Originally Posted by MTH
Hmm, I'm trying to work that out in my head. I get how a bumper mounted winch works with a snatchblock--the SB goes on the tree saver such that both the winch and the pull line are anchored on the Jeep. But when using a handwinch, don't you want the winch to be on the tree side? If so, how do you run the snatchblock into the equation to still double your pull power? I suppose you could change the format entirely and do multiple tree savers . . . .
Most hand winches come with some sort of built in snatch block. The ones with two hooks on the pulling end have a hook that attaches to your load or your winch. If you connect the end hook onto your winch, then you use the pulley hook (snatch block) and connect that to your load. It's called the 2-to-1 mechanical advantage.
The come-along I use I got for $40 from Harbor Freight, and it's a 4 ton with a 10 foot cable. Harbor Freight isn't the best for heavy duty stuff, but this was a year ago when I drove a FWD SUV and had to call AAA to winch me out of a snow pile in my driveway... I ended up needing it again and bring it to the trails with me when I take my YJ out.
The 10' cable is short, but I have a 6' tree strap, a 25' tow strap, and a 15' chain to give me the length I need.
My advice would be to just buy the come-along, even if you have future plans to buy a Hi-Lift and/or an electric bumper winch. After you upgrade, you can toss it in another car just in case. The $40 will be worth it when you don't have to pay $90 for AAA and wait for them to come on a busy winter day.