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Postby .z. » September 2nd, 2015, 7:50 pm

For the last few weeks, Z Offroad has been publishing articles on Winching... Check out our fb page www.facebook.com/zoffroad and scroll through to view our Posts.

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Re: Winchtech

Postby .z. » September 3rd, 2015, 7:01 pm

Article 1 in the Series...

A WINCHING RECOVERY is only Effective as the Strength of your ANCHOR.
Most Winches being installed are more than adequate for the Rig its installed on. Basic rule; Weight of Vehicle x 2.
But No Winch is effective without an Anchor; be it a tree, rock or even another vehicle, etc.
But the Anchor has to be stronger in resistance to oppose the pull of the recovery, otherwise u will break it, pull it down, drag it, and so on, an on, an u are not getting anywhere.
But what about Recovering another Rig with your Winch. In many cases your Resistance (tires on the ground) cannot overcome the bogged down resistance of the other Rig, and you acting as the Anchor gets pulled to the bogged Rig.
Now this doesnt mean that your Winch isnt powerful enough, it is that you need to Anchor, be it to another Rig(s) or tree, etc.
Monitorng your spooling speed, motor heat, etc will determine if the Recovery Resistance Load is taking a heavy demand on your Winch... to be continued.
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Re: Winchtech

Postby .z. » September 7th, 2015, 11:36 am

As we continue, "Promoting Safe & Responsible Offroading" here is the Second Article in the Series.

So last week we spoke about WINCHING ANCHORS
Lets start this week with WINCH MOTOR TEMPERATURE; any operation will cause a motor to warm, but once the touch feels hot, its time to let it cool off. The excessive heating could have been as a result of too much load or too long an operating duration or a combination of both or even a failing motor.
Sounds a bit contradictory to my last post, but winch pulling capacity decreases as the layers on the spool increases, and you may not have expended that amount of cable to get to that strong enough pull.
Apart from that hot touch, a Slow Line Speed can also signal load.
But a Slow Line Speed can also mean a dying battery.
Any ways, a great great assist to the Winch can be a Snatchblock, and this reduces the pulling Effort of the winch.
Next week we will expand more on the versatility of Snatcblocks.
We Stock Snatchblocks, and Service Winches....
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Re: Winchtech

Postby .z. » September 16th, 2015, 10:25 am

This week we continue the ‪#‎zowinchtech‬ series with Snatchblocks.
A very versatile accessory which is basically a Pulley, that is designed and load rated.
We mentioned before of the ability of the Snatchblock to reduce the pulling effort of the Winch. Lets expand a bit; anytime the cable is routed through a anchored Snatchblock and re attached, with the cables parallel, the winching effort is reduced by half.
Similarly, if there are three parallel runs, ie using two Snatchblocks now, the effort is 1/3... and so on.
E.g. a single line load of 9000lbs; with a single Snatchblock can reduce the line load to 4500lbs across each. Note the anchoring still withstands 9000lbs, tree or bumper, etc
A Snatchblock can also be used to change a pulling angle with the use of an anchor.
E.g. A rig needing assistance at an angle sharply off of your pulling angle. If an anchor is available one can run the line through a Snatchblock attached to the anchor.
in a similar way one can effect a pull of a rig behind.
A word of Caution about fabricating Snatchblocks, the Factory made Units are Load Rated and the Pulley Sheaves are designed and sized to hold the cable snugly and prevent damage; Too wide a sheave will cause flattening of the cable, and too narrow will pinch the cable.
A knowledge of Rigging can be of great assistance in any situation. Z Offroad can assist you in gaining this know how and exposure. Give us a call 374-6263
We also Stock Snatchblocks.
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Re: Winchtech

Postby .z. » October 7th, 2015, 6:01 pm

‪#‎zowinchtech‬ looking at Power.
Winch manufacturers recommend a minimum 650 CA Battery, but one has to carefully assess the use of your winch and what other items are on your Rig that also requires "power".
An alternator upgrade is good, but at the end of the day, an alternator will not power the winch, and as such the battery is the source of power. A larger charging will bring back up/ recharge the battery faster, though.
Similarly, a larger battery, will have a greater reserve, and allow you more operating time.
In the assessment of items that requires power, one has to look into as simple as restarting, it is wise that one does not switch off an engine after a long winching or multiple winchings, as the battery may have depleted a bit and there could be difficulty in restarting. Allowing the engine to stay running can recharge the battery.
If wheeling at night, lighting, can make demands on your charging, running LEDs use less power, and multiple lamps with multiple switches (probably pair of lamp to one switch) can allow the the operation of only necessary lighting, as compared to one huge light bar.
Also consider music, welders, compressors, etc
Choosing a battery is important, consider the space you have available, or can obtain by simple modification.
Consider also relocating battery position, and dual batteries.
Z Offroad can assist with more information on this topic, as well as Supply Batteries. Lets help you get Better Prepared for your Trails...
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Re: Winchtech

Postby .z. » August 2nd, 2016, 10:41 am

‪#‎zowinchtech‬ ‪#‎article5‬
Many Winches available are NOT Sealed against Water/ Waterproof.
As a result, submerging these on trails can cause water and mud etc to enter; motor, braking, gearbox
And cause DAMAGE to your Winch.
Below are pics of a motor from a popular winch brand, which shows evidence of damage; rust on field coils (pole), seized brushes, rusted armature.
The commutator was also damaged, bearing seized.
The repair is costly, even sometimes having to replace motors or the entire winch.
So we urge you, if you did not invest into a Waterproof Winch, and submerged your Winch at anytime, to have your Winch Serviced as early as possible in attempt to avert Costly Damage.
Also, a periodic service can help prolong the life of your investment.
ZOffroad offers Winch Repair and Servicing. Contact us 374-6263

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Re: Winchtech

Postby .z. » August 2nd, 2016, 10:42 am

‪#‎zowinchtech‬ ‪#‎article6‬
This Article covers pointers on Winch Operation...
Its a bit of a recap, and also contains some new pointers...
* Consider your Anchor, and your Rig Up
* Free Spool to let out your Cable, Try as much as possible not to Winch Out as this uses Power
* Gently hold a tension on the Cable as the Winch Operation Starts (inward), ensuring that hands/ fingers are not too close to get pulled into the Winch, and feed the cable into the Winch, do NOT let it be pulled through your hands as there may have broken strands or sharps caught (as in the case of synthetic) that can cut you
* Operate under load by holding the switch... Try NOT to PULSE the Motor
* Assist the Winch by gently Spinning the Wheels (Engine Assist), carefully observing for if/ when the cable slackens up and ease up Engine Assist accordingly
* Becareful NOT to Shockload
* Monitor the Spooling, be careful NOT to to have a build up on one side as it can damage Winch Hardware
* Monitor the Operation... Line Speed and Motor Temperature (refer to previous Article)
* Ensure Recovery is complete
* The use of hand signals is invaluable as sometimes voice commands can be misunderstood, or not even heard. There are basic signals in most Operator Manuals for Winch in/ Out, A little bit, Stop, etc... You can also make up your own, but ensure your Assistant is familiar with any signals being used, and try not to deviate too much from conventional signals
* Remember SAFETY is foremost, consider your Equipment and PPE
* When Operation is done Remove Attachment, Secure Cable
And dont forget to take up your Tree Saver!!!
More info can be obtained from us on Winch Operation & Rigging, Contact us for Details 374-6263
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