Created: June 29, 2020
Have you ever been stuck in the mud or in a bad situation while you’re on the trail. We all have, and you always have to use your winch. Well today we’re going to show you how to properly use your winch.
First, reach in and click your winch onto free spool so you can pull your rope out without having to winch it out. Just pull it out. If you have some dirt or debris on there it might be a little difficult.
As you can see, we have plenty of trees in front of us here. Not every situation is going to be the same, but we’re going to go to this tree right here.
We’re all guilty of it: we get our winch out, wrap it right around the tree, and hook it back to itself. This is a good way to break a winch rope. This is not the correct way to hook a winch up to pull your machine out. A lot of times you’ll end up breaking the rope and then you’re even more stuck than you already were.
So I’m going to grab a snatch block, a tree saver, and a clevis, and I’m going to show you the proper way to use a winch.
[01:11] We’re here at our tree, and I’m gonna grab a tree saver. That’s all it is right there—just a strap. Then we’ve got a snatch block. It has a pulley on it and it separates in two positions. The we have a clevis hook.
I like to go ahead and throw these in my pocket to have them ready to go. I’ll get the winch rope unclipped on off the tree here since this is not the right way to do this. We’ll take the tree saver and wrap it around the tree.
Now, if you’re trying to pull your machine up a hill, the higher you can get it the better. If you’re just pulling straight, you can put the tree saver in the middle or lower. It depends on what situation you’re in.
We’ll take one side of the tree saver and slide it through the other like that. Now grab our clevis hook and loop it right through so that the part where the pin goes is right out here. We’ll grab the snatch block and run our winch rope through the pulley here like that.
At this point, you should have your rope running through just like so. We’ll go back over here to our clevis and slide our pin through both holes in the snatch block and thread it in. Get this tight.
[03:11] So we’re all staged up on the tree now. With our winch in free spool mode, we’re going to pull the rope back to our machine. On our SuperATV heavy-duty winch ready bumper, we already have clevises. They come with the bumper and they’re awesome for using with a winch.
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Now if you look at our setup, we have our winch rope coming out of our winch, running to our snatch block, through the pulley, and then back to the machine. That doubles the strength of this winch. In this instance, if we had a 5000 lb. winch, you can 10,000 lb. of pulling capacity.
Now we’ll set the winch back to locked mode. Make sure it’s locked good. We’ll hop in the machine and we’ll winch in. If you watch how this works, it’s going to fee the rope right through the pulley. You can see it’s pulling our machine right towards it and if you listen to the winch, you can hear that it’s not straining.
So there you have it guys. That’s the proper way to use a winch. For more tips and tricks, be sure to check out our YouTube page.
Thanks for watching.