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Buying and installing a winch is one thing, knowing how to use it safely is another. Winching isn’t difficult, but it can be dangerous if you do not know how to do it correctly. Before you attempt to use your new winch, make sure that you understand these safety precautions:
Any winch that you buy comes with an installation and operation manual. If you choose to install the winch yourself, be sure to follow the instructions to the letter. Take time to read the operations section of the manual before operating your winch. The instruction manual will outline safe operating practices that must be followed. If you have questions after reading the manual, contact the manufacturer for answers and clarification.
After you've read the manual, practice using the winch. When a situation presents itself that requires the use of your winch, it will undoubtedly be a high-stress event. Don't count on being able to remember what you've read when you have adrenaline coursing through your body. Sit with your operator's manual and practice using the winch as is outlined. Practice several times until you can operate the winch in a safe manner.
Before you use the winch for the first time, take care to stretch the wire rope properly. According to ATV experts, stretching the rope ahead of time reduces the likelihood of wire failure when pulling. When using the wire rope to pull, leave at least one layer on the drum. One layer is equal to approximately five wraps. Over-extending the wire rope can cause it to pull away from the drum, rendering it useless.
How you operate the clutch can make the difference between smooth operation and a terrible accident. Once you have disengaged the clutch, make sure that it is full disengaged. Never engage the clutch when the winch is in operation, and never disengage when the wire rope is taut. Make a note of proper clutch operation and keep it nearby until you are used to using your winch the right way.
Using the winch can drain your battery quickly. Make note of your battery's charge both before and after winch operation. If using the winch drains your battery, you may want to consider an upgrade. Pulling your ATV out of a tight spot won't make a bit of difference if you don't have enough juice to make it back to your vehicle. Think about your battery's power capabilities when choosing a winch. Keep in mind that you may be required to spend money on both a winch and a battery that is capable of operating it efficiently.
Winches are a fantastic addition to any ATV used for off-roading and trail riding. If you don't know how to use your winch correctly, it can also be a very dangerous addition. Take the time to learn how to use your winch the right way to ensure that it is the useful tool it was designed to be.