Last Updated on July 1, 2022
When you see on Television or construction sites that a rope goes around some handles, people pulling that, and the weight on the other side just lifts within seconds. That feels like something magical happened there, but that was just science.
With the help of a pulley, you can easily distribute the weights in ropes and it makes everything easier. It makes huge weight lifting easy, so you don’t hurt your back doing so.
Sometimes you enjoy off-roading so much that you actually end up driving your vehicle in places that it’s not intended for. A winch is an attachment that can be hooked onto the vehicle’s frame. It helps bring the vehicle back onto its wheels if the tires are stuck in the mud, sand, or snow.
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How to Use a Snatch Block?
Snatch Blocks can be utilized in a variety of off-road recovery circumstances and layouts. We’ll go over a few common strategies here. You have to take the safety measure first and must be very careful.
You should, if at all possible, park the towing vehicle on a level and stable surface. Then you should disconnect the winch’s gear so you can take the wire out of the winch and pull the winch cable till you reach the stuck vehicle.
You should then open the side plate of the snatch block and pass the winch cable through it before closing it normally making sure it is secure then the heavy-duty chains must be attached and secured to the snatch block.
Now, connect the heavy-duty shackle to a robust and reliable anchor point on the trapped vehicle at this stage, then attach the hook back to the rescue vehicle’s anchor point by pulling the winch line through the snatch block.
Then, for safety reasons, connect the winch clutch and attach wire dampeners upon that winch cable. Finally, start winching and see how the snatch does its thing.
Precautions to take before working with snatch blocks
- Wear a thick pair of gloves when working with recovery straps and winches to safeguard your hands. Work gloves made from thick leather are preferred. If you handle snatch blocks incorrectly, they could cause some serious injuries, therefore make sure you’ve got what you’re doing.
- All of the components must be securely attached, and the equipment must be properly set up, and you must secure the anchor point so it doesn’t fail to cope with the pressure.
- If there is too much strain on one side and the snatch block fails, significant harm can occur.
- Try getting a durable and expensive block, so it has more probability of working every time.
Which snatch blocks to choose from?
You can enhance a winch’s pulling capability by up to double its normal pulling power by merely using a snatch block pulley system or more. You should consider the pulling capacity of your winch first. If your winch’s pulling rate is a certain amount, your snatch block should be able to pull at least twice that amount load.
The snatch block pulley’s diameter should be at least 8 to 10 times the diameter of your winch cable, if not more. Metal cables are often thinner than synthetic rope winch lines.
Snatch blocks with V-shaped holes in the pulley system should indeed be avoided since they can compress the wire and you should always look for any flaws which might hamper the wire.
In conclusion, using snatch blocks is beneficial as it increases the pulling power of a winch and it puts less pressure on the cable, which makes your ropes last long so it is cost-efficient in the long run.
It is mentioned that you need to buy an expensive snatch board, but that would be a one-time expense and will make it a lot easier to use.