Winch Maintenance Guide

Close up of synthetic rope on winch

We pride ourselves on the high quality of our winch range, but care is needed to maintain that quality once it’s out and working! Winches are made to last, but a few care tips and tricks should be followed to help your winch help you get the job done.

How to Maintain & Take Care of a Winch

Caring for a winch is simple once you know a few rules. A lot of care tips also cross over with safety measures that should be followed, meaning that you’re caring for your winch every time you use it safely. As you check over your cable to make sure there is no dust, debris or mud in the drum, you’re helping to care for your winch. Similarly, following instructions like making sure there's a weighted winch sail on the line will prevent major damage to the machine.

Preventative Maintenance of Winches

It’s always better to care than repair! Preventative maintenance and regular care is the best way to keep the quality up and cut back on expensive repair work.

Some key things you should be doing as preventative care include:

  • Checking for kinks, fraying or any damage to the cable before and after use.
  • Make sure the cable is dry and clean with no dust or debris.
  • Ensure the cable is neatly and evenly spooled onto the drum after every use.
  • Regularly check the electrical connections every few months to make sure they’re clean and in good working condition with no dirt caught up in there.
  • Frequently check the mounting bolts to make sure they’re tight and sturdy.

Winch Servicing

The amount you need to service your winch depends on how frequently you use it. If you’re using your winch for industrial work, construction or regular work; a scheduled 6-12 monthly service will ensure everything is kept working perfectly.

If you notice any changes in noise or speeds, take it in for a service just for a check-over.

Winch Maintenance Tips

Looking after your winch is simple with a couple of easy-to-follow tips and tricks. Compiled into one place, here is a winch maintenance checklist:

  • Check for kinks or damage in the cable before and after every use.
  • Replace the cable immediately if you notice any damage.
  • Make sure the cable is dry, clean and free of dust or debris that couple do damage to the drum.
  • Ensure the cable is spooled neatly and evenly onto the drum.
  • Regularly check the electric outlets and connections to ensure they are in working order.
  • Keep the electric outlets clean of dust and debris.
  • If you don’t use your winch regularly, once a month power the cable in and out to check it over and generate some heat to prevent moisture buildup.
  • Frequently check the mounting bolts to make sure they’re tight and sturdy.