Servicing & Transporting Your Machine
Your winch is an awesome tool.
A ‘winch’ is a pulling device, used for hauling or lifting, which uses rope, cable or chain to wind around a rotating drum. They are generally operated using a crank, motor or another power source.
Always use your winching equipment properly to ensure your safety and to have a minimal impact on the environment around you. Additionally, check the owner’s manual before using your winch to check it’s maximum weight capacity… this is very important - if the maximum weight is exceeded, the cable could snap.
Here’s how to use your winch like a pro:
- Practice using your winch with an experienced rider before using it in a real scenario.
- Inspect the winching gear before using it – look for frayed or damaged cables. If you find any, don’t use it and replace the cable.
- Wear leather gloves to protect your hands and never allow the cable to slide through your hands – even if you’re wearing gloves. Ever heard of rope burn? Well. This is a metal rope...
- Always make sure the winch is attached to a secure anchor (boulder, stump or tree will do the trick).
- If using a tree as your anchor, protect the tree base with a “trunk protector”, such as a tow strap looped around the tree and then attached to the winch cable, or you can purchase a purpose-made protector.
- Keep at least 5 feet of wire rope around the drum when in use.
- Keep the winch line straight between the winch and the anchor point.
- Check your owner’s manual for information about using your winch.
- Know the limitations and capabilities of your winch.
- Back your buddies up from the winch when using it. If the cable ever broke or snapped from the strain, any spectators could be badly injured by the rogue cable.