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Winching 101: Basic Use & Safety

Posted in How To on April 1, 2010
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Now that you have a fancy new winch bolted to the front your 4x4, you need to know the ins and outs of safe use. As cool and trick as they look, recovery winches are easy to use, but they aren't toys and can be extremely dangerous.

Using a winch is fun and could help you get the most out of your 4x4 by letting you to take it places you couldn't go without it. But as simple as they are to use, winches can cause severe bodily injury, including the loss of fingers, hands, and eyes and even death. We know that's a harsh description of the consequences, but they can happen if you don't take precautions.

1. The basic operations of a winch are controlled by remote. The remote allows you to spool the rope/cable in and out by controlling the rotation of the winch drum. Remote leads are long enough so the winch can be operated from the driver seat or from a safe distance outside the vehicle.

Common sense, experience, and manufacturer recommendations offer a number of basic rules for safe winch operation. Follow along long as we walk through a few basic tips.

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