If you’re looking to shift a heavy vehicle like a car or a boat, there are many winches you can use to achieve your goal. One of the more effective types of winch that’s highly versatile is a heavy-duty hand winch. Hand winches boast many benefits that one might not expect. Below you can find just a few of the reasons why a hand winch might be the right choice for your needs.
Hand winches are like bicycles because the only fuel you need is muscle power, and you can get the job done! That said, the can be tiring for the uninitiated to operate. Nonetheless, a hand winch is a very useful backup to a power winch and essential kit for solo-vehicle, off the beaten track travellers.
All the parts of a hand winch are easy to clean, replace and repair. That makes it nicer on your wallet than having to visit the mechanic every time something goes wrong with your power winch. Hand winches are also compatible with most vehicles that have recovery points or receiver hitches
Most of them come with built-in safety cutouts that prevent you from tearing apart the cable when the maximum load is reached. That’s an important feature, especially if you’re working in limited space around buildings for example. For some people though, the only thing they might need at times is pure brute force!
Manual winches are simple to use and require minimal maintenance effort. Because there is no need for electrical external power, a hand winch is light and portable. There’s a belief that hand winches are only used to pull and should never be lifted with, but that’s not true. Hand winches are excellent tools to hoist, lift and transport loads. Operator safety is increased when working at height with a hand winch because there’s no need for external power (a cable hoist) that could potentially fail. Under severe conditions, it might be necessary to use them in confined spaces.
A manual winch is an excellent tool for rescues too. The most common use of these types of machines comes in the form of boat or vehicle recoveries where they can save time and effort compared to other methods currently available. Hiring equipment alone costs hundreds of dollars per hour, so there’s a significant saving potential here if you have a good quality hand-operated machine on site already! Please note, there are many different models to choose from on the market, but it’s important to note that some variations may not be suitable for use in work situations where your life or other people’s lives could depend on them working flawlessly at all times.
Remember that while these units might look like toys, they’re designed for heavy-duty tasks and should only be used by professionals who understand how to use them properly!