Which Straps Should I use?

Discover the difference between a tow strap and a recovery strap. Ensure you are always using the right strap in your load restraint applications.

Tow Straps

  • Cookes tow straps are manufactured from high tenacity polyester webbing.
  • Designed to have less elongation than a nylon strap while still providing sufficient elasticity to help absorb the impact of any sudden loading.
  • While many tow straps on the market today have fitted hooks, Cookes recommends against this practice. Hooks can become deadly missiles should a strap break under load.

What Size Tow Strap should I Use?

Cookes recommend that a 1.5:1 factor is applied when choosing a tow strap. While this may be more than some believe to be necessary, it takes into account unintentional shock loading. On this basis, to tow a 6,000Kg vehicle choose a 9,000Kg breaking load tow strap. It is much better to be safe than sorry!

Recovery Straps

  • Cookes recovery straps are manufactured from high tenacity nylon webbing to provide both strength and high elongation.
  • The elongation aids recovery of bogged vehicles through the build-up of stored energy in the strap. As the strap elongates, it transfers the stored energy to the stranded vehicle, aiding its recovery.
  • Recovery straps do not have fitted hooks. Straps with fitted hooks should never be used for vehicle recovery.

What Size Recovery Strap Should I Choose?

Cookes recommend that a 2:1 factor be applied when choosing a recovery strap to take into account any unintentional shock loading. So to recover a vehicle weighting 9,000Kg choose a recovery strap with a minimum breaking load of 18,000Kg.