When you're out exploring or working in the great outdoors, there's
no telling what kind of tricky situations you may find yourself in.
That's why it's best to be prepared for whatever life throws your
way. A winch can get you out when you find yourself stuck, but some
situations may take a little more ingenuity and finesse. Here's
where your winch tools come to the rescue!
Don't go offroading without these 3 basic winch tools: a snatch
block, a tree strap, and a clevis shackle.
Tool #1: Snatch Block
Whether you need to straighten out the cable on a side pull or you
need some extra "oomph" for a really good stuck, a snatch block
gives you the power and flexibility you need. As an added bonus for
heavy pulling, they also reduce amp draw and heat buildup.
In order to truly double the capacity of your winch, the snatch
block capacity should be double the maximum capacity of your winch.
For most ATV or UTV winches, which generally run up to 4000 lbs, an
8K pulley block is more than sufficient. For recovery winches,
double your winch capacity to find the capacity you need for the
snatch block. Make sure the snatch block can handle the diameter of
Tool #2: Tree Strap
If you're hooking up to a natural anchor point such as a tree or
rock, a tree saver strap will come in handy. Tree straps soften the
impact on the environment, unlike choker chains, which can damage or
kill trees. Your cable itself should never wrap around an anchor
point and hook back onto itself. This can severely damage your
cable. A tree strap saves your cable from rubbing against abrasive
surfaces and gives you a secure hold on your anchor point.
Winch Tool #3: Clevis Shackle
A clevis D shackle (also known as D ring, anchor shackle, etc.)
works as a link between the tree strap (or other anchor point, such
as a tow hook) and your cable hook. Check the working load of your D
shackle to make sure it can handle what you put it up against.
With these 3 basic winch tools and a little know-how, you can
winch your way out of tricky spots and get back on the trail
before you know it!