How To Use A Winch Pulley Block

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Last Updated on June 24, 2022

How To Use A Winch Pulley Block? Well, you are definitely not satisfied with just the winch. If you own a vehicle, then I guess you know the importance of a winch to your vehicle. A winch is considered the best addition to any vehicle.

Whenever you find your vehicle gets stuck in mud, snow or rocky conditions, a winch can help you most to get you out of this situation. That’s why all the serious off-roaders don’t forget to add a winch to their vehicle.

However, it may happen that even you have a winch with yourself, still you are fighting with the terrains. This may happen because your winch is alone or insufficient in that particular situation. In this case, you need to find a stable anchoring point for operating your winch. 

Besides, it is happen very often that your winch has inadequate pulling power to recover your vehicle. 

Fortunately, you will find some kits that come with your winch to make your survival easier, especially when you talk about self-recovery. These tools will assist your winch most to save you. The winch pulley block is one of them. In order to use the winch pulley block, you need to know about it first well. 

In this guide, I will discuss what is actually a winch pulley block, how many types of winch pulley blocks are available and how to use winch pulley block.

How To Use A Winch Pulley Block

What is Actually a Winch Pulley Block?

The winch pulley block is basically a strong pulley. It has a casing inside which is made of metal. Opening the casing is quite easy, which made it easy to wrap the cable around except carefully try to thread it in. 

Your pulley block is designed for supporting heavy-weight loads and also you will be able to use it for redirecting lines while going through the self-recovery process. Apart from that, using the pulley block in the proper way will allow enhancing the weight capacity of your winch up to 100% extra. 

So, if you are really anxious about the weight capacity of your winch, using a winch pulley block will make you feel better. 

Winch Pulley Block Types

Well, basically there are a few basic types of pulley block available in the market. They are -: Swing winch pulley block and Winch pulley block along with Shackle.

Among them, the first one is used in vehicle winches and the second one is used in rigging applications. 

How To Use A Winch Pulley Block

To be honest, your winch pulley block does not have the ability to make the pulling power twice alone. It only can change the direction. You might be thinking about how your winch pulley block can enhance the capacity of your winch.

You will get increased pulling capacity when you will wrap the cable around your pulley cable first and then attach back the recovery hook to your vehicle. Here you need to pull from your vehicle’s front bumper instead of pulling towards the anchoring point. Thus, your winch cable will move half of the distance and it will allow having extra pulling power. 

This is the basic working mechanism of how a pulley block works. It will help you while using your pulley block easily.

Step 1: Safety precautions

Before getting started, you should know and follow all the necessary safety precautions. As you will be dealing with heavy loads, there can be the possibility of getting injured. To know more about the safety rules, go through the instruction manual that comes with your winch.

Step 2: Finding out an anchoring point

Then, find an anchoring point. Your anchoring point needs to be stable so that it can handle the load of your vehicle.

Step 3: Wrapping a tree trunk protector around your anchoring point

Now you need to wrap your protector around your chosen anchoring point. Usually, the protector is a nylon-made strap having a loop at each end of it. You have to wrap this strap around your anchoring point first and then you need to place the loops in a way so that you are facing them.

Step 4: Attaching the D-Shackle

In this step, simply add the D-shackle with each end of the loops.

Step 5: Pulling the cable out

Now, pull the cable out from your winch. You should not pull excessively as it can create problems. For this, you can use either the disengage or free spool option.

Step 6: Wrapping the cable around your pulley block

You can open the casing of your pulley block using a screwdriver. So, do it first and then wrap the cable around your pulley. Then shut off the casing.

Step 7: Hooking the pulley block to your D-Shackle

Now, you just need to add or attach the pulley block with your D-shackle that is already attached to your protector.

Step 8: Attaching the cable to the recovery hook of your vehicle

Find out the recovery points of your vehicle and attach your winch hook there. However, if you don’t find any point to attach, then attach with a strong part of your vehicle’s frame.

Step 9: Turning the lever for engaging

In this step, you need to prevent the cable to come out. For this, you need to turn “engage” your winch lever.

Step 10: Pressing the gas gently

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

Step 11: Finishing

Once you will find that you have recovered your vehicle, you need to stop operating your winch now.

Step 12: Unrigging the winch

In the last step, you just need to unrig your winch. That’s it.

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About the Author: Brian Silvestro

Brian Silvestro is the founder and chief editor of OffroadersArena. He spends his free time tending to his BMW iX SUV and explaining its merits to anyone who'll listen.

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