Why Snatch Blocks are AWESOME (How Pulleys Work) - Smarter Every Day 228

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  1. SmarterEveryDay

    SmarterEveryDayYil oldin

    Snatch Block! I want to take a moment to thank those of you who support Smarter Every Day on Patreon. I'd also like to point out 2 things about this video. #1. You'll notice Jeremy Fielding is in this video. He's the "Contraption Fabricator" that's started working with me now because of your support on Patreon. He's a great designer, father, and friend. You'll be seeing more of Jeremy around thanks to those who support at www.patreon.com/smartereveryday/ #2. If you'd like to 3D print the Snatch Blocks and pulleys we use in this video they are here: www.thingiverse.com/thing:4022579 #3. I really enjoy KiwiCo and I think you will too. I got them as a Christmas gift for my children years ago, and it was a huge hit. It was after that experience that I reached out to their team and asked if I could advertise for them because of how good it was for our family. I think you'll enjoy it too. www.kiwico.com/smarter It was 3 things... I ended up pointing out 3 things.

  2. Koutarou Araki

    Koutarou Araki21 kun oldin

    Your sponsor should’ve been snatch block

  3. Henry Myers

    Henry Myers21 kun oldin

    How do you get heavy or bulky items on second, third, etc floor? Get a harbor freight Gambrel with block and tackle find a multiple window connected by mullion... single header!!! :)

  4. aa az

    aa az21 kun oldin

    @SmarterEveryDay devis give us an idea about the ship in suez. 🤠

  5. 2UwUmasters

    2UwUmastersOy oldin

    oh my god thank you this is so cool

  6. batfly

    batflyOy oldin

    Snatch Block has a whole other meaning now.

  7. Bakuah

    Bakuah3 soat oldin

    men if in the end of the eight pulley you put anoter pulley to push at both sides you can solve the problem of pull more on one side because you can easily pull both sides, ok you need 2 persons or push one side and hold, go to other side push and hold, but the cargo will wake up more smooth and balanced

  8. Erick R Cisneros

    Erick R Cisneros5 soat oldin


  9. C Croson

    C Croson8 soat oldin

    I studied a lot of this when I was going to school so I have a very good understanding of all of these things and yes it’s an art that’s being lost as the years go by

  10. kirk palabrica

    kirk palabrica10 soat oldin

    Archimedes of the millennial age : "YO! King Hero!, I'm really good at pulleys and stuff, but I need a warship" King Hero of the new gens : "YO doug, here's yo' warship"

  11. Woody Batter

    Woody BatterKun oldin

    If you spend more money on tread than snatch blocks you might not get stuck

  12. Вячеслав Иванов

    Вячеслав Иванов2 kun oldin

    every engineer knows kids are useful

  13. John Macuk

    John Macuk2 kun oldin

    These are great! why don't the science equipment companies include these in their catalogs? BTW, shoe eyelets and laces are another great way to show block and tackles in action!


    DEADSTOCK DAVE3 kun oldin

    Lol he acts like this is ground breaking news. It’s literally 4th grade Science. They taught this in school...We just barely remember

  15. Anonymous Boy

    Anonymous Boy4 kun oldin

    Best promotion ever

  16. Виктор Дутлов

    Виктор Дутлов4 kun oldin

    10:05 U DOG! ))))))

  17. Tyler Bickford

    Tyler Bickford5 kun oldin

    Anyone who off-roads regularly knows how well a snatch block helps. It's small and light enough to keep with you, even if you don't have a winch. Just keep a hi lift jack and you can easily pull yourself out of any situation, in any direction if you can set up pulleys correctly to trees

  18. David Vik

    David Vik5 kun oldin

    Like your videos keep up the good work! FYI a pulley is something that drives a belt or is driven by a belt as the fan and generator on a car are drive by a belt from the engine. In rigging the correct term for the grooved wheel in the block that a rope runs in is a sheave. Yes everyone calls them pulley block, but as the song of my youth said, " Nobody's right if everybody's wrong".

  19. Lurchie

    Lurchie6 kun oldin


  20. Steven Skeens

    Steven Skeens6 kun oldin

    I don't understand the need for snatch blocks in space all you should need is an anchor point to have a mechanical advantage on any weightless object

  21. Alto Clef

    Alto Clef6 kun oldin

    How many snatch blocks would you need to pull the earth?

  22. Taylor Sloth

    Taylor Sloth6 kun oldin

    It took a video about snatch blocks to make me realize how lousy my parents were at parenting.

  23. Joey Couto

    Joey Couto6 kun oldin

    Thank our sponsor SNATCH BLOCK!

