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

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I thought this was a great video about why you should put blankets on your winch cable: th-vision.net/detail/%E0%B8%A7%E0%B8%B5%E0%B8%94%E0%B8%B5%E0%B9%82%E0%B8%AD-gPba-34ARZY.html
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  • 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.

    • Your children have grown so much

      Rodtheo 00Rodtheo 0019 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
    • SmarterEveryDay you know what’s amazing ?....hands ! You can smash rock with them with a hammer,also pick up rough rock,grab hot items ,Stroke an animal,feel the slightest bit of grit on a surface,punch,massage....all with hands!

      russel finchrussel finch4 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • This was the longest add ever

      J JayJ Jay14 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • @melanieenmats you are right. Gears and pulleys are just more sophisticated levers. And with lever you lose distance but you gain force.

      Rimantas LiubertasRimantas Liubertas15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I don't pretend.

    Rufus ShinraRufus Shinra2 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • This guy gets so excited off seemingly boring things, I love it! That’s a great approach to life, some people have a billion $ and nothing can excite them like a snatchblock can excite destin.

    Drey BalatskiyDrey Balatskiy3 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Pullys are nothing less than an incline plane.

    Microphonix Virtual StudioMicrophonix Virtual Studio3 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • This is a perfect example of proving that there is always an equal and *opposite* reaction.

    Jordan StokesJordan Stokes6 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • You would love watching a drilling rig trip pipe. The one I work on has a 12 line block being pulled by a 2000 hp draw works. Capable of lifting 1.2 million pounds.

    Mason TMason T8 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Genius teacher!!!

    Julius Dela CruzJulius Dela Cruz10 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • i realy thought the sponsor for the video was Snatch block ... and now i have a realy big urge to buy one .... THX OBAMA

    Patrick AllenPatrick Allen10 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • i stayed this entire physics lesson. unbelievable. thanks destin. you're a great man

    fas.hfas.h13 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Didn't watch the video, also love snatch.

    TRFriendlyTRFriendly15 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • i dont get compound pulleys

    Tonasky -Tonasky -15 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Please tell me you know the difference between a winch and a wench.

    Bill KatzBill Katz18 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • just found your channel. Love it! keep it up

    Jason BryantJason Bryant19 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • So the diameter of the pulley has a lot to do with it also.

    ian reedian reed19 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Yeah the ratio changes each time the rope goes around the circumference of that pulley.

    ian reedian reed19 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Sooo how olds the daughter

    Mad PentagonMad Pentagon19 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • He can get the 8x mechanical advantage with one pulley being 8x bigger

    Sammy DubourgSammy Dubourg20 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • The guy that helped with the car is just pure awesome. A true rolemodel.

    Alexander NielsenAlexander Nielsenวันที่ผ่านมา
  • 10:32 Pull on deez nuts

    Evan PriceEvan Priceวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Alabama!

  • Does this not remind anyone of dashie when he did the bopit video at 12:07 ?? 2:56 NOW PLAYING WATCH LATER ADD TO QUEUE

    Dre RadcliffDre Radcliffวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Physics is amazing. Thank you!

  • Thanks for your kind words - Arcamedies

    Bandichod MadabandichodBandichod Madabandichodวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Went your accent change with Jeff?

    Bandichod MadabandichodBandichod Madabandichodวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Alec Steel mentioned this vid in his "Forge Doors" series. Pleeeeese do a colab with him!

    Tim MTim Mวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Thanks for the vid! Love the snatchblocks, community and kiwico 😁

  • TAC PAC!

  • Hey we need some maths

    Aanass AnasssAanass Anasssวันที่ผ่านมา
  • 27 years old and just now learning about what this simple machine can really do... Great video! Really fascinating.

  • If only they'd come up with a better name than snatch block; too many connotations.

    Wesley TillmanWesley Tillmanวันที่ผ่านมา
  • this is just gear reduction, no?

    Dexter RockstarDexter Rockstarวันที่ผ่านมา
  • wow your kids are so big now :0

    Andrea MoraAndrea Moraวันที่ผ่านมา
  • I like your videos but in true American ideal you've learnt how to monetise growing up. Nice one :((

    Damian SchofieldDamian Schofieldวันที่ผ่านมา
  • 16:18 amazing

    AbstractnAbstractn2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Ok, so my basic physics survival kit now got WD40, Silvertape, FlexTape and now Snatch Blocks!

    Rodrigo F.Rodrigo F.2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Is she your daughter? She is quite fair 😍😍

    apoek.lizt.blitz asapoek.lizt.blitz as2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Awesome

    Allen OxendineAllen Oxendine2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • There are really disturbing jokes that can be made about this video. So many jokes...

    oceankhayneoceankhayne2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • How does this not violate the principle of conservation of energy? Someone please explain..!

