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Home / Blog / HOW TO DOUBLE YOUR WINCH POWER

An electric Dragon Winch is a powerful recovery tool. When used correctly, it will provide huge amounts of power, whether that’s to pull your ATV or 4x4 out of trouble, a boat onto a trailer or something else. The possibilities are almost endless and if you think your winch isn’t powerful enough, we’re going to show you how to get the absolute most from it.

With the correct set-up, you can pull two or three times the maximum rating of your winch. The secret to generating maximum power is knowing how to use your equipment and with our tips, you’ll be winching to your maximum in no time.

To begin with, we’re going to concentrate on rigging up a single line pull. If it’s possible, remember to always choose an anchor point directly in-line with the object you want to winch. This is because a straight-line pull will always be more efficient than an indirect pull.

If the only option is to winch through an indirect pull, use a snatch block to guide the cable directly into the winch – this will prevent it from stacking up on one side of the drum. Remember to always attach the cable as low as possible on the anchor point for best results. The base of a tree, stump or rock is usually the strongest point.

From here it’s easy to double the power of your winch. Whether your anchor point is too close to let out enough cable for a strong pull or you just require a bit more oomph, use a snatch block to double the line. This will immediately double your load capacity and allow you to spool out more cable to reach your winch’s maximum rating. If this still doesn’t produce enough power, you can find a second anchor point and rig up a triple-line pull.

Remember to use caution with double and triple-line pulls because as the strength of the pull increases, so does the amount of stress placed at each rigging point. So, make sure your anchor point is solid and ready to withstand the force of a pull.

People often forget that the length of cable you spool out also influences the power of a pull. All electric Dragon Winches are rated based on only one full wrap left on the drum – it’s the same for all electric winches. That means the less line you reel out, the less power you’ll get. To generate maximum power, reel out the cable until there is only one layer left on the drum. If your anchor point is too close to do this, use a snatch block as already mentioned.

Don’t forget, the harder an electric winch works, the more heat it will produce, so take regular breaks if you’re pulling over a long distance to prevent the motor overheating.

Your Dragon Winch has a lot of untapped power if you know how to get the most out of it. With these techniques, you’ll always have something up your sleeve to get things moving.

8 Mar 2018