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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
 
3.9

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Rapids paddling (3)
  • Rivers (3)
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5.0

Great pulley

By cheetah76

from NEPA

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable
  • Sturdy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Swift Water Rescue
    • Z-drag

    Comments about SMC 2" Swiftwater Pulley:

    Strong & lightweight pulley

    • Was this a gift?:
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    (5 of 5 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.

    (5 of 5 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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          (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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