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Home > recovery winch > Snatch block and Snatch block basics
Snatch block and Snatch block basics
2016-07-20 by 2015_armour
A double-line pull involves using the snatch block to redirect the heavy duty winch cable back towards the winch. In a self-recovery situation, you’d run the cable through the snatch block and then back to your own vehicle. The snatch block is attached to an anchor point and positioned directly in front of the vehicle.
If you are moving another vehicle, the stuck vehicle is attached to the snatch block. The winch cable goes through the snatch block and back to an anchor point that’s next to your vehicle. This anchor point takes some of the strain off your vehicle, which is important when you are recovering a heavier rig.
This double-line setup with the snatch block doubles the pulling power of your winch. Note that when you double the power, you also cut the line speed in half.
The snatch block may be simple in design, but using one properly requires some creative thinking. Make sure you practice rigging your winch with a snatch block before you head out on the trail.



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