ENGAGE FREE SPOOL
3With your anchor point secure, engage your winch’s free spool and run out your cable or rope. Your winch has more pulling power when more rope is off the drum. But never leave any less than one full layer on the winch. There’s a variety of ways you can use hooks and shackles to attach your cable or rope to the tree trunk protector but, as a rule, the fewer metal connectors the better. If it doesn’t absolutely have to be there, get rid of it.