  24. Brent Weeks

    Brent Weeks6 kun oldin

    When pulling the Jeep out, why do you need a packing blanket over the cable? I know it’s a safety. I just don’t know why.

  25. danielle garza

    danielle garza7 kun oldin

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  26. Dalisa King

    Dalisa King7 kun oldin

    Didn't know polley could be so interesting great video great work

  27. Joe Crawford

    Joe Crawford7 kun oldin

    Plot twist the space commander is 35

  28. Flustered Weasel

    Flustered Weasel8 kun oldin

    God you look and act EXACTLY like my Physics teacher from Senior year, just with less smugness.

  29. Chris Gronik

    Chris Gronik8 kun oldin

    wow Destin must be the best dad in the world love your channel keep up the good work

  30. Jesse Haetta

    Jesse Haetta8 kun oldin

    Basically like a low gear, transferring more less hard movement into less more hard movement

  31. Linus Sievers

    Linus Sievers8 kun oldin

    7:01 yes, those are some amazing looking hands

  32. nmplab

    nmplab9 kun oldin

    wait until a supervillain steals a building with snatchblocks

  33. Shanna Heckler

    Shanna Heckler9 kun oldin

    Hi fellows. I think you need to take some time and take a fast tour on Woodglut website.

  34. manar H

    manar H9 kun oldin

    The mechanical energy stays the same i notice, as energy is Force x distance, so despite you putting say 4th as much force, you will need to make the distance 4 times as long.

  35. Карим Кебедов

    Карим Кебедов10 kun oldin

    Спасибо 😃 Молодец 👍🏽

  36. Abuzar PC

    Abuzar PC10 kun oldin

    i have my icse exams and this is how i am understanding pulley system

  37. Mason Krueger

    Mason Krueger10 kun oldin

    Mark rober? 13:46

  38. Vernand Masseur aka help me

    Vernand Masseur aka help me10 kun oldin

    Gdpm nice

  39. ErrADDict

    ErrADDict11 kun oldin

    I wanna see someone build a "snatch block" setup like Archimedes did and pull a giant boat as well

  40. Wayne Ford

    Wayne Ford11 kun oldin

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  41. Stoooff A

    Stoooff A11 kun oldin

    Senku from Dr. Stone sends his regards

  42. Takamichi Sarukawa

    Takamichi Sarukawa12 kun oldin


  43. Real Life Engineer

    Real Life Engineer12 kun oldin

    Thank you for sharing!😊 For the stuck Jeep, I thought you were going to use your TWO snatch blocks. 😆 The second snatch block could be anchored at the Jeep ‘s front anchor. The winch hook then routes back towards the tree, but tied to a DIFFERENT tree. This helps spread the load across two separate trees. I was seriously waiting for the tree to be brought down... 😅

  44. Simon Chayer

    Simon Chayer12 kun oldin

    Alabama, where the biggest flex is the number of snatch block you got

  45. danielle garza

    danielle garza12 kun oldin

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  46. Hunter Bell

    Hunter Bell12 kun oldin

    “You can’t push a rope” -me high asf 🤨🤔😧

  47. Alex Espinoza

    Alex Espinoza13 kun oldin

    I was expecting a different sponsor lol

  48. Handlebar Mustachio

    Handlebar Mustachio13 kun oldin

    Dude I wish you were my teacher back in the day. So much clearer and easier to digest.

  49. Haro Panosyan

    Haro Panosyan13 kun oldin

    It is hard to believe he used the same force with one snatch block and 2 snatch blocks, but hope he admits. We all make mistakes 😀

  50. 7.six2

    7.six213 kun oldin

    Fvcking Mark Rober wannabee

  51. Tarayu sama

    Tarayu sama13 kun oldin

    13:46 mark rober?

  52. Get Smarter

    Get Smarter13 kun oldin

    Well, there's yer problem! Yer tires are bald, you would'na slid off the road in the first place! Good thing you had yer thingy. But thanks for the explanation, I just bought a beefy one off Amazon and didn't know why it worked. Still not sure how it works, but now I know what I don't know. I believe this could be explained using leverage of logs to exemplify distance input vs work done with varying fulcrum points. That would help to explain doubling the length of rope pulled to distance of load moved. Just sayin- Do know one thing 'tho, I'm gonna buy at least 2 more.

