How to Inspect a Hand Winch

One of the most important things that you can do before using your Tirfor hand winch is to make sure that you inspect it before you use it. Inspecting your griphoist will make sure that there’s no chance of the winch or the cable breaking, which could injure nearby bystanders. Follow these steps to make sure that your winch is in good working order.

Before You Use the Winch

Before you use your come along hand powered winch, always make sure that you check the winch cable for any form of distortion. This includes any kinking, unstranding, strand displacement or bird cage. Also, check for broken or cut stands and any corrosion. If your cable has been compromised, do not use it to pull your load and find a replacement cable or winch if possible. Using a cable that has been significantly weakened through corrosion or degradation is a safety risk both to the load that is being pulled and to anyone standing nearby.

Once a month or before you go out

Winching while offroading

Before you take the winch out, or once a month while you are using it, always check the cable and hand operated winch carefully. When you’re inspecting the cable, look for reduced rope diameter and broken, corroded, or worn outside strands. Check the whole winch for heat damage and corrosion. Pay particularly close attention to connections, especially between the winch and the cable. Make sure connections aren’t cracked, bent, worn, corroded, or applied wrong.

Inspecting your winch is an important part of hand winch ownership. Inspecting your winch and storing it properly will make sure that it’s working at peak performance when you need it and there won’t be any unpleasant surprises while you’re lifting or pulling your vehicle or another load.

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