Winches have been assisting humans in many kinds of works for millennia. They’re so old, ancient Greeks used those to lift heavy things, hoist bridges and in major architectural tasks. This old-school technology continues to be more than useful, especially when your automobile is stuck.
Most people do not go around brooding about towing winches, or winches in any respect. However, if you ever need one, you will be glad if one is around.
A winch could be a mechanism that winds the wire around a drum while always keeping a gradual tension on the cable wire. Towing winches are a kind of towing instrument that is powerful enough to drag cars and trucks.
On tow trucks, a towing winch will pull cars onto the towing platform. If it is a platform motortruck, or up into the towing sling if it is a drag-style motortruck. Professional off-roaders use winches to drag themselves out of deep mud.
How is Winch Made?
So, how a winch is made? A winch is made up of a number of different components, each with one purpose to help in a broader goal.
The main components are:
A CABLE: Probably a steel wire or synthetic cable, which will be covered around a drum to avoid entanglement. The wire/cable can be from 40 to 100 ft in length.
A DRUM: A drum is round shaped and allows the cable to be nicely twisted around it. A spool within the winch allows the drum to turn in a round motion, winding the wire/cable in or out.
A Motor: The motor powers the drum to turn such that it can pull in and cover the cable around itself. While all winches don’t have a motor, most vehicle winches are electric and have a motor unit to accelerate things up significantly.
A GEAR TRAIN: This part takes the energy from the motor and then converts it into pulling power, That provides the winch the capability to pull in any kind of heavy material.
These pieces come together to help make the winch work perfectly. The cable wire is pulled out and mounted on the object you want to pull.
You should note that there are different kinds of winches. And depending on the weight of the vehicle, you will have to find your winch as you need.
Some winches can only manage up to 500 pounds, but others can handle a lot more than that. Basic winches can be purchased from online for only about $100. Obviously, it all depends on how much durable the winch is, how much weight it has and what you would be using it for.
How does winch work?
Mechanics of the Winch
A winch can be used in various ways, but they are mainly used on the front side bumper of off-road vehicles such as four-wheel-drive trucks and SUVs. They could also be found on trailers to help pulling the boats or ATVs. It really a motor-driven product which has a spool of cable wire or rope.
Some winches use a 12-volt motor to power them, while some use hydraulic fluid from power steering unit. Most of the time the latter is found in military applications. Their biggest con is that the vehicle has to actually be running for the winch to work, while an electric winch will work as long as its battery has power. Once the winch is turning, it rotates the spool. Which either sends the winch wire cable in or out, with regards to the direction chosen.
The main reason you should have a winch on a vehicle is to aid in recovering it when the vehicle becomes stuck such as in mud or sand. The winch wire cable is spooled out of the winch then connected to another vehicle or something stable via a large clevis hook on the end of the cable.
The winch is then placed into gear using a switch on its body. Once the power is applied, the wire cable is pulled towards the vehicle and spooled onto the winch, effectively getting the vehicle unstuck.
Safety and Things to Know
When purchasing a winch it is good to know the weight of the vehicle it will be installed on. Because different winches are rated for different weight load limits. For instance, it is not a smart idea to put a winch with a 5,000-lb maximum pull rating on a 5,000-lb vehicle.
Because if the vehicle is stuck in mud or sand, it will effectively weigh much more than it’s original weight. The best idea is to aim for 1½ the vehicle weight for the pull rating of the winch. A vehicle weight’s 5,000-lb should be fine with an 8,000-lb winch. You should always wear gloves when you grab steel winch wire cable because it may fray and can easily cut a hand.
Placing a heavy jacket or other soft weight in the middle of the winch line when pulling the vehicle is a good idea. Because if the wire cable snaps, it can release a whole lot of energy at once and snap violently. A weight can transfer that huge energy to the ground and make it safer for everyone around the winch.
Also, it is a smart idea to pull for only 30 seconds at a time with an electric model winch. So that the motor does not get too hot and burn up. A hydraulic winch will not experience this. They have a 100 percent pull cycle. With an electric winch model, you should pull for 30 seconds and then wait for a minute. Then repeat the process until the vehicle is free.