I thought that too TP, a D11 is not a "farm" type of machine...Well, I'm no expert when it comes to recovery but with the pulling power a D11 has I imagine it would be very difficult for the operator to 'feel' whats actually happening. The old 'sledge hammer to crack a nut' analogy. What sort of farm would have a D11 on hand anyway?
I don't think the recovery eyes would take that sort of load either TBH, although at least all you'd breaks is the recovery eye rather than ripping off the front axle!!You don't take a trailer off as the landing legs don't always have wheels and the ones on there are not really designed to move like that anyway. The truck should have eyes in the front you wind a eye into to recover from.
good lord that nothing happen that time... I will not support recovering using tow ball as an anchor point..It might surprise you to know that the Hampshire and Berkshire 4x4 response group actually showed a recovery by just dropping the end of a KERR rope over a tow ball on the stuck vehicle (VW Golf) and pulled it out of a ditch. When he started pulling away it was noticed that the whole tow bracket (on a Disco 2) was loose, when this was mentioned they (the training officer) said "thats allright, they go like that when you do off roading."
Some of us stepped in to stop the demo as it was clearly unsafe on so many levels, and had to warn the other people watching as most were standing within the radius of the rope should it come off.
In attendance were many members of the Shire LR off road club who were very experienced and were just speachless.
This was the assessment day that everyone has to attend to be a Responder as many there that day had never driven or recovered off road.
I did write to the commitee but was told what was done was acceptable as it was carried out by a qualified person, when i enquired what his qualifications were i was then told that it was not important.
I have since left the group.