Winching Backwards

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I ran across a very cool video on Youtube where this guy shows how to winch backwards with a front mounted winch, using either 3 or 4 snatch blocks. I've seen the other technique that involves taking your winch line on a 180 degree bend out of the fairlead and under the vehicle, but this looks like it would be quite a bit less damaging than that method. I've never seen anyone do this before.






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This really confuses my simpleton brain. Not the connections, but how it works.

Sometimes I amaze myself at how smart I am and then sometimes I try to get out of my Jeep with my seat belt on.
 
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The benefit is the multiplied effective pulling force using the snatch blocks.
 
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This really confuses my simpleton brain. Not the connections, but how it works.

Sometimes I amaze myself at how smart I am and then sometimes I try to get out of my Jeep with seat belt on.
Yeah, it's definitely counterintuitive. I don't know how practical it is, given that ~80% of the force of the winch is wasted on it fighting against itself and I also don't know anyone who runs around with 4 snatch blocks unless they're on a recovery team, but I thought it was cool to see, especially with him actually measuring the forces involved.
 

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Yeah, it's definitely counterintuitive. I don't know how practical it is, given that ~80% of the force of the winch is wasted on it fighting against itself and I also don't know anyone who runs around with 4 snatch blocks unless they're on a recovery team, but I thought it was cool to see, especially with him actually measuring the forces involved.

I agree. If you had one anchor point in the front, why not just winch yourself forward?
 

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This is cool. In theory. But for it to actually work in the real world, you need a really long winch line, a bunch of snatch blocks, and objects to use as anchor points placed in pretty much the exact correct positions. Which is extremely unlikely to happen.

As mentioned earlier, in the real world it’s probably more likely that you’d just winch forward, reposition, and back out of whatever spot you’re in than use this method. But it’s good to know that it could work, albeit awkwardly.
 

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I've had to winch myself backwards before using two snatch blocks and the standard 100' line that came with my winch. Always good to have knowledge and options.
 

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Many years ago, I had to winch sideways to keep from sliding off an off-camber trail that was muddy. I was hunting, steel cable winch, no snatch blocks and straps. It was either kill a couple aspens or loose the truck. The aspens lost.
 

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