Tips & Tricks for Your Truck Winch
If you want to look like you're ready for off-road adventure, one of the ways you can advertise that is with a winch on your 4x4 truck. But it's not just about looking good. It's also about getting things done. You can pull out those shrubs in the front yard, or get yourself or your friends out of trouble much more easily when you have a winch and the know-how to use it. If you're not sure about all the ways you can use your winch, though, you could be missing out on a lot of things that will help you get the most from your off-road experience. Here are some of the most important tips to remember when using your winch.
Always Stand to the Side
It's very dangerous to stand right in line or over the wire rope that's being used on your winch. That rope is under a lot of tension when the winch is in use, and if the rope breaks you could be right in line to be seriously injured or even worse. You need to operate your winch as safely as possible at all times, and among the best ways to do that is to stand to the side so you won't be in harm's way if something should go wrong. Using a winch still poses a risk, but not nearly as serious of one as you would have if you were standing in the winch rope's way if it failed.
Make Sure the Rope is Winding Evenly
It's very important that the wire rope winds evenly on the drum. If it's uneven it can create what's called a shock load, which can damage the winch and cause the rope to break. Not only is a broken rope frustrating, but it can also be dangerous. The damage to the winch drum and motor can be significant, too, and can be expensive. You may need to replace the winch, so you want to avoid uneven winding on the drum, and the chance for the wire rope to slip off the layer it's winding on during operation.
Know the Capacity of Your Winch
You shouldn't try to pull more than your winch is rated for, but if you need more than your winch's capacity, there are options. One of those is a snatch block. This gives you a bigger mechanical advantage and can help you pull more than the winch's rated capacity. You need a block that's both grooved and sized for the rope you use, though, or you'll end up destroying the block and the winch rope. It's not really something you can improvise in the moment, and it's better if you're sure about the specs before you ever need it. It can be very unsafe to use a snatch block because of the load on the winch, so be aware that you could pull the winch right off the truck or break the rope, even with safety precautions.
When you want to do more with your winch, contact Bodacious Diesel and let us help you get your 4x4 off-road ready today!