7 comments on “Is a hitch pin acceptable as a snatch recovery point?

  1. I’ve extracted hundreds of vehicles using a snatch strap pinned into my receiver hitch. Not an exaggeration. Some of the pulls were extreme. I’ve broken at least 10 snatch straps in 30 years. I now have multi layer 2 inch straps with nice stretch and am wiser about how much force is needed. Never bent a pin. I did round off the sharp edges of the receiver to prevent strap damage. Easy to do with a die grinder and carbide bit.

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  2. I reckon if you bend the pin, you are applying more force to the recovery than you should be anyway. Some recovery boards and time spent on a shovel are a much safer way than just reefing a vehicle out.

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