QUICK GUIDE TO USING A WINCH
Having a winch is the best insurance against getting stuck, especially when you are alone. There is nothing worse than waiting for hours for some help, or waiting even waiting the night, especially when the small investment of a winch would have you out of the mess in minutes. A winch is an offroader’s best friend and has so many uses when you are out camping and fishing.
Here is a look at some easy tricks to getting more out of your winch and keeping you on track to enjoy your outdoor adventure.
Stalling out is the number one killer of winches. If your winch motor stops turning, you’re guaranteed to burn out the motor at those contact points when you have all that current from your battery pumping into the winch motor. There is no reason not to work a winch motor hard. At the same time, you shouldn’t just crank away without paying attention. Ease your winch out gently and constantly reassess why your vehicle is not moving when you are stuck.
CAREFUL WITH ROPE
Rope has a lot of uses but can get frayed very easily when rubbing against rocks and trees. A piece of cardboard or clothing can be wrapped around rope when it is rubbing against something to stop it from being frayed.
Always keep a few wraps around the drum, I recommend at least 6, to keep the strength in your rope or cable. If you need extra length, go with a winch extension strap to avoid unspooling the entire way.
GIVE IT A BREAK
Just like any component under pressure, winches get hot and overheating will kill your winch. I always go with 1-minute use and 2 minutes rest.
KEEP A TIDY SPOOL
When the job is done, take the time to do a tidy respool of your rope or cable. There is nothing worse that getting a jammed cable or rope because you didn’t spend the time to do it properly. And that always happens when you need to use your winch the most.
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