Your truck is your livelihood. You depend on it just as your clients depend on you. That means every component of your truck has to be functioning at its best. All of your commercial truck accessories have to be up to the challenge.
One of the most valuable tools in your arsenal is going to be your heavy-duty winch. This commercial truck accessory is essential for all types of work. From agricultural to construction and municipal work, the right winch can really save the day.
However, choosing the right winch accessory for your truck isn’t always the easiest decision to make. There are a number of options to choose from when it comes to your winches, all designed with various capacities and features for different types of jobs.
Here at Camco Wheel & Axle, we love to provide our clients with the best customer support possible to help them make the best decision. If you’re looking to purchase a winch and other truck accessories, CAMCO has just what you need.
Consider the following tips when it comes to purchasing a winch and other related truck accessories for your commercial vehicle.
- Invest in your business.
Efficient work leads to completing projects much quicker. If your business requires you to work within certain time frames, then always keep in mind that the truck accessories you purchase are ultimately an investment in your business. A well-oiled machine will keep those projects coming in and completed in a timely manner.
When it comes to winches, you aren’t going to want to skimp out on quality. Like most truck accessories, price generally indicates quality. Your quality business deserves a quality winch.
- Consider your truck’s Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR).
You’ll want to take your commercial truck’s GVWR and multiply that number by 1.5. The number you get after this calculation will be the winching capacity that you need to work effectively.
While this winch rating capacity may initially seem too high, it’s important to recognize that there are a number variables that can affect the load placed on the winch including:
- Slope of the ground.
- Amount of friction on the object being pulled.
- Whether a pulley block is being used.
- Additional weight of items, tools, accessories on the vehicle.
The layers of rope also affect the winch’s pulling power. Winch ratings are based on their ability to pull a static load and with only one layer of wire rope around the drum. Winches have their greatest pulling capacity on the first 2 layers of rope and reduce by about 20 percent on each successive layer.
When you take into account all the variables that can lower your winch’s actual pulling power, it’s in your best interest to have that additional capacity.
- Electric or hydraulic.
Both types of winches have their pros and cons, so you’ll need to consider the purposes of the winch you’ll be purchasing and how often you’ll be using it.
- Wide range of models and makes (+)
- Easier to install (+)
- Economical (+)
- Generally faster-winding speeds (+)
- Offer remote control abilities (+)
- Can overheat on hard, extended pulls ( – )
- Draw on vehicle’s electrical system and can take a toll on battery system ( – )
- Reduced battery means reduced pulling power ( – )
- May require vehicle upgrade to a dual-battery system and higher-output alternator ( – )
- Are able to pull at same rated power (+)
- Do not drain vehicle’s electrical system (+)
- Are essentially “weatherproof” (+)
- Do not work when the truck’s engine stops ( – )
- More expensive, requiring additional installation ( – )
- Not compatible with all commercial vehicles ( – )
- Choosing between steel or synthetic cable.
Depending on your requirements and winch purposes, you can choose between steel or synthetic winch line.
Steel cable is typically used as it has a long working life and can deal with abrasions better than its synthetic counterpart. However, steel winch lines do corrode over time and sometimes break under heavy duress. Because of the potential energy, a steel cable can cause serious bodily injury if it does break while in use.
Synthetic cable is lighter, but still stronger than steel cable. It also holds less tension so that if it snaps while pulling, there’s a lower likelihood of causing injury to a worker. As previously mentioned, however, synthetic winch lines cannot deal with abrasions as well as metal and will snap much quicker if constantly coming in contact with other materials.
- Components and bumpers.
You’ll want to do a bit of investigation on the internal components used for the winch you’re considering buying.
- One major component to take into consideration is the solenoid of the electric winch.
- The types of gears, shafts, and brake mechanisms included with the winch should be investigated.
- Understand the warranty and what components fall under the warranty.
- Metal housings are more expensive but last longer.
Another vital component is your commercial truck’s bumper. The amount of force winches exert can take your bumper right off. A heavy-duty replacement bumper offers a number of benefits including being mounted to the frame of the vehicle for better front end protection, as well as providing improved approach angles.
You need commercial truck accessories you can depend on. From Bulldog Winches to mounts, shackles, rigging kits, wireless remote electric winches, Camco Wheel & Axle is your #1 Rio Grande Valley supplier of commercial truck accessories.
If you want to find out more information about our products, commercial truck accessories, and other services Camco Wheel & Axle offers, please contact us today at 956-781-4800.