December 27, 2021
This submission comes to us from a customer covering our Shackle Block XL.
A hitch shackle block is the easiest way to add a safe recovery point to the back of your truck. All it takes is inserting the block and securing it a hitch pin - no bolts, no welding. There are plenty of options on the market, but I want to talk about what makes the Agency 6 shackle block different.
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You have the option to purchase the shackle block alone, or as a bundle with a hitch pin and D-ring. I have the latter option in the 2" variant and everything felt super solid out of the box. It is made in the U.S.A. out of U.S. certified 6061 T6 CNC aluminum and has a working load limit of 13,000lbs.
The bundled D-ring is unfortunately not made in the U.S.A. - however, it is still plenty strong at a 9,500lb rating. If this is a concern to you, feel free to purchase the shackle block alone and use your own D-ring of choice. The bundle kit also includes a standard, non-locking 5/8 hitch pin with a clip.
The Agency 6 block has a durable powder coat in a variety of colors for you to choose from, mine is earth grey. Before getting the Agency 6 block, I had a fairly basic all steel (not made in the U.S.A.) shackle block.
Compared to this, the Agency 6 block has a very industrial design and looks way better in my opinion. I'm a fan of the various angles and the attention to detail in the chamfered edge of the D-ring hole so it won't fray soft shackles. Comparing the weight of the two shackles, the Agency 6 shackle is way lighter. This is to be expected considering the Agency 6 one is aluminum. This is not at the expense of your working load limit, however. You can still have the confidence that this shackle block will not be a failure point in use.
I think the Agency 6 shackle block is awesome. It has that rugged, industrial look that I like and at a reasonable price. Aesthetically, it blows my old one out of the water and still retains the requirements needed to be functional.
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