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Using a Snatch Block with a Tow-Eye Screw

Dec 11th, 2018 | By | Category: Tow Tip

The location of a vehicle’s tow-eye screw will differ depending on the make and model of the casualty, however they are typically on the right side of the front bumper.

This means that the winch line will be on an angle when winching the vehicle onto a carrier deck, making it difficult to pull the casualty straight forward and requiring the operator to continually compensate for the angle. Additionally, the angle of the winch line creates additional force on the tow-eye, meaning the casualty cannot be winched completely to the front of the carrier deck. However, there is a technique to combat this.

By connecting a snatch block to the tow-eye, the hooked end of the winch line can be secured to a keyhole slot on the carrier deck. The resulting “V” in the wire rope will soften the angle from the winch to the vehicle and keep the angle within the 15 degrees recommended by most manufacturers.

See more tow-eye information from WreckMaster Lead Instructor Kurt Wildon on page 36 of the Tow Times December 2018 issue.