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Top 5 Snatch Block Uses

Your snatch block may be a simple enough looking piece of equipment but this handy tool can be a great lifesaver that greatly improves the effectiveness of your winch. As one of the most useful accessories for your winch, a snatch block can double your pulling power and easily help with an angled pull. Here we’ll take a look at some situations where a snatch block will come in extra handy.
Top 5 Snatch Block Uses
1. For Self-Recovery – Because of the snatch blocks simple design you can set it up to perform a double-line pull on your own vehicle. This works by redirecting the winch cable back towards the winch. For a self-recovery, you’d simple run the cable back through the snatch block then back to your vehicle, attached to an anchor spot directly in front of your vehicle.
2. Moving a Larger Vehicle – If you are in a situation where your winch is needed to help move another, larger vehicle you can attach the snatch block to this vehicle. Set up the winch cable to go through the snatch block then back to an anchor point near your vehicle. This anchor point helps take some of the strain off of your vehicle to ease some of the strain of recovering a heavier rig.
3. You’re Stuck in Deep Mud – Because your snatch block essentially acts as a pulley, it can help to pull you out of even the toughest situations. By simply redirecting your cable to a new anchor you can easily pull your ATV or other vehicle out of a sticky situation by providing an angled pull with double the pulling power.
4. More Pulling Power Needed – There may be the occasional situation when the use of more than one snatch block is needed to recover a vehicle. When you use a double-sheave snatch block combined with a traditional single-pulley block that can be found in most winch accessory kits, you can turn a potential disastrous job into a a quick and simple recovery.
5. Heavy Duty Winching – Utilizing the extra power a snatch block gives your winch can make a 16,00 pound load feel like 5,000 for your winch. This potential pulling power makes your vehicle and your winch nearly unstoppable. Your snatch block will not only make recoveries faster and easier but also help to reduce heat build up and amp draw.

Sources: http://blog.promarkoffroad.com/2013/08/20/6-must-have-winch-accessories-for-atvs/; http://www.propickupmag.com/winch-pulling-power/; http://www.gowarn.com/warn-winches/winch-tips.aspx

How to Use a Snatch Block

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!

Snatch Block

Get your vehicle out of any situation with a snatch block from ProMark Offroad!

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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Tips for Using a Winch Snatch Block

A snatch block is a simple tool that can add a lot of power to your winch when used correctly. By rigging up a snatch block with your winch, you can almost double the power, or you can redirect the pull for an off-angle recovery.

Snatch block

Use a snatch block to increase your pulling power.

Here are a few tips on using a snatch block with your ATV winch or truck winch.

1. Choose the right snatch block.

Make sure to choose a snatch block that can handle the full force of the recovery. Look at the rating for the snatch block. If you are only using the snatch block to redirect pulls, the snatch block rating should match your winch rating, at minimum. If you are using the snatch block for double line or triple line pulls, make sure the snatch block is rated for the full force of the pull.

2. Learn how to use it properly.

Since the side plate on the snatch block swings open, you can easily thread the cable over the pulley without removing the winch hook and threading it through the opening. Once the cable is in place, close the side plate and attach the snatch block to the anchor point using a D-shackle.

3. Rig up a double line pull.

By doubling back the winch cable, you can increase the pulling power of your winch. A triple line pull will increase the power even more, for extreme recovery situations. To effectively double the pulling power of your winch, you’ll need to reattach the winch hook to your vehicle’s frame or tow hook (don’t attach the winch hook to the mounting plate or winch). Then secure the snatch block to the anchor point using a D-shackle and tree strap.

4. Redirect an angle pull.

If you’re winching from a sharp angle, the winch cable can pile up on one side of the drum. By using a snatch block to redirect the angle of the pull, you can instead guide the cable directly into the drum so that it spools evenly. To rig up the pull, use the snatch block to attach the cable to the anchor point (which should be directly in line with the recovery vehicle) and guide the cable to the stuck vehicle. Attach the winch hook to a tow point on the stuck vehicle.

Winch Snatch Blocks

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Winch Accessory Reviews

Winch accessory kit

Get more from your winch with a winch accessory kit.

Want more power from your truck winch? Need a better way to control your ATV winch? Get more from your winch with a few winch accessories from ProMark Offroad. Snatch blocks, winch accessory kits, wireless remote kits, mobile mounts, and synthetic winch rope are just a few of the upgrades we have to offer.

See the customer reviews below for some of our most popular winch accessories to learn more.

8K snatch block
“Great little snatch block here! Well made & just right for ATV applications.”
- G. Holt

16K snatch block
“Hard core, I think this think could pull a Sherman tank out of the mud.”
- Ian P.

ATV Winch Accessory Kit
“Saw the same thing for $120.00. Good quality, heavy duty.”
- Bill W.

