing 32,000 lbs of pulling capacity can pull you out of just about any situation including mud, sand or snow. These Kinetic Recovery tow Ropes provide superior performance, strength and durability compared to conventional Tow Ropes. It’s ability to stretch under load allows it to use it’s own kinetic energy to help reduce the amount of energy needed to recovery your vehicle. These Heavy Duty “snatch ropes” use a double braided rope and feature a Urethane Polymer Coating making them resistant to UV, Water and Abrasion. Our ropes are commercially braided and spliced with heavy duty loops on each end allowing multiple ways to make connections no matter what type of vehicle you are trying to recover. Continue reading Kinetic Energy Tow Rope
During this last Winter 4×4, we were able to use our TRE Soft Shackles in recovery. They easily replace a D-ring, so if you or the person you are recovering doesn’t have one, no problem. These soft shackles will not only replace the D-ring, but they are much more versatile. You can wrap these around virtually anything; roll cages, bumpers and whatever else you can find. With a breaking strength of 25,000 pounds and light-weight, these tools are easy to use and will get the job done.
Soft Shackles are made from 3/8” synthetic winch rope with a breaking strength over 18,500 lbs. Each soft shackle has an inside diameter of approximately 7 inches. Soft Shackles are used in many situations instead of a steel shackle and are considered a high strength replacement for most situations requiring the use of a steel shackle. Soft Shackles are made from the same high strength synthetic winch rope in use on a lot of winches to give you the same advantages of high strength, light weight, and ease in handling. Soft Shackles are used in many situations instead of steel shackles and are considered a high strength replacement for most situations.
Some of the Advantages of Soft Shackles:
Light enough to float
Stronger than steel cable in equivalent sizes
Can be wrapped around objects that steel cable and shackles cannot without damage to your vehicle
Can be wrapped around a roll cage to upright a vehicle
Can be attached to an anchor point the same way a steel shackle is used
Can quickly be wrapped around a bumper, axle or anything else for a quick pull
Can be used in place of Anchor Shackles and D-ring shackles in just about any application
Note: Soft Shackles are made of the same synthetic rope as winch rope and are susceptible to cutting and fraying. Please replace rope if you notice any of these.
What better way to update or replace your winch recovery needs on your Jeep or off road vehicle and save money at the same time. TRE is offering a Winch Rope Package consisting of a Safety Thimble 2 along with 85′ of synthetic winch rope, a TRE designed and manufactured standard fairlead, and all the hardware you need to complete installation including a newly designed winch drum attachment. Continue reading Winch Rope Package