Getting the Right Winch for Your Construction Job

If you have a construction project coming up, you will certainly need some pushing and pulling equipment to get the job done. Winches are some of the indispensable equipment which you should prioritise when doing your purchase. Since the purchase of winches is not a day-to-day, recurrent activity, but rather a once-in-a while assignment, it is understandable that you may find it tricky to get the right winch for your project. To help you out, below are some tips that look at the critical features in a winch and how they should influence your purchase. 

Weight Capacity This is arguably the most important factor that you should consider first before everything else. The weight capacity of your winch is a key determinant of its ability to handle various loads in your construction workspace. In coming up with the weight capacity rating, manufacturers combine the tensile strength of the line material with the mechanical capacity of the winch. As a rule of thumb, go for a winch with a weight capacity rating that is 1.5 times the weight of your load.

The Length of the Line The length of your winch line and the much it can handle are important metrics you must always have on record. The longer the line, the farther it can reach. However, since the maximum rated pull for any winch is at the end of the spool, a longer line means you will take a lot of time unrolling so that you can get the most out of your winch. The way out of this is to keep less line on your spool and spread the rest in readiness for your assignment. For a start, you can have 100 feet in the spool and the extra 50-foot or so outside.

The Line Speed A faster line speed means a shorter wait time as the cable unwinds or winds up. Most winches have faster line speeds, but under heavy loads, they tend to slow down. Load-free speeds differ significantly between brands and models. As you go for faster winding lines, ensure your battery and alternator can handle the load because such speeds come with higher amperage.

The Drivetrain The drivetrain is responsible for the transfer of power to the winch mechanism from the motor. There are three main types of drivetrains: worm gear, planetary gear, and spur gear. The most popular of these is the planetary gear largely because of its lightweight and inexpensive pricing. Other factors include the electrical work, mounting of the winch, and the type of winch motor in place.