How To Use A Hand Winch

Manual winches are a convenient and ideal solution for winching vehicles onto a car trailer. Advantages over a electric winch include.

  1. Simplicity and peace of mind. No need to rely on batteries and motors that can fail at anytime
  2. More control and feel of the vehicle during the loading process
  3. Easy to use, turn the handle and load 
  4. Easy to fix if you are in a remote location

 

Manual winches are very useful when loading broken down vehicles onto a car trailer however, it is important that all safety measures are carried out correctly to avoid damage or injury.

  • Ensure the trailer is safely connected to the towing vehicle prior to operating the elevator to prevent the trailer from rolling away.
  • Only load the vehicles on and off the trailer on a flat, sealed surface, ensuring the towing vehicle I parked with the handbrake on.
  • If required, chock the towing vehicles wheels for added safety to prevent any movement.
  • Inspect the winch cable prior to use to check for excessive ware or fraying.

  • Turn winch handle anticlockwise to release 1 meter of cable.
  • To free spool winch cable out to vehicle, Pull winch cable while simultaneously spinning the winch handle anit-clockwise. Be very careful and stay clear of the winch  assembly as handle on the winch will spin continuously while the cable unwinding.

  • Attach the winch cable to approved tow points on the vehicle only.
  • Keep the winch cable centred and ensure the vehicle is loaded in the centre of the trailer.
  • Connect winch cable to a tie down point for transit. Wind winch in until moderate tension is applied to the cable
  • Never stand behind a vehicle that is being winched onto a car trailer as the cable may fail at any time.
  • Never stand anywhere near a cable whilst under tension.
  • Never wear lose clothing when using the winch as it may become caught in the cogs.

NOTE:

The hand winch is designed to pull the vehicles on to the trailer only and NOT to be used for unloading or for securing the vehicle to the trailer during travel.

How To Use A Electric Winch

Electric winches are a convenient and ideal solution for winching vehicles onto a car trailer. Advantages over a hand winch include.

  1. speeding up the loading process
  2. allows for (1 person) loading
  3. higher rating of pull
  4. reducing the chance of physical strain 
  5. Virtually maintenance free

Electric winches are very useful when loading broken down vehicles onto a car trailer however, it is important that all safety measures are carried out correctly to avoid damage or injury. Here is a quick guide on how to use one of Mantaray’s electric winches.

  • Ensure the trailer is safely connected to the towing vehicle prior to operating the winch to prevent the trailer from rolling away.
  • Only load the vehicles on and off the trailer on a flat, sealed surface, ensuring the towing vehicle I parked with the handbrake on.
  • If required, chock the towing vehicles wheels for added safety to prevent any movement.
  • Inspect the winch cable prior to use to check for excessive ware or fraying.

• Disengaging the winch clutch allows rapid uncoiling of the rope for hooking onto approved tow or recovery points.

The shifter tab located on the gear housing of the winch operates the clutch as follows:

• To disengage the clutch, move the clutch shifter tab to the “FREESPOOL” position. Rope can now be
free spooled off the drum.
• To engage the clutch, move the clutch shifter tab into the “ENGAGED” position.


• Recheck all cable rigging before proceeding to winch the vehicle onto the trailer.
• Plug in the winch hand control. It is recommended that the winching operation takes place from the
driver’s position to ensure safe operation.

Once the vehicle is secured to the trailer, attach clevis hook to a tie down point or stow point and retract winch until moderate tension is applied to the winch rope. Winch rope should never be attached to a vehicle during transit.

  • Ensure the winch rope retracts onto the drum Evenly. Failure to do so may damage the winch
  • Never stand behind a vehicle that is being winched onto a car trailer as the cable may fail at any time. 
  • Never stand anywhere near a cable whilst under tension.
  • Never wear lose clothing when using the winch as it may become entangled in the winch assembly.
  • Always use a winch dampener, heavy blanket or similar object over the extended winch rope. As it helps dampen any back lash should a failure occur
  • Always use keep winch remote away from water, salt water/sand or contaminates. The remote is not weather proof
  • If the winch seems ‘under powered’. This may be due to poor conditions for solar charging or a battery failure. If you can smell anything burning or components feel hot, this may be an electrical fault or electric motor failure. Do not operate WHATSOEVER if presented with these symptoms.