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    Default Woman killed by a TOW BALL!!!

    Not sure if this has been posted, but everyone needs to know about this.

    This is why we keep on saying you should not use a tow ball for a recovery and why you should use safety straps and bridals.

    Investigations are continuing into a freak accident on a Geraldton beach which claimed the life of a 29-year-old mother of three.

    Police say the woman was sitting in the passenger seat of a car being reversed by her partner as he attempted tow a friend's car out of sand on a beach at Drummond Cove yesterday morning.

    Senior Constable Darryl Peedan says the rope was attached to a tow ball, which broke off under the strain and shot back through the front window of the car, hitting the woman in the throat.

    "The tow ball appeared to be fairly rusty and that may have caused the tow ball to snap off and go through the vehicle that was trying to get it out," he said.

    The woman's three children reportedly witnessed the accident from a nearby car.

    She was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Geraldton Regional Hospital.
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-2...cident/2848762

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    Sheesh, thats bad. It's always the innocent that get hurt


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    I think we must copy this post, post it in the recovery forum, sticky and lock it, for future reference.
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    jislaaik, this is ugly. This should really discourage it.
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    I have been hopping on this for the last 5 Years. To me that means the pintal type too
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    jip and the worst is, there is people out there that really does not know how dangerous it is. just doing a breakdown towing I do not even attach the rope to the towball.
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    There was another accident like this about 2 years ago in Australia. I had the article saved under my favourites, but I lost it a while ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Engel View Post
    I have been hopping on this for the last 5 Years. To me that means the pintal type too
    Herman,

    Bedoel jy die "pintle" , soos die een:

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    And this is what happens when you use one of those as a recovery point.



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    Jean ja, veral die een op die pic en die gewone een, hulle hou daarvan om te breek waar die casting onder is. Jy het dan n helse groot klip in n baie groot elastic. Ek het toevallig een gekoop n rukkie terug en was teleurgesteld met die kwaliteit van die produk [die pic]
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    ek het nounet daai pic gesoek barto
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    Ek stem. Ek is selfs versigtig vir die een met die pen.

    Ek sien die "receiver" hake raak ook nou populer:



    Maar dit kom weer terug na die pen en die aanhegting aan die chassis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean Kotze View Post
    Ek stem. Ek is selfs versigtig vir die een met die pen.
    Ek sien die "receiver" hake raak ook nou populer:

    Maar dit kom weer terug na die pen en die aanhegting aan die chassis.
    Those work just fine

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    ook n slegte idee. As daai een pen uitkom of breek is daar probleme. n Snatch sit maklik 10t se stress op n recovery punt [dis hoekom 10t toue breek onder verkeerde hande] en n sleepwa sit 3t se stress op daai pen. Groot verskil.

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    The average towbar with exception to LR is not that strong because of the lever action of about 600mm from the mounting to the middle causes a towbar to bend.

    Always try to mount your shackle on the chassis or the straightest line with the chassis. Then using a bridal shares the load and pulls equal on the chassis minimizing the chances of bending the chassis.
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    mmm,

    I dont know about those receivers.

    I have one on the front of my P38.

    My problem is that the insert is secured by a single bolt. BUT the bolt is inserted perpendicular to the load and is thus in shear mode.

    Genuine question of concern.

    My winch is secured by just such a receiver. Imagine a winch going thru somebodies back or front window.

    EDIT - I have never seen this issue debated before, maybe needs some thoughts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Engel View Post
    Jean ja, veral die een op die pic en die gewone een, hulle hou daarvan om te breek waar die casting onder is. Jy het dan n helse groot klip in n baie groot elastic. Ek het toevallig een gekoop n rukkie terug en was teleurgesteld met die kwaliteit van die produk [die pic]
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    I suppose if the receiver was mounted offset (on the chassis), you'd still have the problem of the single pin breaking then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Engel View Post
    ook n slegte idee. As daai een pen uitkom of breek is daar probleme. n Snatch sit maklik 10t se stress op n recovery punt [dis hoekom 10t toue breek onder verkeerde hande] en n sleepwa sit 3t se stress op daai pen. Groot verskil.
    Indeed,

    Most of the standard pins are only rated for a safe load of between 3,5 and 4,5 tons depending on type of steel and diameter of bolts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XJ Junkie View Post
    I suppose if the receiver was mounted offset (on the chassis), you'd still have the problem of the single pin breaking then?
    Neil, when I was with you at AD a while ago we had a look at a typical receiver on a Disco.

    The problem is the pin. Normally a single 10mm thread bolt. Taking 10,000lb of force in shear mode?? I dont know, still scares me.

    Fortunately I dont think a 40kg winch will fly that far.
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    This is a nice website to check bolt capacities/design strength. Copied it from the sticky.

    http://www.landyspares.co.za/files/v...ery_points.htm
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