Winch,Cables,Drums,Brakes - What to Look For To Buy

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Winches are very helpful accessories to have if you own a Jeep, pickup truck, or ATV. The main benefit of having a winch is the ability to pull something very heavy that would otherwise require a team of strong men to move or carry. They are not only handy in mud, snow, and woods, but in the sand also. Some models are more advanced and come standard with bells and whistles (not literally) like remote controls and safety shields. But regardless of the extra features you may want, you need to make sure your winch has the drums, cables, and brakes to get the job done for you.
Winch Drums and Cables
If a chain is no stronger than its weakest link, then a winch is no stronger than its cable. Make sure you get one strong enough to meet your needs. Cables are required to be rated for strength and durability and manufacturers are required to indicate how big a load their winch cables are capable of pulling.
Cables can be used in single or double-line pulling applications. Some Cable winches pull up to 60 feet without unhooking and resetting as when using conventional lever or hand chain hoists. Most winches differ with pulling capacity, motors speeds and cable type. These warn winches are powered by strong motor, strong cables and great pulling capacity. It's never a bad idea to have some spare cable for your winch.
Winch Brakes
Most of your higher quality winches utilize a brake, which can usually be found within the wire rope drum. This brake controls the load that is applied to the winch. The brake will generate a fair amount of heat within the drum itself. However, this energy is dissipated to prevent the winch from overheating. Even though most winch brakes are very reliable, make sure you keep your hands clear of wire rope and fairlead opening during operation and when spooling to avoid injury.
When it comes to winches mounted onto trucks and ATVs, you'll generally see two types of braking systems: dynamic and mechanical. The mechanical brake is just like the parking brake in your car. It operates via friction and is relatively easy to install. A dynamic winch brake makes use of the resistance offered by the winch motor in order to prevent the drum from cranking and turning freely. It's a natural braking mechanism built into the winch. Between these two brakes, there will usually be plenty of power available to stop your winch on demand.
Winches Can Save Your Life
Whether you make your living with your truck or if you're an avid 4-wheel drive enthusiast, a good strong winch can come in very handy. It can help you pull an otherwise impossible load out of the wilderness with ease. It can also pull your truck or jeep out of a hole in an emergency situation. Make sure you get the winch and accessories that meet your needs before you buy.
Are you considering a winch for your ATV or pickup truck? Make sure you get one that has the right strength, capacity, and extra features you need to get your job done right.

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