If you like to take your truck, Jeep, ATV or side x side out on the trails, it is a good idea to have a winch with you just in case. Selecting the best winch now will save you the headache when you will need it out in the wilderness. Even though doing all the research and going through all of available options may take a ton of time, it will pay off when you need it the most.
Electric Winch V. Hydraulic WinchDetermining what type of winch will best suite your needs is one of the hardest questions. You need to compare between an electric or hydraulic winch.
What Size Winch?The size of the winch you need depends on what you will be needing to get unstuck. If you are looking to free up a truck or a Jeep, simply take the vehicle's gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) and multiply that number by 1.5.
Example: If you are looking to outfit your Wrangler with a winch and the GVWR of the Wrangler is roughly 5,000 lbs, that would put the minimum capacity at 7,5000 lbs. So look for at least a 7,500 - 8,000 lbs winch.
Wrap/LayerNo matter if you are running a hydraulic or electric winch, there will be a point when the max pulling power is tested. The max pull rating of every winch is measured on the innermost wrap of line around the drum. The first wrap delivers the most leverage and greatest mechanical advantage. Each time another layer of winch line is made, the overall gearing grows taller and reduces pulling power. The more layers that are on the drum, the less each outer layer's load capacity reduces the leverage factor. For most of the heavy duty model winches, the effective pulling power is cut by roughly 15% - 20% per layer (depending on the winch make and model).
PowersportsIn selecting a winch, you can choose between a wire and synthetic rope. Synthetic rope is lightweight, can be handled easy and is great for use in muddy situations. Wire rope is better for utility tasks and winching in abrasive situations.
|Type Of Powersport||Winch Size|
|Small ATV (Under 300cc)||1,500 lbs|
|Large ATV (300cc Or More)||2,500 lbs|
|Largest ATV||3,000 lbs|
|Side x Side||4,000 lbs|