Are you fascinated to off-road driving? Have you ever worked in theater backstage or been a part of an action movie team? If you have, then you must have seen the use of a winch.
If you are interested in rough terrain driving, know that you’ll need it very soon. Therefore, you have to know its working component as well as the working process.
Winches can be hand controlled or electrically operated. Nowadays the latter is mostly in use. Following is the portrayal of how the winch functions and how to work with it.
Each of the part plays its respective role for a definitive winch work.
It’s usually a steel wire or a synthetic wire. The tension on it pulls your car to the safe surface.
An electric winch includes an electric motor. A magnet is responsible for the current generation. The whole mechanism relies upon the law that the two poles of a magnet repulse each other.
As a result, charge induces on these two poles. This resisting force also turns the winch.
An electrical framework is necessary to convey a considerable measure of charges.
It’s of solid cylindrical shape where the wires wrapped around. While pulling the object towards the anchor point, the cable winds back to the drum. I'll discuss the anchor point later.
Not every winch includes gears. They allow the winch to pull heavier loads. They are as simple as bike gears. An electrically operated small gear turns a much larger gear.
For winding up heavier weights, you can use winches with elliptical gears or worm gears. In elliptical assembly, the smaller gear goes around the larger one.
It results in making it easier to pull heavier weight. On the other hand, worm gears have a different system.
The power can be of AC or DC type. ATV winches are normally DC powered.
"AC" stands for Alternating Current. The AC powered winches need a wall outlet from where they get power. Their uses are limited.
In the case of a truck or other ordinary vehicle pulling, DC powered winches are enough.
“DC” stands for Direct Current. You may know batteries are the source of DC power. As winches don’t use a lot of power, you can hook it up to your vehicle battery.
Make sure that your car is off at that time. Otherwise, your winch may drain your battery completely.
Got the whole mechanism clearly? Now it’s time to know how to get your work done with it.
Let’s envision a circumstance. You were driving off roads when your car got stuck in a muddy soil. Now you have to take it on the safe land over a little slope. Following is the step by step guideline which you have to follow.
Choosing an anchor point is the first thing to do. It’s an object around which you’ll fasten the wire. Keep it in mind that it must be in a straight line connecting the recovery point. Recovery point refers to the point where your car's fallen in trouble.
An anchor point can be any stationary object. It’s better if you find natural objects like a big woody tree, an enormous rock and so on.
In case you don't find anything around you, you have to create one. Use another vehicle or a significantly covered tire as a stay point.
Furthermore, no second object should lie in between the recovery and anchor point.
It’s another key point. Select a route to which you desire to draw the wire line. It’s a V-shaped line starting from the winch to anchor point and ends at the recovery point.
Use another vehicle from where you’ll be operating the winch.
Connect it to the designated port. Stretch the remote cord in a safe route inside the vehicle. It diminishes the risk that, the cord doesn't split.
Now by using the remote, release some cable and pull it towards the anchor point. Watch out if there is any trunk, branches or other obstructions through the line.
If any, remove it immediately.Your cable shouldn't tangle with them.
It can be a metal chain. Connect one end to your car. Then loop the other end around the anchor point at the lowest possible portion.
Now pull the vehicle backward so that it creates a slight tension on the line. Remember, the pulling should be in a straight line, not at an angle.
If the whole arrangement looks great, then start winching. Tow the cable back to the winch using the remote control. Get someone inside your car to run its engine.
Continue towing until it’s on a plain surface and able to run on its engine power.
Things To Be Noted
Following are the things you need to take care of while working.
It may seem overwhelming to use a winch with too many technical words. But let me guarantee you, it’s not really.
Obviously, it’s not as easy as to run a lawn roller in your yard. But it's neither a mammoth task. All you need is to know the science behind it and the process and just work accordingly. I think this article serves you this purpose appropriately.
Also, owning a machine doesn't make you an expert unless you know how to work with it. Again, you can’t ride a bicycle simply knowing,
how to ride on it. You have to apply the book knowledge in practical. Just give a trial with your winch today so that you can use it at the time you need.