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Vortex Adjustable Friction Saver (AFS)

 Vortex AFS
Vortex Adjustable Friction Saver (AFS) image Vortex Adjustable Friction Saver (AFS)

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AFS with Rig Pulley Prusik
AFS with DMM Ring Prusik
AFS Saver Only
Rig Prusik Only
DMM Ring Prusik Only

This item can be built to order within 48 hours if out of stock.

The Vortex AFS is an easy-to-use new wave friction saver that can be used in the same method as the Pulleysaver, but is easier to retrieve and use. The Vortex AFS is sewn from Samson Vortex rope and is available with either a Pinto Rig pulley or DMM ring on a moveable prusik to provide adjustment in the length of the friction saver.

The Vortex AFS works similarly to the Teufelberger Pulleysaver, with the large low-friction ring making it easier to retrieve, as it can't collapse and bind in the tree. You can see a demonstration of the Pulleysaver (the same basic principles apply to the Vortex AFS) under the "Video" tab below.


Additional Features:

  • Multiple uses
  • Rope-saving
  • Easy to use and retrieve
Manufacturer : Iron Street Rope Splicing
Made in : USA
  • Samson Vortex Rope is 1/2“ (12.7mm) in diameter, with 8,800 lb tensile strength.
  • Sterling RIT Cord is 5/16“ (8mm) in diameter, with 5,485 lb tensile strength.
  • DMM Pinto Rig Pulley has a maximum rope capacity of 5/8", a 11,250 lb tensile strength, measures 4.25” tall by 2” wide, and weighs 4.4oz.
  • Large ring has a tensile strength of 10,000 lb.

ANSI Z133-2017

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has released the ANSI Z133 safety requirements which apply to arboricultural operations.

The Vortex AFS is ANSI compliant.

The full ANSI Z133 safety requirements are available on our tree care standards page.

Customer Reviews

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Rated: Disappointing Review by: Jonathan

“ I really liked the idea of this item but have been dissapointed with its functionality in actual working situations due to being unable to remotely retrieve it. Twice, I have had to reclimb a tree to retrieve the friction saver because the pulley did not slide through the ring like advertised. Also, the retrieval ball that comes with the kit pulled through the small metal ring when I put tension on the line. I belive this product is a nice idea but is over complicated in nature and extremely finicky. More trouble than it is worth. ”

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