If you are a serious off roader and hit the dirt trails often, one of the items that you should definitely put some thought into is a winch. A winch can be the difference between being stuck in the mud for a few hours (or days for those really unlucky) or enjoying a fun filled day in the dirt. There are considerations you should make when choosing a winch, here are a few of them.
A Good Winch is There When You Need It
You might never need a winch depending on what kind of driving you do, but when the need arises, you will kick yourself if it doesn’t perform. Winches require a tremendous amount of energy and while cheaper winches can be a decent choice for some lighter vehicles or for those that never hit the bogs, if you are planning on using a winch for more than a few minutes, the strength of a truck battery usually doesn’t offer the amount of juice you will need for heaving winching. A better choice for heavy duty winching is a hydraulic winch. These winches are made to provide steady, continuous power that won’t die out after a few minutes and leave you and your vehicle in the mud.
Reliability is an Issue
Another consideration is reliability. Many drivers don’t off road on a regular basis, however if you do, make sure you choose a winch that will last for the years to come. Electric winches are affordable and usually good for several years however, if you are a die hard off roader and require the utmost in reliability, a hydraulic winch is usually the most reliable. Its parts are not that complex and hydraulic winches are easy to maintain and even fix. While a little more expensive than electric winches, most hydraulic winches are definitely worth the extra investment.
(You might also want to check the article on Trailer Winches)