Looking for a winch but not quite sure where to start? Specifying various factors in order to narrow it down will help you make your decision. You can count on Bloom Manufacturing to assist you in that decision-making process! Here are five things to consider:

  1. Line pull

We offer line pulling capacities available from 8,000 to 65,000 pounds. The pull capacity you decide on completely depends on the task at hand, so make sure you’re aware of that beforehand. For example, the line pull you’d need to get a boat onto shore would be different than the line pull you’d need to get a vehicle out of the ditch. Here are some options we offer:

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  1. Line speed

The line speed is how fast the winch winds the cable onto the drum, usually in feet per minute. The line speed is based on the line pull, so the more weight it can pull, the longer it takes. For example, a line pull of 8,000 lbs. typically has a line speed of 7.4 feet/minute, but a line pull of 9,500 lbs. would have a line speed of 6.2 feet/minute.

  1. Cable diameter you will be using

The cable diameter also depends on the weight of what you’re pulling. The general rule is to choose a winch cable that has a rated capacity of about 150% of the weight of what you’re pulling. For example, if you’re pulling a vehicle, multiply its weight by 1.5 and that’s your answer. As always, our team is here to help if you have questions.

  1. Hydraulic oil pressure (PSI) available

The PSI means the pound-force per square inch. This is used when measuring various pressures, and in this case, it’s used to measure the pressure of a hydraulic winch. Hydraulic winches are powered by a system and a pump, so you need to figure out the available oil pressure that’s needed for the task at hand.

  1. Hydraulic oil flow (GPM) available

GPM stands for gallons per minute, meaning the amount of water that is coming from the machine. This is calculated by taking 60 divided by the number of seconds it takes to fill a one-gallon container. For example, if it took 10 seconds to fill up a one-gallon container, you’d take 60/10 to give you 6 GPM. This relates to hydraulic winches because they’re powered by a pump, so it’s important to know that pump’s capabilities.

If you have any further questions, we’re happy to help in any way we can. Contact us and make sure to visit our online catalog to find the winch you’re looking for!