To ensure optimum and safe operation, you cannot afford not to give your winch regular and professional attention, especially if you have a large crew that could be harmed in the event of a failure. Routine maintenance is the key to receiving the most work out of your winch, and will help to eliminate the many dangers involved in the utilisation of a winch in poor repair. It is possible to extend the life of your winch by years if you have this done regularly, which can save you many thousands in the long run.
Just as you must have your car put through MOT testing once a year after its third birthday, you must have regular inspections done on your winch and all other key components of your construction project. This is to ensure no damage to the winch is left unnoticed which might cause an eventual failure, delay, or worse, an injury to one of your workers. Additionally, have the professional performing the inspection check the tightness of the mounting bolts and verify that none of the components or fasteners are loose, and then tend to these needs as they arise.
No matter if you choose to use wire or synthetic rope, be sure to always inspect the rope before and after every single winching operation to check for fraying or damage. If the rope is kinked or frayed, you cannot put off a replacement for even a moment, and winch maintenance professionals can help you spot this problem early. Other signs that your rope is in need of replacement include a 25% reduction in rope bulk along any portion of its length, two or more adjacent strands of rope being cut, and any fused or melted fibres found in excess.
It is also important that you regularly lubricate the cable using a light penetrating oil. This will ensure the winch can work smoothly without the risk of abrasions to the cable or worse. Nearly anything you do for your cable and winch should be done with the safety of your men and the functionality of your equipment in mind.
Check the clutch monthly, making sure that it is fully engaging and disengaging without any trouble. If this is not the case, inspect the clutch shifter assembly for any damage or wear that is an indication it is at the end of its lifespan. If you notice any of these problems beginning to show themselves, it is in your better interests to replace relevant parts right away.
With a rag or towel, be sure to keep the winch clean by removing any dirt or debris. A professional can help you determine if any interior parts or components are in need of clearing, especially if you work in an environment notorious for getting loose particles into the hidden areas of machinery. Having a professional perform your maintenance should make it faster, easier, and more cost-effective to keep up with your winching needs and ensure the safety of your crew.