  53. Connie King

    Connie King13 kun oldin

    The rotten salesman fundamentally list because day tribally pack alongside a faint fair outrigger. amusing, ill-informed waitress

  54. jim

    jim13 kun oldin

    Great video! We had an engine to remove and install in a tractor. Had a A- frame but the Come along wasn't strong enough to lift the engine block. Someone said let's use a cheater pipe on the come along. I didn't agree. We would exceed its rating. A cup of Coffey and starring at it for a half hour and still nothing. Called a friend. Went by his house and he hands me several pulls and some heavy rope. Four pulls and the come along worked with no strain. I think we could have pulled it by hand with a few more pulls. Now pulleys are part of my tool box and have used them many times. Yes, you can learn a lot from the past.

  55. Gatchaman_Bird_Style

    Gatchaman_Bird_Style14 kun oldin

    My friend and his girlfriend went zip lining in Costa Rico a few years ago. Said it was totally surreal.

  56. Will O'Haver

    Will O'Haver14 kun oldin

    As a sailor that uses blocks for just about everything, this was very interesting. Thank you!

  57. polard keren

    polard keren14 kun oldin

    The rural albatross technologically head because book histopathologically shrug including a enchanted claus. miniature, clear propane



    Por que los videos mas interesantes estan en ingles :/

  59. Allan Docater

    Allan Docater14 kun oldin

    I know you can find solutions to this problem in the Woodglut plans.

  60. Adrian Figueroa

    Adrian Figueroa14 kun oldin

    Working on an invention right now and this video was the best on understanding Snatch Blocks/pulleys. Thank you! I love your vids! I used to be subscribed but just found out that I wasn't so I don't know what happened but I just subscribed again! I can't say enough how grateful I am!

  61. possibility28able

    possibility28able14 kun oldin

    I like how Jeremy just knows the answer to everything is snatch block

  62. Andrew Roby

    Andrew Roby15 kun oldin

    lol snatch block

  63. Thomas Brock

    Thomas Brock15 kun oldin

    This channel deserves to be the next TSeries. Grab your snatch blocks and rally!

  64. Tyler Lizeé

    Tyler Lizeé16 kun oldin

    It's the same thing as gear ratio reduction. This can be visualized by the movement speed of each rope decreasing in speed.

  65. Azazel

    Azazel16 kun oldin

    9:28 move you idiots , if tat rope breaks your will lose your face , that thing can kill you .

  66. Michael Smith

    Michael Smith16 kun oldin

    I love this guy! Absolutely curious.

  67. James Boylan

    James Boylan16 kun oldin

    are you sure the sponsor is kiwi its more like snatch blocks except snatch blocks is not a company


    ASARADEL16 kun oldin

    for someone who prides themselves on being smart your kids are way too old to be this uneducated i know its a video, but you didn't teach your kids early enough to make me think you're smart. you'll get there... one day... keep trying everyday. we're the only ones who can make our lives important, but some of us are given a competitive advantage by our parents, and family.


    ASARADEL16 kun oldin

    entertainment vs advancement

  70. jane romnicki

    jane romnicki17 kun oldin

    This time I will do it manually with the help of Woodglut designs.


    TRISTAN COOK - STUDENT17 kun oldin

    your making ur kids do that stuff ???

  72. Charles Georgette

    Charles Georgette18 kun oldin

    The important table briefly undress because dibble comparably tip per a horrible chain. glamorous, sad doll

  73. Bass boosted

    Bass boosted18 kun oldin

    I’m confused af

  74. Sherman Herritt

    Sherman Herritt18 kun oldin

    *Wife:* "Honey, the kids are all gone for the night" *Husband:* "They are?" *Wife:* "Mmm Hmm. Guess what we could do all night?" *Husband:* "SNATCH BLOCK!"

  75. Lavr Rybak

    Lavr Rybak18 kun oldin

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  76. Matthew M

    Matthew M18 kun oldin

    you cant push a rope but what if you're in space ?

  77. Travis Richardson

    Travis Richardson18 kun oldin

    As a firefighter its very important to understand and use mechanical advantage in performing rescue operations. Thank you for sharing

  78. meance

    meance19 kun oldin

    Jeff didn't show up to "help" Jeff knew there was good fun to be had playing with snatch blocks.

  79. Juan S.

    Juan S.19 kun oldin

    "Hey kids, come earn your UZnick revenue side of the cake"

  80. патхфиндер 911

    патхфиндер 91119 kun oldin

    Is that block tilting bcoz of friction

  81. Tow Doctor

    Tow Doctor20 kun oldin

    Love the way you birds nest your winch. My hero

  82. James G

    James G20 kun oldin

    This is the best SED episode!

