By the by. When I recently purchased the H.F. straps and pulled out my round files to pry the buckles off, I found that they put some rivets on instead of the cheap welds they used previously. The method still works, and is still faster than cutting (or bashing with a hammer), but you have to put some muscle into it now (something that I don't have a lot of ).
Last edited by timabababaluka; 06-03-2011 at 12:38. Reason: OSSS ("Ooo, something shiny" syndrome)
You're gonna need a bigger hammock
The weakest part of the harbor freight buckle, is the bar that's under the loop.
Push the loop out of the way, lay the buckle flat down a hard surface,
and give the bar a hard whack or two close to one side, with a hammer and chisel.
Turn the buckle over, give the bar another whack and it comes right off easily.
Repeat for the other one. Total time: a few seconds and it's easy.
I removed the threads in a few minutes with a stitch remover / seam ripper, starting at
the very end of the webbing, after it bends around from the loop. I cut the easiest threads,
then kept prying apart the adjoining pieces and ripping the threads in between.
This was very quick work. After getting the end threads cut, the rest of
the webbing came apart very easily. I would say it took about 2 minutes for each strap.
I've ordered a quick stitch awl from ebay, that comes with 180 yards of polyester
thread, for stitching the straps. I've not sewn straps before, and am planning to use
a lock stitch in an X box pattern on the harbor freight webbing.