The safe, light MAXTRAX Winch RingAugust 56 minute read
The MAXTRAX Winch Ring adds to the growing range of modern 4×4 equipment designed to make recoveries easier and safer.
hat is a double line pull?
For those new to winch recoveries, let’s take a quick look at the double line pull. By running the winch line through a pulley and back to the vehicle it’s possible to almost double the capacity of the winch. For every length of winch
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How does the MAXTRAX Winch Ring work?
The MAXTRAX Winch Ring rigs up in the same layout as a traditional snatch ring.
It’s designed for synthetic winch lines only, and first, it’s a simple matter of placing the winch line over the ring.
Next, connect the MAXTRAX Winch Ring to the anchor point using a soft shackle.
Finally, pull the winch line back to the 4×4 and connect it to a rated recovery point.
With most anchor points having sharp corners it’s still best to connect to this point with a hard shackle. Closed loops like Factor 55 FlatLink are a safer option than a traditional hook. We placed our dampener closer to this end of the winch rope, just in case.
From here, it’s winching as normally. The winch line rolls around the large diameter pulley effortless.
The inside hole of the MAXTRAX Winch Ring is smooth and rounded to ensure there are no sharp edges which could damage the soft shackle.
What are the advantages over a traditional steel snatch block?
The MAXTRAX Winch Ring is generally a safer option than a steel snatch block. Steel blocks work the same but are have and require the use of hard shackles. While high quality and well-maintained ones are unlikely to break, if something in the setup, like the anchor, fails there is the potential for the snatch block to become a heavy projectile.
The Winch Ring is in line with the current trend to remove heavy items like steel winch cables and shackles from the setup wherever possible.
Recovery equipment can add up to be a significant load in a 4×4. For those closer to the GVM than they may like it’s possible to save weight with the MAXTRAX Winch Ring. The aluminium ring is significantly lighter than a steel snatch block, and it’s possible to replace a couple of hard shackles for soft ones for this job.
The Winch Ring has a WLL of 12,500kg and has a destructive test break load of 62,508kg.
Words by Mike Collister. Photographs by James Mandy.