Tuesday Tips - What To Consider When Choosing an ATV/UTV Winch
Many people don’t realize how necessary a winch is until they find themselves in a situation where one would be extremely useful. There are a few things to consider when choosing an ATV or UTV winch. Two of these are the winch’s size as well as its type of rope.
Typically, the size of the winch needed for your vehicle is determined by your vehicle’s weight gross. The vehicle’s weight is comprised of its base weight as well as the passenger(s), fluid and cargo weight. The gross weight can be found online or in the vehicle’s instructions manual.
A general rule of thumb when it comes to the winch’s weight is to take the vehicle’s weight and multiply it by 1.5. However, you cannot go wrong by picking a winch that’s weight is more than your vehicle’s gross weight x 1.5 as you may find yourself in situations where a heavier weight will come in handy.
When it comes to the type of rope, there are steel ropes or synthetic ropes.
Advantage: affordable, durable and easy to maintain.
Disadvantage: it is possible that it may be too heavy for your rig’s front.
Ideal use: in highly abrasive terrains - sand, mud, and rocks.
Caution: wear heavy gloves while handling rope to protect hands against accidental cuts.
Advantage: safer, flexible, lighter and easier to use than a steel cable. No need for gloves while handling the synthetic rope.
Disadvantage: susceptible to Chemicals, UV exposure, heat and abrasion.
Ideal use: trail and recovery winches.
Caution: proper care and maintenance is required. The synthetic rope must be washed occasionally after use in sand or muddy conditions.