How to Anchor a Winch

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Last Updated on June 24, 2022

When you own a winch, it doesn’t always occur to you that you can find yourself in a position where anchoring your winch is an issue because there isn’t anything to anchor to insight. It’s something that can happen on any given road because becoming stranded in your vehicle is never convenient. 

You might become stuck in a densely forested area, but the trees are far enough away that you won’t be able to tether your winch to them. Especially in the winter or for people who live in locations that are very snowy or sandy. 

That’s when you need to think about this major challenge you might face, even if you have a winch. In this article, we will talk about how to winch an anchor using various methods. 

6 Methods to Anchor a Winch

How to Anchor a Winch

1. Deadman Anchor 

Heavy metal, a spare tyre, a massive block of wood, or even a sand parachute could all be examples of the Deadman’s Anchor. One of these items is buried under the earth and utilized as an anchor to hoist your vehicle out using this approach.

You will need to think about the type of ground you’re stranded on in this situation. This is one of the most important factors to consider when winching in general. Soft ground, for example, requires you to dig much deeper and straight down, whereas hard ground requires you to work with shallow holes. 

Another example is sand, which has only half the power of ordinary soil. The strength of the Deadman’s anchor depends on the perpendicular area of the buried item.

A shovel should be kept in one’s vehicle at all times. So that if you’re in a scenario where you need to obtain the winch anchor, you may start digging for a Deadman’s anchor right away. As a result, the depth of the hole will be mostly determined by the vehicle’s weight and size, as well as how far within it is trapped. 

The anchor will be stronger the deeper the hole is dug. Its depth should be sufficient to cover an object the size of a vehicle’s tyre and rim. The next item on the list is to dig the hole parallel to the line of the stalled car and, if possible, as far away from the vehicle as possible so that the cable may achieve maximum draw power while in use. 

You may get a reasonable distance just by using the cable itself. Digging a near-perfect hole is always preferable to digging a second one after the first fails. You’ll need an object that’s both large and heavy for the anchor element of the Deadman’s anchor, such as a call log, your vehicle’s spare tyre, or a large boulder. 

Having a spare tyre is usually useful because it prevents you from going out seeking something large and carrying it the entire distance. And, because the tire’s size matches that of the vehicle’s tyres, and if it’s buried deep enough, you should be able to winch the vehicle out faster. 

Then you’ll hook a chain or your winch’s tree strap to the anchor and bury the log in the hole at an appropriate angle away from the vehicle. Keep in mind that the farther the anchor is from the vehicle, the more resistance there will be during the draw. 

Make sure the hole’s vacant sections are filled in so it can be snugly grasped in the ground. After that, connect the winch to the rope or chain to complete the vehicle extraction process. 

Also, for safety reasons, make sure to return everything to its original state and fill up the hole you excavated so that no accidents occur to anyone who uses these roads.

For a better understanding, we will get into the details of all the Deadman’s Anchors.

2. Deadman Earth Anchor(Sand Parachute) 

A dead man’s cover is buried face up in this approach, keeping his arms and legs out of the hole. This deadman should be used at a depth of at least two feet. The capacity of the Deadman is affected by the density of the soil. 

A deeper hole is advised if the soil is soft (such as sand). A shallower hole will suffice in hard soil. In comparison to 24′′ in soft sand, 18′′ in hard allows for a pulling capacity of up to 2500 lbs. We can also utilize a spare tyre to make an anchor if we don’t have any other ground anchors, as previously indicated. 

Unless we have a strap on hand, crowbars are the best tool for securing the cable behind the tyre in this way. You must bury the tyre deeply enough to prevent the winch from pulling it out of the earth.

3. Spare Tire Deadman Anchor 

We can also utilize a spare tyre to make an anchor if we don’t have any other ground anchors, as previously indicated. Unless we have a strap on hand, crowbars are the best tool for securing the cable behind the tyre in this way. You must bury the tyre deeply enough to prevent the winch from pulling it out of the earth.

4. Log Deadman Anchor

So, for heavier loads, the deadman made by using logs is the best one. Wood with a deadline coming out of its middle is buried to create this deadman. For this to work, the ground density and anchor pegs must be dug deep enough for the winch to grab onto them; otherwise, the winch will not work, posing a safety risk.

It would be most effective if this deadman dug in horizontally. You must guarantee that the standing part of the lines begins at the bottom of the deadman for the deadline to be appropriately attached to the center. When the winching begins, the log will not spin.

To prevent the deadline from being cut into the ground, place a small log at the trench’s outlet. The strength of this approach is determined by both the soil’s holding power and the strength of the log. 

Put stakes behind each other away from the line in the direction you want to pull to maximize the holding power of the anchor.

5. Winch Ground Anchor 

A Winch ground anchor is another option for securing your winch. These are strong anchors that function well in sand and snow. They can tow vehicles weighing up to 6000 pounds. Even though it may be folded into a conventional jacket, this one is easier to stow in your vehicle. This device can be installed both indoors and outside.

6. Pull-Pal Anchors

Since we are talking about buying anchors, Pull-Pal is a well-known maker of winch anchors. This company has been operating for the longest and offers a wide range of anchor alternatives. Their anchors can support cars weighing up to 12,000 pounds. 

The plough assembly on all of their anchors is made of Chromoly, and they are welded in addition to employing Grade 8 hardware. And, given the size of these anchors when deployed, when folded down, they are quite small. The smallest one folds down to 32″ x 7″ and weighs only 21 lbs. And the biggest one weighs roughly 49 pounds and folds down to 45″ x 7,” which is almost identical to the proportions of a Hi-Lift Jack! 

To attach to the Pull-Pals, there are also square or even round tube bumper mounts available. Construction businesses, farmers, and a variety of other professionals use Pull-Pals when they need a remote winch anchor in an area where there are no anchors. They are even used by the military. Pull-Pals are not just for off-road adventures. 

They are one of the most effective pieces of recovery equipment that have been demonstrated time and time again. They have been used to move buildings, travel jungles and deserts, and secure equipment in place, among other things. Pull-Pal comes in four different types to anchor vehicles of all sizes and weights. 

The model numbers appear to be the ratings of weight for some reason, but yet, they don’t correspond to the actual rated capacity of each Pull-Pal model. On each, we listed the weight rating, dimensions, and carry weight. 

You will see that there are just two different sizes of spade/plow. The non-spade elements of the Pull-Pal have been beefed up, which explains the strength differences across the variants.

So basically, this article covers the type of anchors you may have in case you are at a disadvantage with no anchors and vehicle stuck. There are anchors you can make by yourself or you may buy commercial anchors to get your job done. 

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Brian Silvestro is the founder and chief editor of OffroadersArena. He spends his free time tending to his BMW iX SUV and explaining its merits to anyone who'll listen.

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