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All About Winches

Aug 18, 2007
Got a car suitable for traveling over rough terrain? Then water sport is a true adventure for you. The sport is a wonderful opportunity for you to show off your driving and winching skills to a whole bunch of people. But are you ready to winch or be winched out of those bog holes in the playground? You'd better read all the things you need to know about different winches which could be very useful for you and your friends.

Electrical Winches

Powered by a double-battery system, this will be very advantageous for you. Although it gets its power from the battery of the vehicle, it also gets power from a deep-cycle type of battery that operates on its own. Thus, this kind of winch will never affect your engine's function, radio, lights, etc.

Mechanical Winches

There are two types of mechanical winches. It can be either drum or capstan. The drum type's power is drawn from the car's engine carried to the winch through a shaft. This type tends to have greater power than electrical winches because it works well if and only if the car engine is working well. Meanwhile, capstan's power relies on the vehicle's engine still but is carried directly using a dog clutch locked in the crankshaft pulley. Just like the drum type, a capstan works while the engine is working. But to effectively put the capstan into use, you must have the necessary skills in using it. You must also choose the right rope with the right diameter so that the slip will be minimized and the rope won't get caught by itself for it will lead to a very dangerous consequence.

Hydraulic Drum Winch

From the name itself, this winch gets its power from a hydraulic pump with the help of the car's engine. The winch is driven using a hydro motor. Aside from its high power, the advantage of the hydraulic type includes not being affected even if it's submerged into water.

Motorized, Portable, Mechanical Drum Winch

This kind of winch is uncommon; however it has a very fascinating system to boot. Unlike the usual winch where the vehicle's engine is used, the engine powers of a chain saw are utilized supplying power to a little drum winch. However, this type can be very noisy.

Hand-operated, Mechanical Wire Rope Winch

This type won't need your car's engine. However, it needs users to exert physical strength when dealing with it. It's definitely not made for fragile hands.
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