To ensure the safety and efficiency of your winch, proper use, routine inspection and winch maintenance are essential. Caring for your winch correctly will also extend the lifespan and the usefulness of your equipment. Heavy machinery can be particularly dangerous when operated incorrectly or by someone who is inexperienced. So, we’ve put together some of the most important factors to consider before buying a winch and while maintaining it to ensure your safety as well as the reliability of your winching equipment.
Identify the Correct Type of Winch
If you’ve not yet purchased your equipment, it’s essential that you choose exactly the right equipment you need for the job. This can be established by estimating the operational loads and speeds, as well as taking into consideration factors that may impact these figures in the future. Next, you must consider the environment the winch will be operating in (high/low temperatures, wet or dusty conditions etc) so that you know your equipment is capable of withstanding external factors. If you’re unsure, discuss this and any other special requirements with an experienced professional.
Training and Instruction
Ensure that all staff who will be involved in the operation, inspection and maintenance of your winch are properly trained. Safety requirements must be covered thoroughly throughout the training session, and the winch manual can be referred to after training. Winch Hire Australia has skilled staff that carry out the necessary training in Brisbane or on client’s sites.
It’s important to assess the rope before and after each winching operation. If it is frayed, kinked or worn down, it will need to be replaced before use. In your user manual, the rope safety factor (breaking strength) will be identified. It’s important to ensure that the rope is correct for the load and the application.
Brakes and Emergency Stop
Your regular winch maintenance should always involve inspecting the efficiency of the brakes and emergency stop function to ensure the safe and reliable operation of the winch. Always double-check that the emergency stop is in working condition, and keep the stop function within arms reach whilst operating the equipment.
Whether you operate a diesel winch, a hydraulic winch, an electric winch or pneumatic winch, the inspection and maintenance record is your most valuable asset to ensure optimum safety. It’s essential to perform these outline daily inspections before every use to prevent damage occurring. As well as this, always ensure that the equipment is serviced by qualified personnel.
Your daily winch maintenance checklist should involve checking:
- Control mechanisms for adjustments and wear
- Control mechanisms responsiveness and labelling
- All winch operations function correctly
- Al safety devices function correctly
- Wire or rope condition
- Fluid levels (oil, fuel, coolant, hydraulics)
- Hydraulic system leaks and spills and;
- Lubrication of bearing surfaces
Winch Hire Australia. Your Winch Maintenance Specialists
Winch Hire Australia provides all winch and associated equipment repairs, maintenance, testing and training. It’s important that you’re armed with the best technical advice and support throughout the hiring process and after, which is why our experienced team are always available for technical support, advice and guidance. Browse our range of winches online or if you require winch maintenance or winch repair, get in touch with us today.