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Using a bungee when you need a tie down strap is a risky scheme at best, and really, just asking for disaster to strike. Do you know why?
1. You don’t know the exact strength of a bungee cord.
Most bungee cords do not come with a Break Strength or Working Load rating. Quality cargo straps, however, will have one or both of these important numbers printed on their tag or some other permanent spot on the strap or hardware. No guessing.
2. You think using a bungee is OK because you’re “just going a couple blocks.”
If a bungee isn’t strong enough to hold the cargo you are carrying, it doesn’t matter if you’re traveling across town or across the country. A skimpy elastic cord may allow a load to shift; once that happens, you risk the safety of surrounding motorists, yourself and your belongings.
3. Overloaded or old bungee cords wear out quicker than you think.
It is recommended that the maximum “stretch” of a bungee cord be limited to 50% of its resting length. Even with normal use, these cords eventually stretch permanently, fray or break, or are subject to loose hook-end connections. Exposure to sun, rain, wind and hot or cold temperatures can accelerate a cord’s deterioration, and many experts recommend replacing bungees every six months or once a year, even with light use.
4. A metal hook end can straighten, become loose from its attachment point or scratch the items you’re moving.
Just as is the case with not knowing the exact strength of the cord, it is also likely you would not know the strength of the hooks, either. So the potential of failure exists not just with the elastic woven cord but also with the metal hooks. More common, though, is that the hook simply unlashes from the object it was securing.
5. A stretched bungee that accidentally slips from your hand becomes a sharp – and really dangerous – projectile.
Enough injuries occur every year when a bungee hook slips from a person’s hand during loading that studies have been performed on the process. The most common injury is to the eyes, with estimates indicating the hook recoils at speeds of 45 to 60 miles an hour. That can do some very serious damage.
Despite all this bungee cord bashing, there is a good and useful application for them, tasks like holding down a tarp or securing the cover on a cooler; but nothing that involves containing heavy, bulky or airborne-prone items.
More massive cargo should be left to heavy duty, high quality tie down straps. They come in a variety of lengths, widths, and Work Load ratings, and many styles of hook ends and ratchet straps are available to reliably perform whatever hauling or transporting job you may have. Use the right tools for the task at hand, and you’ll find that investing in tie downs for dependability and longevity will be more than worth it!
- Biker’s Friend. Bungee Warning. Retrieved from http://www.bikersfriend.com/pages/bungee.htm
- Lexco. Bungee Cords FAQs. Retrieved from http://www.lexcocable.com/faqs-12.html
- Meyer, Lewis. How to: Safely strap a ton of shit on your car. Matador Network. August 23, 2011. Retrieved from http://matadornetwork.com/goods/how-to-strap-shit-to-your-car/
- State Fund. Bungee Cords – More Than Meets the Eye. Retrieved from http://www.statefundca.com/safety/losscontrol/LossControlArticle.aspx?ArticleID=295
- Triodyne Inc. (June 1997) Bungee Cord Danger Analysis. Safety Brief, volume 12, no. 3. Retrieved from http://www.triodyne.com/safety~1/sb_v12n3.pdf
Here is a new item added to Discount Ramps.com
The AL100HD Scooter Lift is supports up to 400 lbs with wheelbase up to 42 inches. Features an aluminum deck and automatic hold down foot. The unit has a backup manual crank in case of electrical failure. Includes license plate mount and Class III standard hitch adapter. Proudly made in the USA and includes 3 year manufacturer’s warranty.
Thanks for reading! Jay Tamez – Discount Ramps LLC
Here is an item added to Discount Ramps.com
The Black Diamond 20 Ton Shop Press is air operated or can be used with a manual hand pump. No electricity is needed! Uses include replacing bearings, bending metal & loosening seized parts. Made of heavy duty steel and powder coated black finish. Includes gauge to monitor air pressure. Adjustable to accommodate various size items. Includes 1 year manufacturer’s warranty.
