We have a range of high quality winches here at Lifting Gear Direct. As with many of the categories of products that we stock, we have a number of different items, each offering their own benefits and unique features. For that reason, here we have laid out a general guide to winches which will help you decide which is the right one for your business.

What are winches?

A winch is loosely described as a ”machine that lifts heavy objects by turning a chain or rope around a tube-shaped device.” This is a good definition to describe the equipment, but of course there are many different types and varieties on the market.

Some winches can be mounted in different places, while others are more useful for towing operations rather than pulling. And each winch can be operated in a different way, and with different strengths too. So how do you decide between them?

The type of application you need to complete

The tasks that winches can complete can be easily divided into two general categories. These are lifting and lowering tasks, or pulling and tensioning tasks. For example, perhaps you simply need to lift and lower a load within a warehouse. Or maybe you need to pull a tree stump out of the ground; a common task within the forestry industry.

Choosing a winch for your business

 

A winch can be used to pull tree stumps out of the ground

While most winches are capable at performing both tasks, some are better suited than others. Cable pullers are suitable equipment for all applications, while wire rope winches are more advantageous when it comes to pulling and tensioning operations.

Manual, electric or pneumatic

Another factor you’ll want to consider is how you wish to operate your winch. There are three main ways to do this; manually using your worker, pneumatically using air, or electrically using a power supply.

Generally, manual winches will be less expensive than their counterparts, but will also place a greater strain on your workers. But, they are the best choice should you not have room for an air unit or a power supply.

How you wish to mount your winch

Another way in which winches operate in different ways is how they are mounted. They can be column, floor or base and wall mounted. It’s not necessarily about choosing one type of mounting over the other based on benefits, but more just how you wish to conduct operations. Although, of course, wall mounted equipment is a great way to make use of the space within your worksite.

Need more help deciding?

If you’re still unsure which is the right winch for your business, then no problem, that’s what we’re here for! We have plenty of experience within the industry and with working with a range of different sectors, so we are more than able to find suitable equipment for you. Please either give us a call on 01384 76961 or get in contact with us here.

 

 

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