3000 lb XTR Synthetic and ATV Wireless Remote Kit
“Unbelievable winch! Easy to install, and powerful. Just used it to stand up my 16′ tall 2400# deerstand, and it didn’t even phase this thing. The wireless remote has great range. Don’t waste your time and $$$ with the big name winches, this one will out perform any other comparable winch.”
- Josh Samz

2″ ATV Mobile Mount
“I am very pleased with this so far. I haven’t used it for winching yet so ask me again after I put a good pull on it. However it looks like it’ll hold pretty good. Built solid.”
- Richard S.

Synthetic Rope 92′ Recovery
“I love a synthetic rope compared to the wire rope. No torn up hands any more from small broken wires.”
- Raymond W.

Recovery Winch Fairlead
“Fastest delivery I have ever gotten; it was here by speedy delivery before noon the day after I ordered it. Using it on an 8000 pound winch for my jeep and it looks as good as fairleads that cost a lot more.”
- Ernst E.

Video: Using a 16,000 lb Snatch Block for Offroad Recovery

16K snatch block

16K snatch block

An ATV winch or truck winch is a powerful tool, but accessories like a snatch block can make it even more powerful and versatile. Snatch blocks come in handy when you need more power from your winch or when you need to winch at an angle to the vehicle you’re pulling out.

The video below from GatorOffroad.com demonstrates how to use a 16,000 lb snatch block from ProMark to pull yourself out when you get stuck.

Winch Snatch Block

Need more power from your winch? Get an 8K snatch block for ATV / UTV winches or a 16K to 20K snatch block for truck and Jeep winches from ProMark Offroad. Free shipping on all accessories–no minimum order (lower 48 U.S. only).

Why Should I Use a Snatch Block?

Jeep snatch block

Use a snatch block for more pulling power.

Truck winches are powerful tools, but without any winch accessories, their use is limited to straight line pulls at no greater weight than the winch rating. Winch tools such as snatch blocks, tree straps, chains, and clevis shackles give you more options for pulling out stuck vehicles at odd angles or pulling out a vehicle that’s heavier than your winch rating.

What does a snatch block do?

By using a snatch block, you can safely increase the power of your winch. A double line pull almost doubles the available pulling power of your recovery winch.

Snatch blocks can also be used to redirect the pull so that you’re not winching at a sharp angle. Only in an ideal world will another vehicle get stuck directly in line with your own vehicle. Plus, if you’re wheeling in a heavily wooded area, you may not be able to position your vehicle in line with the stuck vehicle.

A snatch block allows you to guide the winch cable directly onto the drum for angle pulls to avoid nesting, uneven spooling, or rubbing on sharp edges on your winch or vehicle.

Where do I attach the winch cable?

When you use a snatch block to rig up a double line pull, you’ll need to attach the return line either to another vehicle, a tree, or your own vehicle, depending on the winching setup.

If the snatch block is attached to a second vehicle (one that you’re trying to pull out), attach the return line to a third vehicle or to a tree (using a tree strap) in order to spread the load.

If the snatch block is anchored to a tree (so that you can pull yourself out), attach the return line to a tow hook or other approved tow point on your vehicle’s frame. Don’t hook the return line back to your winch mount. The force on your mounting plate would be more than it’s designed to bear.

Snatch Blocks for Jeep and Truck Winches

Want more pulling power from your recovery winch? Use a snatch block from ProMark Offroad. Choose from a 16,000 lb snatch block or a 20,000 lb snatch block to get the pulling power you need. Free shipping on all orders to the lower 48 U.S.

How to Use a Snatch Block for More Winch Power

Snatch block

Use a snatch block to double your winch power.

A snatch block is a simple tool that can make a huge difference in your winch power and recovery abilities. If you have an ATV winch or a Jeep / truck winch, you’ll want to make sure that you have a snatch block in your tool box to give you more options for rigging up.

What’s a snatch block for?

A snatch block is a pulley block for your winch cable. You can either double the cable back to the recovery vehicle or redirect the pull by attaching the snatch block to one anchor point and the winch hook to a second anchor point.

How do I attach it?

To use the snatch block, swing the side plate open, thread the cable over the pulley, and swing the side plate closed again.

How do I use it?

Snatch blocks are good for two main situations: 1) When you need to increase the power of your winch (or you want to reduce the strain on your motor), and 2) When you need to redirect a pull.

Double Line Pull

To increase the power of your winch, you’ll need to rig up a double line pull. Use the snatch block to loop the cable through the pulley and back to the winching vehicle. Attach the winch hook to a tow hook or recovery point on the vehicle. Although the winch speed will be slower, you’ll get almost twice as much power from your winch.

One reason you might need more winch power is when the stuck vehicle is stuck hard—for example, when it’s mired in a deep bog or mud hole. The other reason you need more winch power is when you need to pull out a vehicle that’s heavier than yours.

Redirecting a Pull

Sometimes you’re in a situation where you can’t get in line with the stuck vehicle. That’s when you can use a snatch block to redirect the pull. Loop the winch cable through the snatch block, and attach the snatch block to an anchor point off to one side of the two vehicles. The anchor point should be directly in line with the winching vehicle. Then attach the winch hook to a tow point on the stuck vehicle for your second anchor point.

