Winch Accessory Kit
Useful Toolkit, Rating questions about straps
Buying a winch leaves you with three problems. How to anchor the winch, how to power the winch, and how to connect to the load. This product is a toolkit that addresses the third problem.
The kit contains a carrying case, two tree trunk protectors, two half inch D rings, and and a pulley. The two tree trunk protectors take up most of the space available in the carrying case, although there are some pockets for small items. The carrying case has a plastic zipper, but it does not put weight against the zipper. A zipper failure does not make the case unusable.
There are apparently several different size D rings. The half inch appears to be the smaller version, is the version contained in the kit, and is the largest version that I think I can use with my winch (Warn Model 1700 DC). I do not think the winch hook would accept a 3/4 inch D ring.
The two tree trunk protectors are single layer material approximately 1 1/4 inch across. One of them is about 8 feet long and the other is about 24 feet long. They do not contain a rating label. I do have a load strap with a rating--it is two inches across and two ply nylon (Northern PN 322827). It is rated at 5000 to 12800 pounds, depending on how it is used. I am inclined to think that the 8000 pound rating for the straps in this product is excessive. However, I have a small winch and I cannot pull that hard. Based on the other strap rating, the straps would appear to be generally compatible with a load of 1000 or 2000 pounds, the rating of my winch. I haven't actually tried it (yet) and I don't have a good means of measuring load.
The pulley appears to be straightforward to use with a winch. The sides rotate independently to allow the cable to go through without taking off the end.
I gave it 5 stars because it appears to suit my situation and the price was right. If I needed larger capacity straps, I might have been more critical.
September 22, 2013