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SMC 2" Swiftwater Pulley

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In recognition of the unique requirements found in Swiftwater Rescue, SMC has created an entirely new pulley for 2005. This aluminum pulley weighs 6 oz. and features a 2" sheave. The anodized aluminum sideplates feature a series of holes which help to minimize the hydroplaning effect that might otherwise occur with a typical pulley. Sideplates are also configured to allow this pulley to work as a Prusik Minding Pulley. Sealed Ball Bearings provide optimal efficiency.

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Material: High Quality Aluminum
Axle: Ball bearing
Sheave: 2" Aluminum
Dimensions: 4" x 3"  x 1.25"
Weight: 6 oz  (170 g)
Pulley Strength: 34 kN = 7644 lbs.
Max Rope Size: 0.5" (13 mm)

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SMC 2" Swiftwater Pulley
 
3.7

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      • Rapids paddling (3)
      • Rivers (3)
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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Addendum after Disassembling Pulley

      By Semievolved

      from Pojoaque, NM

      Verified Reviewer

      Comments about SMC 2" Swiftwater Pulley:

      Since the pulley was useless as it was seized and I could not get it turning again, I drilled out the screw that held it together to see what caused the problem. These screws are loctited in during assembly to prevent their disassembly. I found that SMC uses a standard 1623 RS bearing made in China. These bearings and races are chromium steel and the seals in this bearing are designed for dust exclusion. It is no wonder these fail in a marine environment. SMC could have used stainless steel bearings or perhaps incorporated a labyrinth seal system to help keep water away from the bearings. Instead, SMC uses standard bearings in a pulley it specifically hypes as ideal for a water environment.

      SMC states that they intentionally make these bearings non-servcable to protect the consumer. This means that if you expose these units to repeated splashing (i.e. a swiftwater environment), their function will deteriorate until they are useless and then must be replaced.

      It's great that they work for a while for some folks, but I suggest if you already have some of these, you carry them in a waterproof case until/unless you need them.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      They seize up

      By Semievolved

      from Pojoaque, NM

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

        Comments about SMC 2" Swiftwater Pulley:

        I bought 3 of these several years ago. I leave them rigged to the sides of my Cat on trips so they are ready if I need them. On 3 trips down the Grand and other smaller trips, the constant splashing eventually siezes them up. It gets harder and harder to turn the pulleys until I finally have to resort to a channelocks with cloth to get them turning again. SMC said they should be able to witshtand the conditions I describe but they have not helped me in terms of replacing them. Since this affected all 3 pulleys, I don't see it is an isolated incident but rather some design or material flaw (maybe a bad batch of seals?).

        At any rate, I consider the product and customer support to be poor and will not buy from SMC in the future.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        When breaking is not an option

        By Trashman

        from Arnold, CA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about SMC 2" Swiftwater Pulley:

            I use these pulleys in my wrap kit. I like the way these pulleys open to allow a quick bight of rope to be set then close to attach the carabiner. Three of these pulleys and three locking biners attached to Prussic knots will give you 6X pulling power to free a wrapped raft.

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            • No

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent Rescue Tool

            By Kayaker

            from Vienna, Virginia

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Maintenance free
            • Perfect size

            Cons

            • Not cheap

            Best Uses

            • Rapids Paddling
            • Rescue
            • Rivers

            Comments about SMC 2" Swiftwater Pulley:

            When creeking or trip leading, a solid pin kit is exceptionally valuable. This pulley is the perfect size for whitewater kayaking as it meets the 4:1 ratio for rope to bend that maintains rope strength. It really is 100% maintenance free. I keep two in my pin kit. It isn't the cheapest alternative but definitely is the best.

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            • No

            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Yep, you can turn it back over again

            By Still at It

            from Santa Fe, NM

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Convenient

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Rapids Paddling
              • Rivers
              • Z-drag

              Comments about SMC 2" Swiftwater Pulley:

              Yep, it works. The hinged design is convenient. It's really great to not have to thread the whole rope through.

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