The snatch block will feed the cable directly onto the winch drum rather than at a sharp angle. Sharp angle pulls are hard on your winch and can damage your cable or cause the cable to pile up on one side of the drum.

Rigging Up a Snatch Block

Winch snatch block

The side plate on this snatch block swings open so that you can insert a loop of winch cable.

An electric winch isn’t much good without a few winch accessories to help you rig up a pull. One of the most versatile winch accessories is a snatch block.

Why Use a Snatch Block?

Rigging up with a snatch block can help you:

  • Get more power from your winch
  • Keep your winch motor from stalling or overheating
  • Redirect a sharp angle pull

Not to mention that a snatch block greatly reduces the strain on your winch! The closer you get to the maximum pull rating, the harder your winch motor has to work and the more heat it generates. Rigging up a double line lets you sacrifice a little speed for the sake of keeping your winch motor cool.

How to Use a Snatch Block

To rig up a pull with a snatch block, open or swing away the side plate and insert a loop of the winch rope. Then close the side plate. Attach the snatch block to the anchor point with a tree strap or chain and a clevis.

Safety First

As helpful as a snatch block can be, it’s important to use it carefully. A snatch block is subjected to twice as much force as any other winch component or accessory. That means your snatch block needs to be rated adequately for the pull, securely attached to a strong anchor point, and rigged up properly.

If a snatch block breaks loose or the winch cable snaps, your metal snatch block will become a flying missile. That’s why it’s especially important to clear the area of bystanders, keep out of harm’s way yourself, and dampen the winch cable with a moving blanket or heavy object.

Winch Accessory Reviews for Snatch Blocks

Snatch block

"I ordered one of these to use with an X20 8000 winch on my 2000 Jeep W, and it is a beefy item." - Eugene

A winch isn’t much good without a few accessories—like a snatch block—to rig up a pull. Below are a few comments from our customers on how they use their ProMark snatch blocks for hunting, yard work, and offroad recovery.

8K snatch block

“Excellent product. I am using this snatch block with another one to assist with safely pulling dead or diseased trees in the intended direction when cutting them down on my property so they do not take down the power lines or fall on my buildings.”
- Lyle S.

16K snatch block

“Tough, high quality, excellent product, wish I would have bought two.”
- S. DeWitt

20K snatch block

“My husband is very happy with these, will work very well for him on his moosehunt! Arrived quickly and great price thanks.”
- K. Vezina

“I ordered one of these to use with an X20 8000 winch on my 2000 Jeep W, and it is a beefy item. It arrived before the expected shipping date and I have tested it and it works as intended, a perfect match for the wire cable. I expect to order at least 2 more for a rear recovery option.”
- Eugene F.

Winch Recovery Tools

Winch kit

A winch accessories kit includes all the tools you need for recovery.

With a few tools and accessories, your winch can get you out of just about anything. See below for some of the winch recovery tools we recommend keeping on board with you. You can either wrangle up these items separately or purchase a recovery winch kit.

Gloves

First off: protect your hands. Wire winch rope can be nasty to work with if it’s got burrs or cut wires. Make sure the gloves are made with heavy duty leather. Wire rope can slice right through flimsy gloves.

Wearing gloves also protects your skin from extreme cold and extreme heat. Steel cable conducts temperature extremes easily.

Hook Strap

Rule of thumb: Never let your fingers get too close to the winch. Avoid getting your fingers caught by always using a hook strap to spool out cable and wind it back in.

Be careful when working around any moving parts of the winch, and always make sure the power to the winch is disconnected before making any adjustments or repairs on your winch.

Snatch Block

A snatch block lets you do two things: (1) increase the pulling power of your winch with a double line pull, and (2) redirect the winch line so that it spools directly into the winch.

If your rig is stuck in the mud, you might need a little extra “oomph” to get it out. That’s where a double line pull with a snatch block comes in handy. And if you’re trying to winch at a sharp angle, a snatch block helps you straighten out the pull and take the strain off your winch.

D-Shackle

When using your winch, you’ll need a way to connect the cable hook to a tree strap, chain, or snatch block. That’s where a D-shackle (also known as a clevis) comes in. The D-shackle is designed with a threaded pin that makes it easy to remove.

Choker Chain

Chains are durable, strong, and versatile. Use a chain to hook up to another vehicle or a sharp object for an anchor point.

Just don’t use a choker chain to anchor your vehicle to a living tree. Chains cut into the bark and can damage or kill the tree.

Tree Strap

For hooking up to trees and other anchor points, use a tree strap. These straps are typically made with high-quality nylon, with a loop at each end for attaching the D-shackle.

Heavy Blanket

As an extra safety measure, drape a heavy moving blanket over the midpoint of the winch cable. Place the blanket over the cable before the winch rope is under tension. If you don’t have a blanket, you can substitute a heavy object, such as a weighted backpack, chain, or dead tree branch.

Dampening the winch cable slows down the backlash in case the rope breaks during use. A dampened winch cable can still cause damage, so make sure all bystanders are standing well out of the path of the winch cable before you start the recovery process.