Winching Safety Tips

A few tips and pointers for getting the most out of your winch and accessories

Next to the winch itself, the most important item to have on board is a pulley block. Pulley blocks can be used for doubling the power of your winch, and can be used for self recovery, direct pulling, and indirect pulling. All are shown in the following illustrations.

The anchor point (when used) must be a secure one such as a tree, another vehicle or other firm object. For direct vehicle recovery, attach the pulley block to the anchor point and then feed the wire rope out from the winch, through the block and back to an appropriate point of attachment on the vehicle such as a tow hook or the frame of the vehicle. This will effectively double your pulling capacity and greatly reduce the effort of the winch to get your vehicle recovered.

Direct load pulling of load (or other vehicle) using your vehicle as the anchor point and attaching the pulley block to the load.

Indirect pulling may be required because of obstacles or unpassable surfaces. The pulley block is attached to the load and the wire rope is attached to an anchor point offset from the direction in which the load is to be moved. Note that this procedure is not recommended unless necessary as winch pulling power and line speed will decrease as angle between the wire ropes increases.

Using a single-line winch capacity of 2000lbs., the capacity of the winch is effectively doubled using the double-line methods shown in figures 1-3. Winch capacity in figure above remains at 2000lbs. as this is still a single line application.

NEVER attach the winch cable back onto itself as shown below. Use of a nylon sling and shackle is strongly recommended to avoid damaging your wire rope and the tree

Use of heavy gloves while handling the wire rope will greatly reduce risk of cuts and scratches from burrs or sliver caused by broken strands of your wire rope.