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Recovery Straps & Tow Straps
More About Recovery Straps & Tow Straps
Recovery straps and tow straps are invaluable pieces of equipment whether you are in the towing business and need a heavy tow strap, use off road recovery straps for recreational use, or keep some truck tow straps on hand for emergency situations. US Cargo Control is your source for a wide variety of recovery/tow straps. Made in the USA, our high-quality, heavy-duty recovery straps (also called “snatch straps”) are designed to be used for both recovery and towing uses.
High-quality, heavy-duty nylon recovery & tow straps - MADE IN THE USA
Our straps can be used for recovery AND towing applications
Break strength from 20,000-400,000+ lbs
Width from 2"-12"
Custom lengths available
1-4 plies/layers available (more plies allow for narrower straps with same strength)
CORDURA® protected eyes to resist wear and tear
Our recovery tow straps range in widths from 2" to 12", with break strengths from 20,000 lbs. to 400,000+ lbs. Available in widths from 2" to 12" and in custom lengths to suit your needs. Variations also include anywhere from 1- to 4-ply design so you can get the width you want with the strength you need (more plies allow for narrower straps with same strength). Our straps are also designed with CORDURA® at the eyes of the strap to resist wear and tear.
If you need any help in deciding which of our heavy-duty tow straps is right for you, or if you need a custom length or would like purchase in large volumes, call us! We're here to help and have trained sales professionals answering the phone from 8-5 CT Monday-Friday. Call us toll free at (866) 444-9990.
The terms “recovery straps” and “tow straps” are sometimes used interchangeably, but it’s important to note that both cannot be used for all of the same purposes.
Tow Straps vs Recovery Straps The main difference between a towing strap and a recovery strap is the fabric and its ability to stretch. These straps are made of a nylon fabrication so they can stretch. A vehicle tow strap is usually made of polyester which stretches less than nylon. A tow strap does just that: tows a vehicle behind another. You’ll generally find a tow strap with hooks on each end. Traditional tow straps and chains are similar in their towing applications.
A recovery strap is designed to “recover” a vehicle from the ditch, mud, etc. Nylon recovery straps have loops on each end, and CAN be used for towing AND recovery operations. However, it’s important to take special precaution when using recovery straps for towing. The stretch can cause a bit of rubber band effect, which can sling-shot the vehicle at uneven speeds.
A tow strap should not be used to recover or “snatch” a vehicle that’s stuck. Traditional vehicle tow straps are much less flexible and designed only to pull a load that freely moves. The strap's inability to stretch can’t absorb energy, which increases the likelihood that it will break. The metal hooks on the ends can then come unhooked and launch through the air at high speeds, injuring bystanders or the vehicles. Using a tow strap with very little stretch is extremely unsafe.
US Cargo Control’s towing straps are made in the USA of a nylon webbing which is durable and strong, yet has the capacity to stretch. This stretch is what creates the snap-back effect of our heavy tow straps and recovery straps. The snap strap tow effect is what makes a recovery effort successful.
Our heavy tow straps/recovery straps are designed to withstand tough jobs and years of use, but it’s important to take care of them for best results.
Keep a stretch tow strap away from sharp edges.
Store the straps out of sunlight. UV rays can damage webbing.
Keep away from excessive heat. Towing straps should not to be used in excess of 194 degrees Fahrenheit.
Clean strap by spraying with water along the length (with webbing fibers). No chemicals needed.
Never exceed rated capacity for a heavy-duty recovery strap.
Helpful Hints For Using a Tow Recovery Strap
Always inspect towing and recovery straps for damage prior to use.
When using tow straps, wrap around an appropriate frame point and thread the towing strap or snatch strap through the eye of the other end to choke the frame.
For tow strap recovery use, always securely attach the hardware to the recovery vehicle. Our anchor shackles are great for recovery vehicles.
Keep free of debris or material that may cut or damage the recovery or tow strap.
Always keep safety in mind when recovering a vehicle. It is possible a snatch strap could break if impaired or used improperly and result in damage or injury. Any bystanders should be at least the length of the strap away from the vehicles when recovery is in process.
When using a recovery strap, a good rule of thumb is for the vehicle weight to be half the break strength of the recovery strap.
When choosing heavy-duty nylon recovery & tow straps, you should choose one that is strong enough, but not so strong that it won't stretch. It is essential for the recovery strap to be allowed to stretch so the memory of the nylon webbing will help "snap" the vehicle out and take some of the shock out of the initial pull. This tow strap strength is important in knowing how to use recovery straps for the best results.
Tow recovery straps are designed with loops or “eyes” rather than hooks, to increase their versatility and safety. US Cargo Control’s heavy-duty towing straps are designed with CORDURA® on the loops/eyes of the strap. CORDURA is an extremely tough, long-lasting fabric that resists wear and tear.
Not sure how to attach a recovery strap? Screw pin anchor shackles offer an easy way to connect and disconnect auto tow straps/ recovery straps when hooking them to the vehicle for towing applications. When using an anchor shackle, make sure to account for the working load limit of the shackle AND the recovery strap as whichever is the lesser value will be the working load limit for the entire assembly. Our galvanized steel shackles range in size from 1/4" diameter to 1-1/2" diameter. Click our anchor shackles link, to see the steel shackles sizes and specifications.
For more information on how to attach a recovery strap, see our video “How to Safely Use a Recovery Strap” above, or call our sales professionals toll free at (866) 444-9990 from 8-5 CT Monday-Friday.
Whether you need a 6" tow strap, a 20,000 lb. tow strap, or several different sizes and capacities, our trained team members can help you find the best tow straps for your needs.