So you want a winch and you havea vehicle but you don’t know where to start when selecting the best winch.
When selecting a winch this will directly influence the rated line pull of the ideal winch for you. That’s not all, It’s hugely important to plan ahead for worst case scenarios as these are likely to put the most stress on your winch.
1. Start with the weight of your vehicle and multiply that figure by 1.5x. For example, a Land Rover Defender weighing 3000kg/6600lbs would require a base line pull figure of 4500kg/9920lbs.
2. Check how many passengers the vehicle can carry and add this to the base vehicle weight. For example an average, a two man off-road team would add a combined 150kg/330lbs
3. Consider any incline that the vehicle may face. The steeper the incline, the higher the pulling rate your winch will require (on top of the base vehicle weight and additional passengers/equipment)
4. Consider any terrain you may encounter. For example, deep water, ice, mud, thick vegetation. The more extreme the terrain, the higher the pulling rate your winch will require (on top of the base vehicle weight, additional passengers/equipment and incline allowance)
Once you have considered all of the above, you will reach the ideal minimum pulling rate for your winch.