Here is a flashback video from our friend Keller McCowen demonstrating how to field splice a loop into the end of a broken steel cable. When most of us break a steel winch cable, we either clamp (If we have cable clamps) the end into a loop or just call it a day for the winch. Kellen shows us just how simple field splicing a steel cable can be. This is not intended to be a permanent fix for your winch cable. Like many off-road field repairs, this type of knowledge can get your winch back to being functional and your rig off of the trail.
Some call this type of cable splice a Molly Hogan, Flemish Eye, Farmer’s Eye, Maori Splice etc.. It’s clear that people call this splice method by many different names. Depending upon the industry as well as the region of the world, it may be called something different in your region.
Definitely a useful tip that could help you get off the trail.
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Special thanks to U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Jarrod Bunker for arranging a Closed System Winching™ training session with the National Guard’s 101st WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team). These specialized men and women of our Armed Forces (Army/Airforce) are trained to respond to any type of chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incident – think terrorist hot zones like bomb making chemicals and materials etc..
Factor 55 was invited to explain the Closed System Winching™ technique to the group. All of their vehicles are equipped with recovery winches with capacities ranging from 16.5K to the smaller UTV 3.5K winches.
After a classroom and Q&A session, we outfitted one of their response vehicles with an UltraHook for field evaluation.
Again, thank you to all of the men and women of our Armed Forces that attended the meeting and thank you for your service. All of our communities are safer because of highly trained service members like these.
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