How To Use A Hand Winch

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Last Updated on June 24, 2022

Winching is all about having an extra muscle (a strong one to be clear) by your side when you are dealing with heavy loads. Without a winch, that load would have been simply too much for your bare hands to handle. But when you own a winch, that heavy load becomes a child’s play for you.

There are different types of winches available in the market and each of them has its own set of features that makes them unique from the rest. Hand winch is one of them and probably the simplest one among them as per its functionality. A hand winch is very easy to operate, and it’s used for various pulling jobs nowadays.

Using a Hand Winch – 3 Steps

How To Use A Hand Winch

Compact and portability are the best features of a hand winch. It can be conveniently placed to assist in the movement or lifting of heavy goods. When a hand winch pulls a load, it uses a ratcheting crank or lever to help with winding the cable back onto the cable spool. When pulling a load, the ratchet avoids kickbacks.

If you correctly use the hand winch, then you will get a mechanical advantage from the winch. It will enable you to deal with heavier loads at ease. Here’s how you should use a hand winch.

Step 1

The first thing you need to do is find an anchoring point for winching. You can use a tree, a steel post, or anything strong enough to not break under the pressure from the load. Now wrap the tree trunk protector around the anchor point. Tree trunk protectors are usually included with all winches (you can use a steel chain or an anchor strap around that anchor point if you don’t have tree trunk protectors).

After that, you have to attach the D-ring shackle to the tree trunk protector. The protector will have two loops and you have to hook the shackle through those loops. You have to tighten it, but it should never be overtightened.

Step 2

Start unlocking the cable spool ratchet of your winch and pull out the cable. The next thing you have to do is attach the hook of that cable to the object you are about to move. Try to keep the cable on the lower section of the object to get a strong pull. Now the cable spool ratchet needs to be relocked.

Once the connection part is over, check the attachments thoroughly at both the load and anchor end. Make sure they’re connected correctly and securely so that they don’t come apart during winching. If everything’s alright, then go ahead with the winching process.

Step 3

Now all you have to do is use the lever to pull the load. As soon as you start pulling, the cable will start coming back on the cable spool and the object will come closer and closer. Once the load is back into your desired position, stop working the winch. 

Finally, lose the winch cable to release tension and unhook the winch. Manually rewind the extra winch cable back into the cable spool. Remove all the attachments and keep everything in their place.

And that’s the procedure of “How To Use A Hand Winch”.

Wrapping Up

I hope this guide has everything you are looking for. If all of your questions regarding this topic haven’t been answered in this article, then please let me know in the comment section. It will be my pleasure to answer each one of them for you!

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About the Author: Brian Silvestro

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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