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Quad Trailer

What To Know About An ATV Winch

You've got the ATV, the trailer and the accessories, but you forgot all about an ATV
winch
. Why do you want to put a winch on your quad? Consider this. ATVing can be loads of fun, especially if you are fortunate enough to find lots of mud or loose sand to play in. But what do you do if you or someone gets stuck? How are you going to get out when pushing, pulling and cursing at your ATV doesn't do the trick?

That's where an ATV winch comes in handy and is an accessory that you won't want to do without. Having an ATV winch attached to the rear end of your machine will come in handy some day, you can guarantee it. Can a winch pull you out of a quagmire? You bet! A winch can pull up to three thousand pounds, which is more than you can say for two or three guys huffing and puffing knee deep in mud trying to do the same thing.

How does an ATV winch work? It pulls power off your quad battery, which provides electricity to turn the drum your cable is wrapped around. Pretty simple, really, but a powerful tool when it comes to insuring safety and loads of fun on your ATVing excursions.

Keep in mind that you don't have to attach an ATV winch to the back of your machine, but can carry it in a compartment on your quad for easy storage, Just remember that if you get stuck, you will have to anchor your winch to an object sturdy enough to resist the pull while trying to extricate another quad out of the mud, sand or water you find yourself stuck in. If your anchor doesn't hold, you won't be going anywhere.

Once you have your ATV winch attached to something solid, disengage the clutch and begin pulling your cable from the drum. This is also called spooling, and is much like pulling fishing wire out of the reel on your favorite fishing rod.

Never wrap your winch cable around something and then attach the cable hook to that because the cable may be damaged. Once you've attached the hook to the stuck quad, engage the clutch on the winch and then stand back, as a snapped cable can cause severe injuries.

Restart the ATV, make sure your brakes are locked, wheels are blocked and then slowly allow the cable to pull out the stranded machine. Keep your engine revved at about medium speed, as using an ATV winch pulls a lot of juice from the battery and you don't want to stall. A way to avoid this danger is to install a more powerful battery than comes from the manufacturer.

An ATV winch is a powerful and necessary accessory to your ATVing equipment, but many people don't bother with purchasing one, which makes for many ruined trips, especially in wintertime. Do yourself, and your friends, a favor and make sure that a winch is on the top of necessary items to carry on or in your quad.

20--Double Your Winch Power

An electric winch is a powerful recovery tool.Used correctly,it provides massive amounts of power to pull out your ATV or truck. With the right tools and rigging, you can pull up to two or even three times the maximum rating of your winch.The key to maximum power is knowing how to use your recovery equipment to its full potential.With these recovery tips,you'll be winching your way out of even the toughest spots just like the pros.

For starters, let's focus on rigging up a single line pull.Whenever possible,choose an anchor point directly in line with the stuck vehicle.A straight line pull is more efficient than an indirect pull.If the only option is to winch at an angle,use a snatch block to guide the cable directly into the winch and prevent it from stacking up on one side of the drum.Attach the cable as low as possible on the anchor point for the best leverage. The base of a tree,stump,or rock is generally the strongest point.

If you want to double the power of your winch,or if the anchor point is too close to let out enough cable for a strong pull,use a snatch block to double the line.Using a snatch block will double your load capacity and will allow you to spool out more cable to reach the maximum rating of your winch. For even more power, you can rig up a triple line pull. However, use caution with double and triple lines.As the strength of the pull increases, so does the amount of stress placed on each rigging point.Make sure your anchor point is rock solid and can withstand the force of the pull.

The length of cable you spool out also affects the power of the pull.All electric winches are rated based on only one full wrap left on the drum. The less line you reel out, the less power you'll get. For a maximum power pull, unwind enough cable to leave only one layer on the drum. If your anchor point is too close to spool out enough rope,double the line with a snatch block.

Another trick to squeeze the most power out of your winch is to gas the stuck vehicle. A rolling load fuels the momentum of the pull and eases the strain on your winch. Before starting the recovery,dig out around the tires or build a rock ramp to give the stuck vehicle some traction as it begins to move.

As your winch works harder, it generates more heat.In order to prevent overheating the motor,take breaks if you're pulling over a long distance and let the motor cool before starting again. Winching places a heavy load on your electrical system, so keep your engine running to prevent a complete drain.In some cases, a stock battery may not provide enough juice to power a maximum pull.Some wheelers swap the stock battery for a heavy duty one, or they install a second battery solely for recovery.

Your winch has incredible potential if you know how to get the most power out of it. With these advanced winching techniques, you'll have a few more tricks up your sleeve when the pulling gets tough.

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