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Topic: Is Australian type crackers underestimated ?

In most of the forums where I have read about crackers, the Australian ones, looks are often made of nylon, have been referred to as "a piece of rope" in rather condescending terms.
I have gradually bought quite a few whips in Australia. The first thing I did was peel the cracker off and store it and all the extra crackers I got in my drawer.
It typically looks like this, and when you crack your whip for the first three months, there is almost nothing but a small "puff".

https://i.imgur.com/bIG9oox.jpg

However, I have gotten tired of tying knots up all the time and then I came up with one of my very oldest whips where an Australian cracker is sitting. It has become fluffy over the years - and has been sitting on since I bought the whip.

https://i.imgur.com/J9OG0MM.jpg

Therefore, I tried pulling the end of a brand new cracker over a wire brush until it became fluffy. It works.

https://i.imgur.com/pIZbvDi.jpg

I tested it on two heavy whips from Rachel - Amper Special Elite and 5 ft. Cowwhip, as well as on a very light Stockwhip from Simon Martin (7 ft. Whip Basics signature whip).

They give a super nice crack. Not as sharp and loud as a very thin B50 cracker, but deep and clear as if it signals "here I come".

This is a piece of advice and a recommendation for those who want a cracker that does not need to be replaced all the time but lasts for many years.

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Re: Is Australian type crackers underestimated ?

Flemming, thanks for bringing this up.  What is the actual length?

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Re: Is Australian type crackers underestimated ?

Flemming, it looks sort of what bailing twine is made of.


Ron

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I can't force you to be right.

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Re: Is Australian type crackers underestimated ?

Hooray!  These pictures work now!  Many thanks to whoever preformed this electronic miracle....

Flemming, I shall have to try this!  smile

'Less is often more!'

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Re: Is Australian type crackers underestimated ?

Here we go.

The green one perform just as good as the white from Australia. I don't know the name of the green line, it was something I had for multipurpose use in my workshop/garage.

https://i.imgur.com/Lro4xl7l.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/VntMVTyl.jpg

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Re: Is Australian type crackers underestimated ?

Flemming, it could be polyester.
The white one maybe cotton ?

How were they for knotting up?

Ron

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I can't force you to be right.

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Re: Is Australian type crackers underestimated ?

Ron, both are nylon. It is very easy to eork with when I split the line in to (four in total) when I make the knot.

I use an electric drilling maschine for winding it very tight

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Re: Is Australian type crackers underestimated ?

Flemming, that's what do too.
Makes it a whole lot easier and a lot faster.

Ron

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I can't force you to be right.

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Re: Is Australian type crackers underestimated ?

Very cool!!  If not hay string, likely mason line or “staging”.

Inch by inch.

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Re: Is Australian type crackers underestimated ?

I have used mason line and it makes a good cracker.

Ron

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I can't force you to be right.

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Re: Is Australian type crackers underestimated ?

I just asked Simon about the correct English name. It is not mason line. Mason line is much softer. This has a structure like hay string, but is stiffer. You can buy something similar in white nylon to tie around packages etc. It is another type of nylon a Haystring.

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Re: Is Australian type crackers underestimated ?

As you can see, I have become fond of this type. Sorry the whips are not so clean anymore smile.

https://i.imgur.com/QHSskhWl.jpg

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Re: Is Australian type crackers underestimated ?

Thanks again for posting this.  My crackers have been a bit long and will experiment further.  Funny how I now look closely at what any shops might offer in the way of  string!

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Re: Is Australian type crackers underestimated ?

Hayes Rutherford wrote:

... Funny how I now look closely at what any shops might offer in the way of  string!

As one does!  tongue

'Less is often more!'

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Re: Is Australian type crackers underestimated ?

Flemming, thank you very much!

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Re: Is Australian type crackers underestimated ?

The two aussie whips I have came with what I'd call baling twine. When I was a kid it was made out of sissel,but now it is polyester and is quite colorful.

"Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder." -E. B. White

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Re: Is Australian type crackers underestimated ?

I have asked Mr. Simon M and here's what he says (with his permission of course) :

The string is "poly synthetic".  It is VERY difficult to find and my understanding is that the company has gone broke that now makes it.  I have around 1000 rolls of it as I bought it cheap yikes)

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Re: Is Australian type crackers underestimated ?

Mark, there is a big difference in "bailing twine" made out of some sort of polyester or nylon. As you can see, I have also experimented with an orange thread. If you look closely at the finished cracker, then it is not fine and smooth. It happens that the material burns together when I twist it tight, just as the threads in the "fluffy" part seem as if they have been burned together after being pulled through the wire brush.

Therefore, I had to go out and pick up the orange cracker in the trash to be able to take the picture below.

https://i.imgur.com/46BGUxxh.jpg

If you look at the threads, they look exactly the same except for the thickness.

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Re: Is Australian type crackers underestimated ?

The thread i use tends to open up pretty soon and last quite some time.
There is pros and cons in everything, crackers as well. If it takes long time to open up some hasty guy could throw it away even if it would last a long time after it opens up.
Thats why i use crackers with changable fluffy part

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Re: Is Australian type crackers underestimated ?

Flemming, I find this very informative!  I think it is very good to have a few different options for crackers available.

Inch by inch.