5 Essential Steps When Operating a Recovery Winch
Naturally, having a recovery winch to hand is the first step when it comes to being safer in an area that often requires recovery – however, until you know how to use it, it may as well be an industrial ornament. Making sure that you’re 100% prepared in the case of an emergency is of paramount importance, so here at Super Power Winches, we’re offering our 5 essential steps:
Used haphazardly, a winch can quite literally mean the difference between life and death. It isn’t only the person who’s in need of recovery who can be injured – the person operating it and those surrounding can also be hurt, if the equipment is poorly set up.
For example, if a winch is set up for potential failure, there can be the danger of a wire snapping and hitting somebody in the face. Ensure that people keep a good distance from the equipment and that one person is in charge of it at all times, wearing gloves and paying consistent attention.
Remote Control and Hook
Ensure that the winch’s remote is attached to its designated point, before routing the line in a manner that makes sure that it isn’t jeopardised by any hazards surrounding that could pinch it.
Once the remote is all sorted, you need to remove the recovery winch hook from its anchor point, by unwinding a couple of feet of line.
Arguably one of the most important steps – if not the most – as if done unsuccessfully, you’ll get no traction with your vehicle recovery. You must ensure that the anchor point is pointing in a straight line from the stuck vehicle. Whether you attach the winch to another vehicle or a nearby tree – all depending on preference, circumstance and the equipment in question.
Now you need to adjust the winch itself to disengage the clutch, pulling the winch wire towards the anchor’s point. Then wrap a strap or winch chain around the object in question, at the lowest point possible. Make sure you don’t tighten the hold too much, as you’ll never remove the knot!
Wind the winch line of your recovery winch back in until you start to see a slight tension. At this point, we’d suggest that you check again that nobody else is in the potential firing line of the winch itself – this is where it gets crucial. For full protection, some recommend covering the taut line with a blanket or some kind of fabric that would break the force.
Now you’re ready for the main event – winching! You must gradually spool the recovery winch’s cable back in with the remote control, being careful not to jump too quickly, as you may cause damage to the item being towed.
If you’re looking for a recovery winch for your own use or that of your business, contact us today here at Super Power Winch, where we can offer you recommendations and up to date prices on the winches we have available here.