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Recovery Gear

PULLEY BLOCKS

The golden rule with winching (either manual or electric) is to use a pulley block to double the winching effort.

Greaseable units with plating (zinc/galvanised etc) are the best. Ensure the unit is wide enough to accommodate the winch rope you will be using.

RATED SHACKLES

Always use rated shackles with recovery gear. These have a safe working load (SWL) stamp on them.

Choose either Bow or D styles and use with pins finger tight. Most popular recovery kits include 3 units, but a spare one or two come in handy.

MANUAL WINCHES

  • Manual Winches are thought of by four wheel drivers as a necessity where electric winches are somewhat of a ‘luxury’.
  • Manual Winches such as the Big Haul, Beaver Tuff Pull or Tirfor T516 are a very important item of recovery equipment.
  • They should be used with a pulley block. This halves the physical effort and doubles the pulling (winching) load.
  • They come with 2 levers which are operated by a telescopic handle. One moves the cable one way, and the other the reverse.
  • 20 metres of steel cable on a reeler is the winch ‘rope’.
  • Shear pins are fitted to the units should overloading occur.
  • The units can pull a 4WD vehicle out of mud, sand, holes, etc.
  • A 4WD can be winched forward, backwards, sideways or even back onto their wheels using a manual winch.
  • Manual winches also feature a neutral function to allow the cable to be pulled through the machine quickly.
  • They feature a pin or hook on the fixed end to which a tree trunk protector or winch strap is attached
  • 4WD WORLD training specialists offer proper training of this and other recovery items. You’ll find the nearest one listed under

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