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Top 10 Fall Protection Retractable Lanyards

Posted by Doug Kotecki on

This time around we're going to take a look at what I believe are the top retractables available today. This is my opinion, and because I don't represent OSHA or any other official organization, my listing is up for debate. Did your favorite fall protection retractable make the list?

10. Miller Black Rhino - The Black Rhino Retractable is designed with stainless steel wire rope and is great for concrete construction, welding, steel erection, food processing, and warehouse applications. It packs 9 ft. of cable and it's got the balls of a rh... You get the idea.

9. Guardian Daytona Big Block - The Big Block has a couple of things going for it. One, it's easy to identify on the job site, so it won't get lost. It also has a great handle to carry it around. Any retractable that's easy to get to the job is a friend of mine. (We're just friends.)

8. DBI/SALA Rebel - The Rebel Retractable is lightweight, affordable, and features a web lifeline. Available in 11 or 20 ft. this is a great entry level retractable for lanyards lovers ready to make a switch to retractable land.

7. Miller Scorpion - The Scorpion is another lanyard alternative. The web lifeline is 9 ft. long and requires no annual re-certification. That is a plus. Talk about bridging the gap between lanyards and retractables.

6. Miller MightyLite - Now we're talking about the big boys. This bad boy comes with a lifeline choice of web, galvanized steel, or stainless steel cable. Through in the lengths up to 65' and you've got yourself one sturdy bastard.

5. DBI/SALA Ultra-Lok - The Ultra-Lok by DBI/SALA comes with lifelines of web or cable up to 50 ft. The Ultra-Lok stands out because it's got a twin brake system. And you know what they say about twins... Two is always better than one, unless they're ugly.

4. Guardian Edge Retractable - The Guardian Edge Retractables are nice mid-range retractables. They offer lengths up to 30 ft. and is affordably priced. Just a great retractable. It is what it is, and that's not bad.

3. Miller Falcon - Possibly one of the most well known retractables in the world. This thing is a work horse. It comes in all of standard lifelines at all the standard lengths. The Falcon gets the edge because it's tough as hell. I've seen a van drive over this thing, and it didn't dent the housing. That's balls.

2. French Creek Retractable - I'd like to call this one ole' reliable. It is just what you expect at a great price. That goes a long way in my book. It is what it is. A great retractable.

1. Guardian Velocity - This little guy takes the cake in my book. Why? It's extremely cost-effective, and it comes with all of the options you need. One of the biggest hurdles to becoming a retractable user is the price, and when a product like this comes along and breaks down that barrier. You can't beat it.

There's my list. Like it or hate, I don't care. Actually, I do. Tell me what you think. Did I miss one? What retractables do you use?

  • Tags: Archives 2009, Retractable Lifelines, Top 10

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