A winch is basically an automobile part which consists of a drum and a crank. On adding a cable to it, the device would become capable of hooking on to another object and applying tension or hauling it. An example of winch usage would be the tow truck, wherein this device is used for dragging a stalled vehicle onto the bed of the tow truck. Winches are basically capable of performing two functions pulling and lifting. One can approach a tool maker for a suitable winch to install in one's truck so as to make it a heavy vehicle for lifting or pulling other vehicles.
Tool makers make different types of winches, therefore you will need to educate yourself about them and find out which type would suit your truck and needs the best. All winches made for lifting heavy machinery or for heavy vehicle use come with pull ratings. A pull rating is the exact factor you should look at to decide whether it is right to equip your pickup truck with it or not. Pull ratings in case of winches can range anywhere from six thousand pounds to fifteen thousand pounds. Thus, you need to be clear about how you plan to use your winch before deciding on a pull rating.
For estimation purpose, a winch with a pull rating of fifteen thousand pounds would be required for pulling a heavy truck with four flat tires through deep mud or other terrains wherein the wheels cannot run. On the other hand, it will just take three thousand pull ratings for moving a vehicle on a flat terrain with well-inflated tires. After all, a vehicle which is capable of running on its own does not require a lot of pulling power from its winch.
There are plenty of fundamental advantages to owning a winch, which is why people flock to the tool maker in order to have such a device. A winch is very useful for extracting one's vehicle from sticky situations, for rescuing fellow vehicle owners, for assisting in one's work and so on. Also, having a winch does make your vehicle a lot more versatile! There are basically two types of winches available in the market the hydraulic ones and the electric ones.
The electric winch runs on electricity and is very easy to install but on the downside it guzzles a lot of electricity and generates a lot of heat, which can be self-destructive for the winch. The hydraulic winch on the other hand, does not run on electricity but it derives energy from the vehicle's power steering pump. On the flip side, hydraulic winches are very limited in terms of models. Therefore each has its own set of pros and cons so it is all a matter of personal preferences and requirements as to which type of winch one should choose.
Whether you are taking a winch for your heavy vehicle or for lifting heavy machinery, you should also take into consideration the type of cable you're using. It can either be a steel one or a synthetic one. If you want a strong cable then you should go for the steel one no doubt but for off-road events, synthetic ones are more suitable.