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Old 01-01-2013, 10:26 PM   #31
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I used to run with a group of Humvee owners that found difficult trails worthy of our time. most of us carried 3 tow/snatch straps, 4-drings (all sizes), several jacks. all H1's had front winches, most with synthethic, some had rear as well. And a couple snatch blocks, leather gloves and a blanket to lay on or toss over a stresses line.

Somepody had a shovel, treesaw, and chainsaw for use when trail was blocked.

D-rings the allowed connection points. Anything with a hook was discouraged. We had sand anchors as well.

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Old 01-01-2013, 10:36 PM   #32
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I use rugged ridge ones that I got on Ebay cheap, they are light and have held up to every thing I have put them through. I dont see the point in spending 100 a block when you can do it for 30. And yes I run my synthetic line threw them all the time.
I guess that works if you trust your life to sub standard quality piece of crap. Snatch blocks are very serious pieces of equipment. You'll get safety and longevity out of high quality equipment like Warn and ARB. Save money elsewhere IMHO

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Old 01-01-2013, 10:37 PM   #33
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No, those aren't necessary, but neither is a $50,000 jeep when you can buy a YJ for $3000, they do the same thing, right?
Lol. Point well said
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:51 PM   #34
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I guess that works if you trust your life to sub standard quality piece of crap. Snatch blocks are very serious pieces of equipment. You'll get safety and longevity out of high quality equipment like Warn and ARB. Save money elsewhere IMHO
Have you evere compared them to the high dollar warn ones that they used to make just like them (they may still make them) the only difference is the warn ones have a grease fitting.

I have spent my hole adult life working around rigging and chose to go with what I did for several reasons.
Trust me I am not just trying to save a buck or two, thats not my style when it comes to offroading.
Its not like I use my recovery gear every day. Just 5 or 6 times a month.

How often do you use yours?
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:01 PM   #35
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Have you evere compared them to the high dollar warn ones that they used to make just like them (they may still make them) the only difference is the warn ones have a grease fitting.

I have spent my hole adult life working around rigging and chose to go with what I did for several reasons. Trust me I am not just trying to save a buck or two, thats not my style when it comes to offroading.
Its not like I use my recovery gear every day. Just 5 or 6 times a month.
Hey if it that works for you great. But from a guy who's personally seen his own roller wheel (which is supposed to be designed for this purpose) become grooved and mangled from steel cable winching I am quite shocked you'd still use it and recommend it to others! That steel is substandard CRAP, based on what you have said yourself.

I used to wheel hard and the warn 12,000 pound winch with steel cable I used NEVER even put a surface scratch in the warm snatch block.

And, to answer your question: no. With all due respect, I don't even look at crap stuff for recovery or other safety gear (roll cage material, stinger materials, etc). I've learned my lesson long ago in that arena. That being said, I have crap tools in my toolbox that I've used once or twice but I don't have my life or that of others on the line when I use em.
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Wow man you are fired up about it ant you? I have seen all kinds of blocks groved from steel line (no one I wheel with uses it anymore anyways)

It dosent matter how big your winch is, its about how big of a bind you put your rigging in that will harm it.

Have you ever owned or used any of the blocks that I am talking about? Or are you just calling them crap because you spent money on something better and there is no way something cheaper could work just as good in your mind?
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Wow man you are fired up about it ant you? I have seen all kinds of blocks groved from steel line (no one I wheel with uses it anymore anyways)

It dosent matter how big your winch is, its about how big of a bind you put your rigging in that will harm it.

Have you ever owned or used any of the blocks that I am talking about? Or are you just calling them crap because you spent money on something better and there is no way something cheaper could work just as good in your mind?
I'm not fired up. But I am sitting in front of a fire. Does that count? Ha.

I told you I don't buy crap. So how would I have owned it much less use it?!

I guess we could go on forever. You've made your point and I have made mine. Maybe you're missing the point I'm making about substandard parts, regardless I digress.

Just trying to give the OP constructive info based on the flow of the thread.

Didn't mean to offend you.
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Coming from a sailing perspective, we ditched wire rope back in the 70's. Why on earth anyone still uses it is beyond me. Meat hooks abound.

Harbor Freight perpetuating the problem?
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So what is the general consensus on the. 30,000lb Rugged Ridge blocks?
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I have been using them for a while now and use them a few times a month. If I used them everyday I would go with something else.
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Keep in mind your typical usage. If you often have to use only 1, buy an ARB and a couple RR or equivilent. If you always use 3, get 3 high $$$ ones. I wouldn't shy away just from cost/name, but with ALL rigging equip inspect it before and after each use. If you make $ with it get the best available. If you use it for hoisting (vertical pulls) get the best available. If you use it twice a year for 120* redirect, make your own choice. I won't say buy the china version, but in those instances they should work fine. Just not forever.

Also, sealed bearings (like the ARB) are costly, but keep junk out of the roller assy. A little sand/mud/grime in the wrong spot and the pulley is toast.
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I've used those 30K ones with Humvees for years without issue. It's two peices of 1/4 steel, a solid pulley, and a pin. Nothing special, no bearing to fill with mud. I had a Warn 16.5 double-lined with one many a time pulling somebody in a Humvee, Jeep, Lancruiser, Pinz, fallen trees, etc out of deep mud, ice, over rocks. Never an issue.

You should also carry at least one wheel chock, preferably two if you want to use your vehicle as an anchor point.

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