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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

Winch Mount Plate Tips for Beginners

If you’re familiar with winch use and installation, you know what a hassle it can be to mount. There are hundreds of mounts out there from different manufacturers and for different vehicles. You want to maximize the towing pull without compromising the integrity of your winch or of your vehicle. A winch mount plate might be just the solution you are looking for. Here are a few tips for beginners looking into buying a winch mount plate for installation.

Winch Mount Plate

ATV Winch Mount: Polaris Sportsman

What is a Winch Mount Plate?

A winch mounting plate is a piece of hardware that allows your winch to be installed onto a specific vehicle with little alteration or custom fitting. Often times, manufacturers are aware of vehicles or trailers that will exclusively use winches. Therefore, they install the necessary connections for installing a winch mount plate. Some companies offer manufacturer’s plates for different vehicle models while others offer a generic plate that can be custom fitted to your winch. Ultimately, a winch mount plate effectively secures your winch, giving it enhanced stability and strength.

Compatibility

Despite common misconceptions, winch mount plates are winch specific. Certain winch mount plates may only work with a certain model of winch. The same goes for vehicle compatibility. Not every “Jeep” winch mount plate will fit every model. Model specific plates will increase the strength and stability of your rig. Consult your manufacturer for more details about winch mount plate compatibility.

Features

Beyond vehicle model types, winch mount plates come in all different types. Some include more utility based support and offer storage boxes, tool boxes, and auxiliary lighting. These features enhance you winch use and provide assistance for all the challenges with “off road”. Some winches feature a guard for winch line retraction while others offer incorporated covers.

Winch Mount Plates

Need a winch mount plate for your vehicles? ProMark Offroad offers a wide selection of winch mount plates for ATVs, UTVs, SUVs, and many more. We offer support for brands like Polaris, Honda, Kawasaki, Arctic Cat, Can Am-Bombardier, John Deere, Yamaha, Suzuki, and Kubota. Free shipping on all orders to the lower 48 U.S.!

Why You need a Winch Cover

As the season heats up and the adventures gear up, we know you’re getting some great use out of your winch. We understand how important your winch is to your safety and summer fun. Because of how important it is, protecting your winch should be second nature. Your winch receives a great deal of exposure from being mounted on the front of your vehicle. Using a winch cover can help protect and preserve your winch.

Winch Cover

Neoprene Winch Cover

Elements

Over the course of the seasons, your winch will be exposed to literally every element. Sand, dirt, rain, and snow will all come in contact with your winch. Prolonged exposure to these elements can break down your winch line over time. The elements can also work to deteriorate the winch drum, the fairlead, and other aspects critical to your winch’s operation. Sand and dirt will work especially quickly to grind away at the line.

Line Integrity

Line integrity is your most valuable asset. Whether you own a synthetic or steel line, protecting it isn’t difficult if you have the right gear. A winch cover will allow your to effectively protect your winch from the elements keep it in working order. The winch cover provides protection for the winch line and the drum while not in use. For those with synthetic lines, the cover reduces fade to the line. The synthetic line is unique in that it is designed for durability and water exposure. Keeping a synthetic line covered will keep it looking nice.

Keeping your winch in working order goes beyond using a winch cover. Regular maintenance and cleaning will help you take care of your winch.

Winch Cover

If you want to keep your winch in working order during the busy season or in storage, a winch cover will go a long way to protecting your equipment. ProMark Offroad offers a variety of neoprene covers for any size winch. Check out our other winch accessories to keep your winch in tip top shape. We also offer free shipping to the lower 48 states. Pick one up today!

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.

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 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.

Tools That Should Be in Your ATV Winch Kit

ATV winch kit

Keep these tools in your ATV winch kit just in case.

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. If you’re lucky, you won’t need to use your ATV winch kit. But if Murphy has his way, you’d better throw these tools in your recovery winch kit just in case.

  1. Tree trunk protector – A tree strap is made with tough nylon with a loop on each end so you can wrap it around an anchor point and secure the winch rope to it with a D-shackle. Although you can use a chain to connect to the anchor point, if you’re hooking up to a live tree, you should only use a tree strap. Chains can kill trees.
  2. Gloves – Since the barbs in a wire rope can slice into your hands, we recommend keeping a pair of thick, heavy duty leather gloves in your winch kit. Use the gloves every time you handle winch cable.
  3. Hook strap – Always use a hook strap to spool out cable. Never grab the winch hook itself. This keeps your hands free and clear of the winch and cable and prevents you from accidentally getting your fingers caught in the winch.
  4. Snatch block – Need more winch cable out? Can’t find an anchor point straight on? That’s where a snatch block comes in handy. You can rig up a double line pull for more winch power or redirect an angle pull to spool the cable directly into the winch.
  5. Shackles – A D-shackle (or clevis) connects your tree strap / chain to the winch hook. For safety, make sure the clevis is rated to the capacity of the pull.
  6. Choker chain – Use choker chain to hook up to a sharp object (such as a rock) or another vehicle as an anchor point. Chains can kill or damage live trees, however, so use a tree strap if your anchor point is a tree.
  7. Booster cables – If your battery dies while winching, you’ll need a set of booster cables to charge it back up. Booster cables also come in handy for roadside emergencies and helping out stranded motorists.
  8. Toolbox – Bring along any tools you might need for minor repairs on the fly: wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, and other tools.

Rigging Up a Winch Snatch Block

Winch snatch block

Make sure your winch snatch block is rated high enough for the force of the pull.

A winch snatch block can come in handy when you need to redirect a pull, rig up a double line pull for more power, or spool out more cable for maximum single-line pulling power. A snatch block is a basic winch tool that every offroader should own. It makes your winch more versatile and can give you the extra power and direction you need to get out safely.

How to Rig Up a Snatch Block

  1. Free the winch hook and feed out several feet of cable.
  2. Attach the winch hook to your vehicle’s tow hook (make sure it is attached to the vehicle frame and not the mounting plate).
  3. To open the snatch block, rotate the side plate until there is opening to attach the cable.
  4. Run the cable through the snatch block so that it fits into the metal groove on the wheel.
  5. Rotate the side plate so that the two side plates are lined up together.
  6. Disengage the clutch and use the snatch block to feed out enough cable to reach your anchor point.
  7. Secure the snatch block to the anchor point by using a tree trunk protector or choker chain and a clevis/shackle.
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Make sure your snatch block is rated for the capacity of the pull. Remember that if you rig up a double line pull, you are asking your snatch block and other rigging parts to handle up to twice the capacity of your winch. If a snatch block breaks under load, it can do an incredible amount of damage. Always take safety precautions and stand clear of the winch line under load.