Choosing a recovery winch

Which Winch Is For Me?

There are so many makes and models of winch available to buy, this can make it very difficult to know which one to choose.

There is a huge range in prices but generally speaking, an electric winch can be one of the biggest purchases many owners make after buying their Land Rover so getting it right is important.

The following information is given to help you purchase the correct winch for your particular vehicle and application.

You need to ask the following questions before making a decision –
> What voltage do I require?
> What weight am I pulling?
> What vehicle is the winch being fitted to?
> What length of pull is required?
> How often will the winch be used?
> Is there a gradient (eg ramps etc)?

If you are purchasing a winch for vehicle recovery, plant hire, transportation of loads we recommend you look at winches with capacities of 8,000lbs pull upwards. Likewise, if you recover animal carcases we would recommend a similar capacity winch.

For 4×4 vehicles, a mid-range winch will suit, i.e. 8,000lbs to 12,000lbs depending on the vehicle you are mounting the winch to.

For the leisure industry (boats, smaller caravans, low trailers etc) utility winches would be the most suitable i.e. 2,000lbs to 8,000lbs.

Remember that all winches are rated on the first layer of rope on the drum, therefore giving maximum load. When the drum is full of rope the winch has a reduced pulling capacity usually by around 20% per layer.

When purchasing a winch it is always worth considering buying in addition good quality essential recovery gear such as a snatch block. Snatch blocks allow you to use the winch on a double line, therefore, doubling the winch pulling capacity at half the speed. This gives you more power and control.

Note – Winches are NOT designed for lifting or moving people.

Vehicle recovery is part of driving off road. Preparing for the inevitable before setting off will guarantee a safe and enjoyable experience for you and your passengers. To ensure you are well prepared, make sure you have the appropriate safety and recovery gear and accessories to maximise the use of your winch. Make sure any accessories – from straps and rope to shackles and jacks are manufactured to the highest standards. Check them after each and every use for damage whether for recreational or commercial use, enabling you to safely maximise your winch use and ‘Get to where you want to go!’

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