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Nov 14, 2012
I have recently retired my Petzl Reverso due to what I thought was a hazard for ropes. The inner slots had become fairly sharp and showed similar signs of friction grooves as on heavily trafficked biners. I'm sure I'm no the only person that has noticed this on an ATC. My question is has there ever been any reported accidents or near accidents due to this issue (I have found none.) or am I just straight trippin? gunter
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Nov 14, 2012
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You're not straight trippin'...I've also noticed similar wear patterns on my Reverso. They seem to be made of fairly soft aluminum, and I was also wondering at what point do you start to worry about the sharp edges. Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
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Nov 14, 2012
that happens with time and use. No big deal. Just take a hand file and grind it back down to the original state. I have done this on one that I have about 3 times. Always good to be checking on your gear though:) Paul Deagle
From Geneseo, NY
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Nov 14, 2012
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I had 2 of the old style Reversos, and they both did that after a bunch of sandstone rappelling. At least it's easy to spot- cracking or fracturing is harder to see, but more likely to cause trouble. Peter Stokes
From Them Thar Hills
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Nov 14, 2012
which reverso did you have and how old was it? skeeter
From Lakewood CA
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Nov 14, 2012
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I hate when belay devices are abrasive. Hurts my feelings.

I have seen it happen in both petzl and BD tube belay/rap devices. Like everyone else has said, check your gear, fix what you can and replace what you think is dangerous. On the upside - yer using that gear, dude!

To answer your question, I have never heard of ropes been cut or damaged by ATC, but I am sure it has happened to some one, some where.
Tits McGee
From Boulder, CO
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Nov 14, 2012
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i had the same thing happen to my rap device .. i used a file to round the sharp parts off .. if you rap all your climbs this happens quite often..it saves yer device an rope.. Devin Fin
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Nov 14, 2012
I got sharp edges on my Munter hitch once, but I fixed it with some Emory cloth. Allen Corneau
From Houston, TX
Joined May 6, 2008
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Nov 14, 2012
Thanks for the advice fellas, sounds like if I take a file to it and just spit on it its good to go! It is petzl's second model for those wondering.
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