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A Buyer’s Guide to Wire Rope Winches

by Wendy - 1 July 2021

Wire rope winches are highly useful especially for lifting and pulling heavy objects. Portable varieties are generally lightweight, versatile, compact, reliable, and sturdy and can be used in a wide variety of jobs.

Wire rope winches are highly useful especially for lifting and pulling heavy objects. Portable varieties are generally lightweight, versatile, compact, reliable, and sturdy and can be used in a wide variety of jobs including:

• loading logs
• rigging staging curtains
• plant maintenance
• handling warehouse loads
• hauling fallen trees
• engine lifting
• loading
• unloading
• cargo stowing
• vehicle recovery
• boiler positioning
• shipping of dinghies
• withdrawing props
• moving ships
• removing stumps
• cable tensioning
• shunting wagons
• steel alignment
• demolition
• erecting transmission towers

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Two Main Types of Wire Rope Winches

There are two main types of wire rope winches: power-operated and manual/hand-operated. Different models of power-operated winches are most commonly powered by direct electricity, petrol, in-built battery or even car batteries while hand-operated winches are powered by human energy as the name suggests.

Hand-operated or manual wire rope winches are used by turning the ratcheting lever or crank to either pull or lift a load. When the cable is wound onto the spool, the winch pulls in the load. When the cable is wound out, it lets the load move away.

What to Consider When Buying a Wire Rope Winch

If you need a wire rope winch, which can be used for personal or professional use, the following tips can help you make the right decision:

1. Check out the features of the wire rope winch. An ideal wire rope winch is powerful yet lightweight and sturdy yet easy to operate. It should be equipped with safety devices to ensure safe operation.
2. If you're choosing a hand-operated wire rope winch, it should be drawn out straight, regardless of length, and it should have a transmission speed of 3 meters per minute because this is the fastest speed for hand-driven hauling equipment.
3. See if it can be used at any working degree and if it has a durable design.
4. Make sure that it has a safety hook so that it will stay securely in place during operation.
5. Determine its weight capacity. Choose a model that best fits the weight requirements of the jobs you will likely use this equipment for.

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Which Type of Wire Rope Winch Is Suitable for You?

Ultimately, the type of wire rope winch that would be suitable for you is the one that fits your preference, requirement, and budget. If you want something that requires low effort and maintenance, you can go with a manual wire rope winch. It is portable and lightweight. It also does not require any power source, so it is cost-effective and versatile as it can be used just about anywhere.

A very good quality wire rope winch option is made by SuperTil. Fitted with 20m of wire rope on the dispenser, a safety hook, and shear pins for overload protection. These winches are small and lightweight, yet heavy-duty and reliable. Made in Japan, you can be confident of the quality. Suitable for various industries for multiple purposes, including construction, railways, shipbuilding, maintenance work and transportation.

Here at HTC, we offer a wide range of lifting and pulling equipment, including the SuperTil wire rope winch range. Contact us today to find out more as well as our current special offers!

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