There are many different types of winches available and it can be difficult trying to choose the right one for you. Read on to explore what a hydraulic winch actually is and how it works, so that you can make the best decision when choosing a winch.
Unlike electric winches, a hydraulic winch is powered by a hydraulic system. Due to its great power, it has the capacity to carry very heavy loads.
A hydraulic winch operates off the hydraulic system of a vehicle, in most cases, the power steering pump. The hydraulic winch does not require a powerful battery to operate and in most versions,will pull harder and longer than a comparably sized electrical winch.
Hydraulic winches are often used in mining, offshore oil and gas industries, and construction application. This is because electric power is not readily available in many applications, like on a ship. Hydraulic winches can also operate underwater.
Hydraulic winches can also be used for applications where the setting is deemed hazardous due to gas or dust.
If you are intending to use your winch in particularly rough conditions, it is best to choose a hydraulic winch, as it is more resilient and can withstand harsh environments.
Hydraulic winches offer a number of benefits to their electric counterparts, so it is useful to understand these benefits to make a more informed decision when choosing a winch.
- Ability to pull for longer periods than electric winches without overheating. Electric winches produce heat and draw enormous amounts of energy from a battery. As the winch encounters difficult pulling conditions, the motor can begin to overheat. The electric winch can lose power and actually begin damaging the winch motor, weakening the winch and making it less effective after every use
- Capable of operating while completely submerged in water, making it ideal for marine industry
- Hydraulic winches can provide more pulling power than electric winches
- Safety – hydraulic winches remove the risk of motor stalls which can occur with electric winches. Motor stalls creates a sense of danger due to the pressure as it is then placed on the wire cable when lifting
Our compact hydraulic winches range from 500kg to 4000kg, so you are sure to find a winch that suits your needs.
We also provide a range of other services, from winch hire to winch servicing, all carried out by our knowledgeable team.
If you would like to get in touch with a member of our helpful team, contact our Scotland branch at 01899 221 577 or phone 01371 859 555 for our team in Essex.