    GlitchedBotGlitchedBot2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Did not need to watch this; thought I knew enough... but I still learned. Awesome & fascinating :)

    Chris MurphyChris Murphy2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This is how my wife (who weighs 115 lbs) hoisted her whitetail buck to the ceiling in my garage.

    Abe WallAbe Wall2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I got a story form trucking in Michigan so in Michigan trucks can be 80 ton gross and no permanent so this guy gets his 80 ton tanker trailer stuck in a ditch and gets him self out by using very big rope pulleys and raping one drive tire to make a winch and pulls the hole truck and trailer up onto the road i think he said was out in like 45 minutes

    crazy jackcrazy jack2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I learned nothing

    Fredrick GilmoreFredrick Gilmore2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This is a amazing work dude

    Mr. ÜbermenschMr. Übermensch2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Great job. Liked subscribed and made an order from kiwi for my little scientists. T.y and keep up the good work!

    Clean LivenClean Liven2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • "That's want you want. You want to be the person who knows how to use the snatch...."

    gradyrm237gradyrm2372 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • It’s not rlly free you have to pay shiping

    wyatt waltersXDwyatt waltersXD3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Please do more chris hadfield

    Camoboy31Camoboy313 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Na miniaturce myślałem że to Artur Bińkowski

    BuHajBuHaj3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Destin: Everybody wants to be the person who can arrange pulleys in the smartest way. Me: ???

    Lucas LundLucas Lund3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • When lacking a snatch block, use a HOOK & LOOP!!

    Garret JamesGarret James3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I was one of those guys that thought pulleys were cool but never real understood how they worked. Now I do thanks to you, and a great video to.

    Darren GDarren G3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • My wife pulls the snatch block all the time grrrrr......

    MikeMike3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • imagine being blocked by snatchblock

    danny yodanny yo3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Such a good episode, your kids are awesome

    ArchangelV11ArchangelV113 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • you need a field trip to a steel plant maintenance department! keep up the good work...

    Eric DankoEric Danko4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I literally was sitting here YESTERDAY thinking to myself "How in the world do pulleys give you an advantage...HOW TF DOES MAKING A ROPE GO AROUND A CIRCLE MAKE THINGS EASIER???" And then this video shows up in my recommended...

    Tungsten HexafluorideTungsten Hexafluoride4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • What about the diameter of the wheel on the pulley? How does that interact?

  • 0:50 zzzzzzzzzzzerooo! That's a back injury waiting to happen.

    Central Intelligence AgencyCentral Intelligence Agency4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • A pulley is basically a lever on an axl. But instead of a longer lever you just need more rope and pulleys.

    Blah AngerBlah Anger4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Only Dustin can walk up to a work crew fixing a barrier and say "hey dudes, can I film your snatch blocks?" and they say "Sure, no problem". And also message superstar astronaut Chris Hadfield and say "hey dude, can you film a little piece about using snatch blocks in space?" and he says "Sure, no problem"

    zerokmatrixzerokmatrix4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Destin is such a wonderful guy ,I want to meet him in person..

    shubham kumarshubham kumar4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Snatch block: When a girl invites you to go home with her but her ugly friend shows up and says she needs a ride home.

    Josh MJosh M4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The current day “Mr.Wizard”.

    Jonathan ParkerJonathan Parker4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • It's called the working factor... the formula is... the number of ropes on the movable sheaves is the working factor of the set of blocks...if 2 ropes are attached to the movable sheaves the working factor is 2:1.. if 4 are attached its 4:1 and so on .. 8 on the movable sheaves is 8:1...you get 8 lbs of pull on the movable sheaves with each 1 lb applied forse on the pull rope... hence an 8:1 working factor

    Dave SchidlmeierDave Schidlmeier4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Destin, That Jeep’s front driver’s tire was looking pretty bald. Just saying.... Great video...your kids are lucky to have such a smart & fun dad!👍

    James wingertJames wingert4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Couldn't call it a C - - t block

    John DoeJohn Doe4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I heard snatch bloxk that often, that I forgot the name of SNATCH BLOCKS in my native alanguage german.

    XaverderschnitzelfanXaverderschnitzelfan5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Can you adopt me please?

    XaverderschnitzelfanXaverderschnitzelfan5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Anyone else notice Mark Rober in the group shot at KiwiCo?

    David JohnstonDavid Johnston5 วันที่ผ่านมา
Why Snatch Blocks are AWESOME (How Pulleys Work)  - Smarter Every Day 228