Videos & How To's

We've found some interesting videos to help explain how block and tackle pulley systems work!  If you have favorite videos you would like to share with us, please send your video or link to

How to install a snatch pin pulley block over cable wire using removable pin:


Here's a video we found from Bill Nye, the Science Guy, from Disney that explains how pulleys work called "Pulleys - Simple Machines".  The video begins with animation, and then about 3:15 minutes into the video, Bill Nye, along with kids, explain how pulleys are used on cranes, tree houses, and even sails on boats!  Click here

Pulley systems can be used for a variety of applications.  Here's a video that describes and demonstrates the mechanical advantage using a rope and pulleys for vehicle recovery, specifically pulling a truck out of the mud when you are all by yourself.  Click here

Here's another video describing how to pull a vehicle by Perry McDonough, who demonstrates proper winching using the single line pull and snatch block methods.  Click here

Pulley Systems Rules - Knots & Pulleys in Rope Rigging Systems:  Click here

Pulley Systems - Learn from a Pro  (Click here)

 There you go!  These videos help to answer the question of "how do pulleys work?"  If you have some videos you would like to share with us, please send them to