Winch snatch block pulleys are common vehicle recovery accessories used for pulling vehicles back onto navigable areas. Using a winch snatch block pulley in a block and tackle application actually reduces the amount of force required to recovery a vehicle. This is especially helpful if your electric winch can’t quite handle the job. A pulley system like a snatch block is used in combination with wire rope or winch cable by looping the cable through the snatch block before hooking to your anchor point. The force required to recovery your vehicle is reduced proportionally with the number of winch snatch block pulleys used during the recovery.
Offering A Huge Selection Of Snatch Blocks
Here at Off Roading HQ, we take pride in offering a massive variety of winch snatch block pulleys from leading brands in the industry. Whether you’re looks for snatch blocks from Warn Industries, ARB, Vault Cargo Management, Rugged Ridge, or Smittybilt, you can find them right here on our website. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to reach out & let us track it down for you. We’re always here to help! A snatch block pulley is a mechanism that can be opened to allow your winch cable to be inserted without having to change the direction of the cable.
Winch snatch block pulleys can be used to recover vehicles of all kinds. From tractors to 4×4 Jeeps & vehicles all the way down to ATVs, a snatch block can truly be a workhorse in your recovery kit. The reason it is called a snatch block is because it literally “snatches” the force of pull, which offers a unique combination of power & flexibility in your winch recovery kit. When used with a winch, a snatch block pulley lets you pull or lift heavy objects by “breaking” the pull force between your winch & the anchor point. This actually cuts the direct pull load in half, which is why leading brands claim that a winch snatch block pulley can double the the capacity of your winch.
Variations Of Winch Snatch Block Pulleys
There are obviously countless different variations of off road vehicles, ranging in weight from a few hundred pounds to a few tons. With all these different scenarios, there needs to also be quite a few different styles of winch snatch block pulleys to handle them all. With that being said, it is really important to know what to look for when you’re choosing a snatch block for your particular job. A few factors that you should keep in mind when you’re choosing a snatch block pulley for your vehicle recovery needs are:
- Check the Working Load Limit (WLL) of both the snatch block and your winch cable or tow rope. If the WLL of the snatch block pulley is not compatible with the WLL of the rope, it can create a dangerous situation if either one should fail.
- Coordinate the size of the pulley in the snatch block to the diameter of the winch cable. If the wire rope is too large for the pulley, the block can actually crack. Generally, the winch cable-to-pulley size ratio should be 12:1 in order to hold the cable properly while under load.
- Know your numbers. Because a snatch block can cut the direct pull load in half, choose a winch snatch block that has a rating of double the pull of the winch you’ll be using with it. For example, if you have a 12,000 lbs electric winch on your vehicle, you’ll want a winch snatch block rated for at least 24,000 lbs.
We carry a huge variety of styles of heavy duty snatch blocks from the most reputable brands in the industry; check the specifications for each winch snatch block for break strength and load limits. We also carry a wide selection of off road recovery kits if you’re looking to save some money on your entire off roading loadout.
Along with heavy duty snatch blocks, we also offer smaller snatch blocks and pulleys in various designs and sizes. These include stainless steel snatch blocks, square blocks, single and double pulleys, swivel blocks, and more.
Choosing the right snatch block and all the recovery equipment to go along with it can be a daunting task. If you have any questions about using snatch blocks, choosing tree saver tow straps, working load limits, etc., contact one of our team members. They can help you find just what you need to get the job done safely.