Safety Thimble: Uses Less Connection Points with a Bow Shackle. One of the most impressive features of the Safety Thimble is the shape of the “eyelet” in the thimble. This purposely designed eyelet was originally designed for use with 3/4″ Bow Shackles (usually misnamed as D-Rings, but can also be referred as an Anchor Shackle). The eyelet on the Safety Thimble uniquely allows a 3/4″ Bow Shackle to be inserted into the Safety Thimble using either the “pin” end or the the “loop” end. Why is this significant? Because this allows the use of only one Bow Shackle to be used in a recovery. Winch Thimbles designed with just a round eyelet requires the user to use 2 Bow Shackles to make a connection. As everyone is aware, using less connection points reduces the amount of breaking points during winching. Less breaking points means less chance of a catastrophe happening while you are winching under a load.
Safety Thimble: Uses Less Connection Points with a Correctly Designed Eyelet
Here is how you would have to connect a winch thimble that uses a round eyelet. It even looks ridiculous doesn’t it? To not embarrass our competitors we used our thimble as an example.
Here is how you would correctly connect to one Bow Shackle that is attached to a bumper with a Safety Thimble II.
Safety Thimble: Uses Less Connection Points with a Bow Shackle
Hopefully this illustrates one of the highly thought our designs that was incorporated in the “Original” winch thimble, the Safety Thimble. So if you have a thimble designed with just a circular hole for an eyelet, make sure you always carry 2 Bow Shackles ( D-Rings) or your thimble will be useless to you when you really need it. If your thimble has the correct eyelet, but does not say “Safety Thimble” and has the TRE Logo on it , then you purchased a product that has purposely copied ours, as we are the “Original” Safety Thimble, since 2004.
The “Original” Safety Thimble was the first “Winch Thimble”, designed and used in the off-road industry. The Safety Thimble has been in existence since 2004. For over 14 years, its well thought out design has made it unbeatable in Safety, not only for the user but also for your winching equipment such as the synthetic winch rope and Hawse Fairlead. In fact it is designed so well, that many competitors are now starting to copy it into their poorly designed products. Safety Thimbles are 100% made in the USA. The Original Safety Thimble can only be bought through Tactical Recovery Equipment or its authorized dealers.
The Safety Thimble II was precisely made for “USA’ made 3/4” Bow Shackles and Soft Shackles.