  83. Jackson Mulivrana

    Jackson Mulivrana20 kun oldin

    I didn't see anyone talk about Mark Rober being in the video behindthe kid with a green shirt. 13:48

  84. DynamiteDan

    DynamiteDan20 kun oldin

    Got your container ship stuck in the Suez Canal?! *SNATCH BLOCK!*


    DANIEL ROBBINS20 kun oldin

    Psalm 111:2? I love that verse! Thanks for sharing! Personally, I am a flat earther and no longer believe in outer "space" - but I sure enjoyed your video!

  86. Soham Dutta Roy

    Soham Dutta Roy21 kun oldin

    Destin's kids be like "I always knew Dad was crazy."

  87. Oliver Gerard

    Oliver Gerard21 kun oldin

    I feel like this is the answer to getting the Evergreen out of the Suez Canal

  88. GQGeek81

    GQGeek8121 kun oldin

    Destin, we need you in the Suez Canal ASAP.

  89. Allen Binger

    Allen Binger21 kun oldin

    Destin I'm an Arborist in Oklahoma, I think you'd be very interested to see what we do in the trees with snatch blocks. I use your videos as teaching tools. Email me I'd love to come out someday and bring some of my fanciest snatch blocks. Like the Omni block 2.2

  90. KarlTheAttackBucket

    KarlTheAttackBucket21 kun oldin

    12:36 "I wanna tell you something else that is amazing and that is the sponsor for this video...:" me: "Snatch block?" "Kiwi Co." me: "oh..." :(

  91. Xiaodeng Chen

    Xiaodeng Chen21 kun oldin

    lovely and insightful inspiration

  92. furthememes

    furthememes22 kun oldin

    You can't push rope? Wtf? Ever heard of the string shooter experiment? We still don't understand it Look it up on yt, a demonstration and like two or three research conference Cody's lab has a link to the demo in his active support video Would love to see you try and explain how pushing rope somehow works

  93. jojjebros

    jojjebros22 kun oldin

    I feel stupid. I still not get it.

  94. Hrushikesh Vasista

    Hrushikesh Vasista22 kun oldin

    One of the best Smarter Everday videos Destin! Thoroughly enjoyed it!


    CLAUDIO ALVARADO22 kun oldin

    this will surely help take the tree off Kohaku

  96. Oznerol L

    Oznerol L22 kun oldin

    Nothin’ like a little snatch!

  97. David Platt

    David Platt22 kun oldin

    Educational, awesome, and hilarious! Well done!

  98. Wyatt Miller

    Wyatt Miller24 kun oldin

    "pulleys are one of my favorite things in the world" I thought you said that laminar flow is your'e favorite thing in the world. in the making of this comment I realized I forgot the key words because he says "pulleys are ONE of my favorite things in the world"

  99. Erika A Mac

    Erika A Mac24 kun oldin

    THANK YOU SO MUCH. I really needed a refresher. Kind of wishing you had made something though. Like a hoist for a kayak, garage storage tray, elevator bed. Only because you know I'm selfish and need help on my projects hahhahaha.

  100. sherwin salvatori

    sherwin salvatori25 kun oldin

    That how cranes works

  101. awd34

    awd3425 kun oldin

    you lost me at the astro- nut

  102. Lucky 13

    Lucky 1326 kun oldin

    The FBD method of explaining this never sticks. In one ear, and out the other. You should learn it, though, but you fundamentally need more analysis to do anything with it. FBD are useful to size individual components in your snatch block, for example. You don't need them at the macro level, which is what we are dealing with here. The technique that is MUCH more useful is the black box approach. You can use this technique in all sorts of problems, and is often used as a 'double check', to check your work. It's that fast. It's the first law of thermodynamics, ie energy must be conserved. For simplicity we will ignore inefficiencies, as they are tiny in comparison. If you move a machine's inbut 2 feet, and the output responds by moving 1 foot, you have a 2:1 mechanical advantage. Power is force over a distance. The power going in is Force * 2 feet. The power coming out must be Force #2 over 1 feet. Power in = Power out F1 x 2' = F2 x 1' F2 = 2 x F1.

  103. man man

    man man27 kun oldin

    13:48 wait a minute did i see mark rober?

  104. Charles Killian

    Charles Killian28 kun oldin

    What's sad is I learned this in high school physics. Now we have to rely on UZnick? Sigh!

  105. Savvy Dirt Farmer

    Savvy Dirt Farmer28 kun oldin

    TO the 6k who gave this a dislike... may a pox be on your snatch blocks.

  106. Ján .Kurinec

    Ján .Kurinec28 kun oldin

    perfect!!! - greetings from Slovakia! :)