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Everything You Need to Know About Winches

Posted by Jeff SMITH on

Winches are used for vehicle recovery and towing. By having a winch, you can pull yourself out of trouble if you get stuck, or you can pull someone else out.

Pull Capacity Options: 

8,000 pounds: Ideal for 2-door Jeeps and lighter SUVs. 
10,000 pounds: Ideal for 1/2-ton pickups, 4-door Jeeps, and larger SUVs. 
12,000 pounds: Ideal for 3/4 and 1-ton pickups and all types of large frame rigs that require longer and heavier pulls. 

Steel Cable vs. Synthetic Rope

Steel Cable: Best used in highly abrasive terrains, such as in mud, rocks, and sand
Pros:
More durable. 
• Requires less maintenance than synthetic rope.


Cons:
• Steel may rust, requiring you to wear gloves when you operate it, to avoid sharp burrs. Lightly coat the line with WD-40 or chain oil to prevent rust. 
• Steel cables are heavier than synthetic rope. The rope may kink.

 

Synthetic Rope: Good for vehicles that are sensitive to weight
Pros:
• Lighter, higher breaking strength, more flexible.
• Safer to handle without gloves.
It can float, so it's good to use in mud or bodies of water.


Cons:
• It can hold water, so the rope may freeze in icy weather, or add weight. 
• May be weakened by UV exposure, chemicals, heat, and abrasion. However, this can be prevented with a protective anti-abrasion sleeve.
• Must be properly maintained by spooling it out and washing it from time to time, especially after using it in sand or mud.  

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