A snatch block can be a great accessory and asset to any winch setup. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned off road enthusiast, we got the low-down on snatch blocks that will make recovery a cinch!
1. The Basics
At its core, a snatch block is a pulley block with a plate that swings open. The function behind this design is because of the winch line. The winch line would be a real pain to pull all the way through a traditional “fixed” pulley. The swing plate allows the pulley to be positioned anyway on the line while holding it securely. A snatch block is primarily used for recovery winches. There are two functions of a snatch block in winch recovery. One is to counteract a different anchor point and the second is to increase your pulling power.
2. Anchor Point
The most important factor in winch recovery is making sure that your line winds in correctly. If each line of the spool does not lay evenly, you could distress the cable or even cause the line to slip. In most situations, the anchor point from which you need to pull is in front of your vehicle. When this anchor point isn’t available, improvising with a snatch block is a necessity. This will allow you to setup an an angled, single-line pull. Attaching the snatch block to a suitable second anchor point will divert stress away from your vehicle and provide a continuous pull.
3. Double Your Power
The second use for a snatch block is to double the power of your winch. You may need to use this method if you think that your vehicle will be too heavy for a standard pull. You might also use this method for towing a vehicle much larger than yours. To double your power, you need to direct the pull direction back to your winch. In a self-recovery situation, the snatch block would set your anchor point and you would hook the line to your own vehicle. If recovering another vehicle, attach the snatch block to their vehicle and the line to yours.
Winch Snatch Block
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