Winch equipment, while strong and sturdy, still requires a high standard of care and maintenance to keep it functioning properly. Whether you’re using a winch on your construction project or for marine endeavours, keeping them in good condition is vital. This blog outlines the importance of winch maintenance and our favourite tips, to find out more information, keep on reading!
Routine maintenance is vital for you to get the most out of your winch. By regularly cleaning, inspecting and caring for your winch, you can keep it operating well for longer. Not to mention, you can massively reduce the risk of dangers and eliminate the likelihood of repairs.
Your winch can be at risk from a range of problems if it’s not properly maintained, such as:
- Battery strain
- Corrosion on internal and external components
- Electrical shortages
- Worn clutch
- Frayed ropes
Maintaining your winch is not only beneficial for the machinery, it also makes your winch equipment safer to use for anyone who may be operating it. These are some of our top tips for winch maintenance!
Preventative care methods might include:
- Checking cables for frayed areas or kinks (both before and after using the winch)
- Check that the cable is also free of debris and dirt, as well as dry and clean when operating. It should also be evenly spooled onto the drum after use.
- Check your electrical connections every few months and ensure they are clean or free from dirt.
- Check the mounting bolts to ensure they are secure.
- Regular cleaning, to remove dirt and debris can be done with a mild detergent and a soft brush.
- Use corrosion protection coats to protect your winch equipment from the elements.
- Use a lubricant for moving parts of your winch (drum and gears) as this will help your winch keep moving smoothly.
- It’s also important to store your winch in a safe and secure facility. It should be a dry and cool environment.
- When storing your winch, be sure to release tension on the cable to prevent unnecessary stress when your winch equipment is in storage.
- When using the winch, do not load beyond the winch’s load capacity, and check the guidelines so that you don’t damage your equipment.
If you’re looking for more advice on maintaining your winches and keeping them in tip top shape, feel free to contact us for more information. We also offer a wide range of winch hire and hoists to rent, so that you can find quality winch equipment that your project needs. Head to our website, or get in touch for more!