4 x 4 Australia - - Techniques -

WHILE a pul­ley block al­lows us to in­crease the ef­fec­tive pulling power of a winch, it also has the un­in­tended con­se­quence of al­low­ing us to change the di­rec­tion we’re winch­ing in. This can come in handy in a few dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions.

Firstly, we can winch on an up­wards an­gle to help lift out of mud. You can do this with a sin­gle line pull by set­ting the tree trunk pro­tec­tor high, but the lever­age ap­plied to the tree can po­ten­tially rip it out.

By fit­ting a pul­ley block high in a tree, you can run the line from your four-wheel drive up and through the tree and then down to a low an­chor point on a sec­ond tree. This will pull the front of your ve­hi­cle out of the muck, while push­ing the sec­ond tree down and not over.

The other ma­jor ben­e­fit of re-di­rect­ing winch lines is the sling­shot winch. Par­tic­u­larly use­ful when you’re not the one stuck, a sling-shot winch al­lows you to di­rect your winch line around cor­ners, or even to a tree in front of you, and then back to a 4x4 stuck be­hind you.

You won’t get the added ben­e­fits of me­chan­i­cal ad­van­tage, but you can per­form some other­wise im­pos­si­ble re­cov­er­ies with this tech­nique.

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