Though winches don’t actually come in contact with the load, their
function of tighteningand anchoring the webbing or cable is critical to the security of
the over-the road cargo hauling.
To insure winches will perform a quick inspection before each use will assure they are undamaged and working properly. Damaged or non-operational winches should be replaced immediately.
For optimum performance, winches should be cleaned to remove dirt, mud, road salt, and ice. Lubrication ensures that gravity will allow the winch pawl to drop freely into the sprocket teeth, and the sprocket will rotate freely. When not in use, portable winches should be cleaned and stored in a dry location. With a little care, your winches will go a long way.