 Email: sales@chimawinch.com    Tel: 0574-83082762
You are here: Home » Blogs » Four Classic SUV Winch Types

Four Classic SUV Winch Types

Views: 70     Author: Site Editor     Publish Time: 2024-03-18      Origin: Site

There are several classic types of SUV winches that serve as effective rescue and escape tools in difficult terrains. These winches offer different operating mechanisms:

SUV winch

SUV winch

Hydraulic SUV Winch

A hydraulic SUV winch uses the vehicle's power steering system to power a hydraulic pump, which drives the winch.


Although no longer popular in the current market, hydraulic winches have strong towing capabilities and are suitable for heavy loads and demanding off-road situations such as extreme temperatures, wet weather, etc., so they are known for their reliability and durability.

In addition, it can run for a long time without being limited by the electric winch working cycle, and will not suffer from overheating that affects performance.


The disadvantage is that they rely on continuous rotation of the engine, similar to a PTO winch, and will not function if the power steering system fails.

Secondly, because hydraulic winches rely on the vehicle's hydraulic system and require hydraulic lines and hydraulic pumps, they are usually more complex to install and maintain than electric winches. Before installing a hydraulic winch, the vehicle must be equipped with a hydraulic system or a separate hydraulic pump. After installation, the sealing of the hydraulic oil and hydraulic device needs to be checked from time to time.

In addition, the linear speed of the hydraulic SUV winch is slower than that of the electric SUV winch, which will make the rescue operation more time-consuming.

Mechanical SUV Winches

These winches rely on the vehicle's engine power and operate directly through the reduction shaft of the transmission or transfer case, or sometimes manually.


Mechanical SUV winches are designed to be simple in design and operation, easy to install and maintain, and cost-effective.

By utilizing pulleys, mechanical winches can create significant mechanical advantages, reducing the force required to move an object. This multiplies the system capacity, making lifting and pulling heavy loads much more manageable.


Due to the limited traction force of the mechanical SUV winch, it is not suitable for heavy rescue missions. It is not as versatile as a hydraulic or electric winch in terms of traction and function, and the manual type mechanical winch requires physical strength to operate, which is not suitable in emergency situations or for users with limited physical abilities. may be an obvious disadvantage.

Second, the gears and other mechanical parts of a mechanical SUV winch wear out over time and require maintenance and replacement.

SUV Wheel Winch

A relatively new system that provides traction by attaching directly to the vehicle's wheels.


Simple to install and remove, the wheel winch secures to the axle using four of the six set screws found on most off-road wheels.

Additionally, SUV wheel winches are lightweight, cost-effective, and provide front and rear pulling power.

Because installation of an SUV wheel winch requires no permanent modifications to the vehicle, it is suitable for a variety of vehicles, including SUVs, trucks, and 4WDs.


Since the installation of the SUV wheel winch requires the use of the wheel axle, in some special circumstances, such as obstacles next to the vehicle's wheel hub, it will be impossible to install it, thus affecting rescue.

Electric SUV Winch

Electric SUV winch

Electric SUV winch

Nowadays, it is widely used and electric winch is very popular because of its mature technology and easy operation. They use the vehicle's electricity to drive the motor, with the option of drawing power from the battery.


The electric winch is easy to install and remove. It can be installed directly on the front and rear bumpers of the vehicle or on the winch mounting base, and can be easily removed and used on another vehicle.

Some cordless electric winches provide remote operation via a control knob, allowing the operator to stand at a distance while operating, thereby ensuring operator safety.


Since the electric winch is dependent on the battery or electrical system, if the electric winch is used for a long time, it will need to be paused due to overheating, and the battery power may be exhausted, causing damage to the vehicle and the winch. Therefore, you need to pay attention to the power usage and the heat of the winch during use.

While each type of winch has its own unique method of operation, electric winches dominate the market by remaining the preferred choice due to their technological advancement and ease of use.

Recent Blogs


Established in 2000. Ningbo Chima Winch Co., Ltd. Covers 15,000 Square meters, and is determined to be a professional winch manufacturer specializing in Multi-functional winches, electric winches, hydraulic winches and winch accessories.




Email: sales@chimawinch.com
Whatsapp / Webchat: 15858478706
TEL: 0574-83082762
FAX: 0574-82819139; 15858478706
ADD: No.38 Dongbei Road, Dongqiao Town, Haishu District, Ningbo, China
 2021Ningbo Chima Winch Co., Ltd. All rights reserved.