DRUM/ELEC­TRIC WINCH

LRO (UK) - - Technique Muddy Recovery -

TESTED BY: MARTIN DOMONEY ● KIT RE­QUIRED: Winch, winch bumper, syn­thetic rope or cable, rig­ging gloves, winch sail ● TIME TAKEN: Five min­utes ● COST: £838.80 (Good­winch TDS with bumper for De­fender) ● HOW EASY: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ● SUC­CESS RAT­ING: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ HOW IT’S DONE: Few other de­vices give the peace of mind of a qual­ity, rated and ser­viced bumper-mounted winch – as long as you’ve got a sturdy tree or an­other Land Rover to use as an an­chor point. Once the cable or rope has been spooled out and at­tached safely to the cho­sen an­chor, it’s as easy as flick­ing the power iso­la­tor and stand­ing back while winch­ing in, ob­serv­ing the whole op­er­a­tion as you go. Steel cable should be treated with ex­treme cau­tion and a blan­ket or sail should be placed over the line to damp the move­ment of the cable if it snaps. Syn­thetic rope isn’t quite as dan­ger­ous, but any winch re­cov­ery should be car­ried out with care – and only if you’re con­fi­dent in us­ing the equip­ment.

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