Have you recently bought a cable winch or are thinking of buying a cable winch? Stop, take a second, breathe. Winches are dangerous for the normal human who's used very few manual tools in their life. Take a look at these tips on how to use cable winches.
Double Check your Cable
Your cable or rope are the whole thing your winch was made for. Wear and tear cause these cables and ropes to deteriorate. Make sure your cable or rope are taken care of at all times and that there is no spot that could cause a sudden break in them.
Most new winch users do not know what good tow points are. What you want is a static pull that is the object that the winch hook is placed around should be firm and stationary. The cable pulling winch works best that way, if you go for a kinetic pull that gives a jerk you're doing it wrong.
Height for the cable
Most users make the mistake of tying their cable right at the bottom of their tow point. Wrong move, usual tow points like tree trunks or ropes can be easily dislodged if the winch hook is placed around the bottom. Make sure your cable is tied securely around the top to avoid any dangerous accidents.
Here are the winches do's and don'ts you need to know.