How To Use A Block And Tackle With A Winch?

The contribution of a winch as an attachment to your vehicle is well-known. A winch will try its best to get you out of the situation. But, it may happen that sometimes your winch is not being able to handle everything regardless of your vehicle design. 

You may find a few landscapes and challenges at the ending part of your trip that can be the reason for stucking your vehicle in snow, mud or steep rocks. Your winch will support you always to come out from these hurdles. This is not the end, even your winch can help you in your utility work.

Apart from the usefulness of your winch in tough conditions, still it has some lackings. You may face problems while finding a mooring point to operate your winch. Without it, your winch may not be able to deliver the expected pulling power that is needed to recover yourself. 

To avoid all these issues, you will find a few tools that come with your winch, especially the winch that is used for self-recuperation in case you get stuck. These tools can help you the most by assisting your winch in critical situations. A block and tackle are some of those tools.

The positive thing about this block and tackle is that you can use this tool for your utility after the recovering process. Besides, your winch cable can receive a mechanical advantage from these tools.

To know more about how to use this tool, give this article a quick check.

What Is A Block And Tackle?

Basically, a block consists of a few sheaves or pulleys on a frame. The arrangement of these blocks is known as a  tackle. The blocks remain arranged using a rope threaded the pulley. It uses utilization to be portrayed using a single rope for transferring tension around one pulley at least for hoisting the load. 

The parts number of the rope is the favorable mechanical position that is usually used for hoisting the load. That’s why taking or hoisting the load is much simpler.

As I already told you that the block and tackle are useful and can be used for increasing the weight capacity of your winch. You can use them for assisting the winch when the winch is unable to do the task. The pulley is specially designed for sustaining your heavy loads. 

Without it, you can also use them for redirecting cables while going through the self-recovery process.

How to Use a Block and Tackle

Safety precautions: It is necessary to follow all the safety precautions. It will help to avoid accidents. To know precaution details, you can check the instruction manual that comes with your winch.

Self-Recovery

Step-1: Finding an anchoring point:

Your first step should be finding an anchoring point. It should be stable so that it can handle the weight of your vehicle.

Step-2: Wrapping the protector around your anchoring point

You need to bring a tree trunk protector. Basically, it is a strap made of nylon and there is a loop at the end of the protector. You need to hold the strap and wrap it around your anchoring point and position the loop as you are facing. 

Step-3: Attaching the D-Shackle

Now you need to attach or add a D-shackle at the end of two straps.

Step-4: Pulling the cable out

After that, pull the cable out from your winch. Be careful about not pulling too much as it can create a slacking problem. You can do it by turning the winch lever disengages or free spool option.

Step-5: Threading the cable around block and tackle

Next, you need to thread the cable into your block and tackle. Then wrap the cable around your block.

Step-6: Hooking the block and tackle to your D-shackle

Now you have to attach the pulley block of your winch to the D-shackle that you have already attached to your tree trunk protector.

Step-7: Attaching the cable to the recovery hook of your vehicle

After that, find out the recovery points of your vehicle and attach the cable hook here. If your vehicle does not hold any point, then you can attach the hook to any stable part of your vehicle’s frame.

Step-8:  Turning the lever for engaging

You will find there is an “Engage” level. You just need to turn your winch lever engages. It will prevent the cable from coming out.

Step-9: Pressing the gas

Now drive slowly your vehicle to the anchoring point and also you need to operate the winch at the same time.

Step-10: Finishing

After operating your winch, if you find your vehicle is out of the trap, now you can start your winching operation.

Utility

Step-1: Spooling your winch

At first, you need to allow spooling so that the cable can come out easily.

Step-2: Pulling the cable out

Then, you need to pull the cable out. Again don’t pull too much to avoid problems. Be careful.

Step-3: Threading the cable around your block and tackle

Next, you need to thread the cable into your block and tackle. Then wrap the cable around your block.

Step-4: Wrapping the strap around your load

Now you have to hold a strap and then wrap it around your load. Be careful about you are not twisting the cable.

Step-5: Attaching the D-shackle

After wrapping, you have to attach or add a D-shackle to it.

Step-6: Hooking your block and tackle to your D-shackle

Then, you have to attach the pulley block of your winch to the D-shackle that you have already attached to your tree trunk protector.

Step-7:  Turning the lever for engaging

You will find there is an “Engage” level. You just need to turn your winch lever engages. It will prevent the cable from coming out.

Step-8: Hoisting the load

In the last step, use your winch remote and press the up or down button spending the location you desire.

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