A winch is a device that is used to haul heavy objects up or down. A manual winch consists of a power source, such as human power, and rope called the cable which are connected with a series of gears, with one end attached to the object being moved and the other end secured at some stable point on land.
A manual winch comes in multiple weight capacities so it is important to consider how much weight you are expecting to pull, other things to consider is if you need a brake installed on the winch, this is helpful when letting go of a load the brake automatically engages to stop the load from moving.
How does a winch work?
A winch is a mechanical device that has several different components, each with their own particular function. The most basic parts of the machine are:
Cable - Usually made from steel or synthetic material and wrapped around either an interior drum to prevent entanglement, or externally fastened to another object for pulling into position.
Drum - An exterior spool within the winch which allows it's circular shape (the "drum") to turn in one direction permitting winding process; while at the same time rotating opposite direction allowing unwinding process.
Motor - The motor turns the drum which allows the cable to begin wrapping around it.
Gears - The gear train takes power from the motor, converting this into pulling power which gives a winch its ability to tow heavy objects such as cars or boats with ease.
A winch can be either self-powered or powered by an outside source. A manual winch is operated using a hand crank, while electric and hydraulic power sources are often used in larger applications.
Prices of winches vary but a good starting priced of a manual winch is about $65 as you add weight capacity the pricing of a manual winch will increase. The same goes for an electric winch, our commercial grade electric winches start at around $400 and can go as high as $800 depending upon the amount of capacity needed.
Toolfetch carries a wide of array of winches, if you have questions about the best winch for you please give our sales team a call.