How to Use a Winch Properly? – [Detailed Guide]

A detailed guide on how to use a winch properly.

Are you on the road often, maybe with friends or alone? A winch is a handy tool to have while on the road. And once you get one, it becomes of great importance to know, how to use the winch. A winch is handy and can save you in many situations when you may have gotten into a bit of a problem. Also, if you are on a group trip, always be the person who knows how to use the tools right. It can help you as well as your friends.

Ensuring that you know at least the basics of winching techniques is very important. Unsure usage can backfire and cost you more damage than what had been done. Also, it will then cost you a lot to repair. Therefore, make sure you are using the tool only if you know for sure, or else, don’t be shy to ask for some help. 

The first thing on How to Use a Winch Properly is Choosing the Correct Winch:

To start, calculate the line pull needed for the application of the tool. Calculation of this is easy. Just multiply the gross weight of the vehicle by 1.5, which should give you an approximation of which size of winch you should buy. However, remember that it’s the first rope, spiralled around the drum that will pull the max load. The additional layers deduct 10 percent from the line. 

Here are some tips while handling winches:

Make sure you always have gloves handy since the wire might have barbs that will cut through your skin. To avoid rope burn, it its best to have some heavy-duty gloves with you. 

Always make sure that you use the hook strap while pulling the fair lead and pull away from the end. Otherwise, your fingers might get into a bit of trouble. 

We recommend you carry clevis shackles since they will provide you with a safe way of connecting winches to the vehicles. Or you could always go for a winch kit; they usually have all the required materials and accessories that might be needed. 

The most important thing is to make sure that the battery can handle the additional load and try to take some time to make sense of the situation before jumping into action. 

Procedure for Rigging a Winch

While rigging a winch, make sure you always use a strap or steak. Wrapping a line around itself is the worst mistake you could make. The three primary lines that you could use are:

1. Single line

Make sure to pull the line to the anchor point and secure it with a strap. Also recommended, if possible, secure it with both a belt and a schakle as that will ensure more safety and balance the weight. After which, you will need to lock the clutch and then connect the remote with it. Make sure to put the line under tension after you are done. 

Once tight, remember to drape a towel or blanket on the line after it is tight enough. This helps to make a counteract if, in any case, the line breaks. After this, you can begin winching by using controlled, and shot pulls while operating the vehicle. 

2. Double line

If you want a double line, make sure to use a snatch block. A snatch block ensures that the pulling power increases over short distances. To use this, connect the snatch block to the anchor point, and then you need to draw the line around. Make sure to attach it securely to the vehicle. After which, you need to drape a towel or a blanket over the line after it’s tight enough. 

3. Triple line

Almos is the same as a double line, but a triple line will need two extra snatch blocks and two anchor points. Make sure to maintain a minimum of 90-degree line between the first anchor and the winch. Always make sure you double-check the operations. Remember to always begin winching operations with short controlled pulls when you are operating the vehicle. 

Before pulling the vehicle out, make sure that people have cleared the area. Someone standing behind the car can be seriously injured if, by any way, the line snaps. Also, do not get out of the car once you start using the winch remote. It is better to stay inside of the car the whole time.

While winching the car, make sure that you start slowly and do not rush through the process. Winching too fast makes the line vulnerable to snap. 

4. On Un-Rigging a Winch

So you have successfully managed to work your way through the winch, and your vehicle is out. So what now? It is equally important to know how to unrig a winch.

Firstly do not tamper with the d hook at first. Leave it as it is. We come for it at the end. Use the remote control that came with the winch and start rewinding it slowly. While holding the winch table while rewinding it, however, make sure the rope doesn’t slide through your hands, as that will cost you burns and lacerations. 

Ensure to unplug the winch and store the remote control in a dry place. Do not under any circumstance lose the remote. Always keep it in the same place as the one you can easily remember. 

To retrieve the shackle is the following process. You need to remove the pin from the shackle and make sure to slide it off of the loops of the protector. After which, you will need to reinsert the d shackle. Make sure you do not lose it and store it carefully. 

Winching can be quite the lifesaver when you find yourself suddenly stuck over some rocks or in mud. No matter the terrain, emergencies can occur anywhere. A winch will ensure that you don’t have any problem if you get stuck under any circumstances, as you will be able to pull yourself out. So make sure you are in practice with the basic winching techniques and have the confidence to perform the winching procedure.

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