Choosing the Right Electric Winch For Your Vehicle
Most likely, your winch is going to be used to pull your own vehicle out of some tough spots. Make sure that you find a winch that can pull not just your vehicle's weight, but also the weight that's included when it's loaded with food, gear, water, and fuel. Try to go to a scale to get this measured, but if that's not possible, try to make a good estimate and give yourself room for error If you neglect this, you might end up with a winch that's not powerful enough.
Don't forget to take into account the size and frame of your car when you're buying the winch as well. You can get the most heavy duty winch in the world, but if your vehicle's frame isn't strong enough to use all of that power. Instead of getting your 4x4 out of the mud and muck, you could end up with at detached bull bar if you're not careful.
You also much to think about the how you are going to be using the winch. Depending on the type of pulling that you're going to be doing, whether it's up steep rocks or just over simple mud puddles, you will want a line pull that matches. Most people will tell you that you need an actual line pull of at least twelve percent over your car's weight to make sure that you can get pulled out of most obstructions. However, if you plan on doing some aggressive off-roading, you may want more breathing room.
The length of line that you can fit on a winch is important as well. Whenever you're using a winch you only want about one wrap let on the spool because this is when the winch is strongest, but you want enough cable that you can pull farther if there are no available anchor points.