Thanks for reading! Jay Tamez – Discount Ramps LLC
Recently, a customer was kind enough to share photos of his successful deer hunt in which he used the Kill Shot Game Cart and the Kill Shot Game Hoist to assist. Here are those gorgeous pics, along with some of the details.
Mr. Robert Bisnett, Central California
Tell us about yourself and your hunting experience.
I am a 63 year old, somewhat disabled, archer/hunter who goes it alone. Last year, I took up hunting, got a buck and had one hell of a time with it. I had to go seek assistance for loading but was fortunate enough to have dropped it close to a road.
How did your hunt go this year?
I took another buck (this year) in the early archery season, and it was a breeze. I used the game cart to haul it out several hundred yards to the back of my truck and winched it up for field dressing. Everything worked perfect.
The only suggestion I would have is to make the instruction book for assembly of the cart legible. Thankfully, I am somewhat mechanical and easily put it together. If the handle was reversible, it would make it much easier to use for (us) taller hunters – I’m 6’6″.
How big was the deer?
The hanging weight was 155 pounds, which is on the larger side for California Black Tails. A nice 3×3 (or as you Easterners say, a six point(er).
Where were you hunting?
I was hunting on my own property in the Sonora area of the California Gold Country amongst oak trees, granite boulders and brush. It was very warm with temperatures reaching 100 in the afternoon.
How long did you wait before siting the buck and taking a shot?
I hand built (a) blind out of tree trimmings and grasses (and) was on the blind (an) hour before sunrise on the 12th day of hunting. (I) took up a firing position and remained frozen for two hours. While waiting for the buck, which I had spotted the prior day, two grey foxes walked 10 feet in front of me. I was in full camo, and they never noticed me. The buck finally appeared, and I waited it out until he was about 30 yards away and released the bolt from my crossbow. He went about 100 yards before going down from the lung shot.
You mentioned you are a solo hunter with some mobility limitations. How did you move the buck once he was down?
I have a disc issue (in addition to) having three foot surgeries this year, so the game cart was a godsend. (I) just rolled him onto it and then 200 yards to my truck. I then attached the gambrel to his front legs, hoisted him up, cleaned him out and swiveled him into the back of my truck. (The) tailgate of my F250 was easily cleared by the winch – up, around and down. As a solitary hunter, this is the only way to go.
After that, a drive to the processor with the deer’s head displayed above the tailgate. I received a lot of envious looks and honks.
Congratulations, Mr. Bisnett, on bagging a beautiful deer, and thank you for sharing your story with us!
I used the game cart to haul (the buck) out several hundred yards to the back of my truck and winched it up for field dressing. Everything worked perfect.
Here is some detail on the equipment Mr. Bisnett used in the field to help transport his buck:
Moving Game and Gear
The Kill Shot Game Cart does the heavy lifting to and from the field for any type of hunt where terrain is rough and access by vehicle is limited. It is a rugged steel cart that transports white tails, muleys, bear, or any game up to 500 pounds and works well for carrying gear, too. Durable ¾” steel axles support 18½” solid rubber tires on steel rims with steel spokes, so you don’t ever have to worry about getting a flat. Weighing in at just 30 pounds, the Kill Shot Game Cart has a dull brown powder coat finish and requires no tools for assembly. Storage is easy, too, by just removing the wheels and side braces.
Dressing and Loading Your Deer
The Kill Shot Game Hoist elevates deer and other game weighing up to 500 pounds for flushing and cooling the body cavity. It can also be used to load game into the bed of your pickup truck with a 360° rotating arm that locks into four positions. It is a steel-constructed, hitch-mounted lift system for 2” Class III or Class IV receivers that raises from 81” to 95¾” high (depending of the height of the hitch) and is stabilized with a foot support that adjusts from 1/8” to 15”. Truck tailgates are still accessible with 25½” clearance. The Kill Shot Game Hoist includes a 24” wide gambrel, and comes with a 19½’ reinforced lift strap.