The Bow Shackle and why you should use it!

6 July 2011

If you are an enthusiast you will always eyeball another 4x4 in traffic, especially if it’s kitted out with all the bells and whistles. Ever notice though how many owners hang a pair of commercial “D” shackles to the front and rear of their vehicles as if to ensure that they are there for an emergency?

SecureTech do not recommend that you use commercial shackles; a commercial shackle will not show it’s rating and the pin and body will be of the same diameter.

Let’s take a step back, safety is always paramount – the connection to your vehicle or “Recovery Point” has to be suitable before you attach anything;

  • A standard tow-bar or gooseneck (tow ball) is unsuitable for attachment and any form of vehicle to vehicle recovery.
  • Before venturing off-road and attempting a recovery one should ensure that you have professionally fitted recovery points to the front and rear of your vehicle, preferably with closed eyes as opposed to standard hooks. The diameter of the eye should also be able to accept the shackle pin of a shackle that is rated in accordance with the weight of your vehicle.
  • The money invested in a professional recovery course will definitely be money well spent and will minimise any risk to yourself, passengers and vehicles.

SecureTech strongly advocate that you carry a variety of Bow Shackles so as to cater to all vehicle weights involved in a recovery. A good range will be from 2 Tons to 6.5 Tons.

Only use Rated Alloy Recovery Bow Shackles with a WORK LOAD LIMIT of not less than 2000kg to attach the strap, cable or rope. (Fed Spec RR-C-271b/ Factor of safety of 6:1).On a rated shackle the pin and body will be of a different diameter (the pin is thicker). The body is embossed with the Work Load Limit (WLL) and batch no.

The Bow Shackle has a larger inner working radius than a D Shackle, offering more space for a strap or rope eye and the ability to achieve greater angles when recovering in difficult situations. After tightening a shackle, turn the pin a quarter turn back, this will make it easier to open after the recovery.