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  1. I appreciate your concern and agree. The winch line coming off my tool, or acting in other unexpected ways is scary. So is placing my body between freeway traffic and a tow truck / disabled vehicle. And I'm all for reducing risk where possible. But I believe my tool can be used safely and can make the rest of a difficult load out easier and quicker, which reduces risk. So I believe we are left with a dangerous job, that employs a number of tools that carry their own risk and demand appropriate respect. Snatch blocks require some sort of disassembly/reassembly to deploy. That takes time, additional time in the hot zone. J-hooks present a similar risk of not "fully enclosing" the winch line, and worse, damage it, but are sometimes used to redirect a winch line. I believe my tool presents a vastly better solution to the frequent need of redirecting the winch line at a chain slot.
  2. I appreciate your hard sell attitude to new products. Praise feels good, but does not improve flaws. You have a valid concern. Specifically, there can be a problem when using the Key Block to roll a car over with the bed lowered to the ground. As the car goes up on its side, the winch line can start to approach the Key Block in an alarming angle threatening to walk off of the top of the sheave. However, raising the bed back up reduces this angle. I feel the Key Block does a great job of a select number of tasks and can replace the snatch block in those cases. But a snatch block will still be a required tool and as you point out, it is already on nearly every slideback. Regarding the other tools you cite, I'm aware of the Side Puller 2000/Jr. etc. but not the "chain lock cable pulley". Can you provide a link or source for that? Thanks for your comment.
  3. Hello: I've just developed and am promoting a new tool to perform sidepulls from the rear chain slots of a vehicle transport truck (slideback, rollback). The Key Block will replace the snatch block 90 percent of the time. You'll still want a snatch block to do true snatch work when compounding to pull really hard or from a tree or other anchor point. However, when doing any sidepull from the rear chain slots of a slideback's bed, the Key Block will become the tool of choice. Watch the video below and check out my website, KeyBlock.net. Then shoot me a message and let me know what you think. Thanks, Randy
  4. Hello: Randy Brutsche here. I'm the developer and promoter of a new tool, the Key Block, to perform side pulls from the rear chain slots of a vehicle transport truck (slideback, rollback). I drove a slideback in Phoenix, AZ, long enough to have a couple close calls from freeway traffic. While there, I struggled with the snatch block and thought there had to be a better way. Long story short, I developed what I call a Key Block. I'm on version #5 of the prototype, and I just had eight made, had two destroyed in certified testing facilities to establish the strength, and have five in the field being evaluated by slideback drivers at five independent towing companies. Check out my post in general equipment and shoot me a message. Thanks, Randy