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As you can probably tell the Ice Warrior doesn’t get used in anger for serious off roading or winching duties very often so when we got an emergency call from the boss the other day requesting it’s presence to winch a wood chipper up a 45 degree slope I didn’t need asking twice! We grabbed some recovery gear i.e winch pulley block (WIN7750), tree strop (ZBS1817) and two bow shackles (ZBS2073) to aid in the recovery.

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Firstly we placed the tree strop around the tree so as not to damage it with the winch rope and placed the 4.75T tested bow shackle through the loops so we could attach the Superwinch pulley block.

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Ice Warrior Winching

Then we ran the rope up the hill, through the pulley block and back down to the chipper. Although the chipper didn’t look very big it was definitely heavy enough that you wouldn’t want to push it up a 45 degree slope so the winch was a very welcome accessory!

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Needless to say the Superwinch Talon 9,500lb (WIN1695211) winch fitted with plasma rope pulled it up the hill with ease, in fact I’m not even sure it knew it was there!

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The winch impressed me so much that I had to buy one myself! I have bought the Superwinch Tiger Shark 9,500lb to fit into my Defender winch bumper so please see our next blog for a full fitting guide.

All of the products mentioned in our blog are available to purchase from our online shop, just put the part numbers listed into our search engine facility and press go or if you have any enquiries drop us an email to info@brookwell.co.uk or call us on 01626 833848.


Superwinch are one of the world’s leading manufacturers of winches and here at Brookwells, we are proud to be official distributors of their full range which includes the TalonTiger Shark, and Husky winches. 

 

 

And to round up our series of Superwinch blogs, this time we look at their top winching safety tips.

“There are a few basic rules that should be adhered to when attempting to use a winch,” they say. So, here are some things to think about before, during and after operating your winch:

PREPARATION:

Time spent on preparation is time well spent: Is the equipment compatible with the winch being used? Is the equipment suitable for the application? All winching equipment, strops, shackles, pulley blocks and any other kit should be checked for any damage.

Waiting until the winch is about to be used in anger before checking the winch equipment is a sure recipe for disaster.

NOTE: Always have heavy-duty gloves available to be used when winching or handling winching equipment, wire ropes etc, these gloves must be in good condition.

WIRE ROPES:

When handling wire ropes, always wear heavy-duty gloves.

Wire ropes can be dangerous if not handled correctly, examine wire ropes for any signs of wear or damage frequently, before, during and after winching.

If a wire rope sustains damage, other than damage received due to wear, the cause is most likely incorrect usage or abuse.

If a wire rope sustains damage, it should be replaced.

A wire rope is said to be “live” when both ends of the rope are fixed, one end to the winch, the other end to the load, If both ends of a wire rope cannot be seen the wire rope must be assumed to be “live”.

Never step over a “live” wire rope, even if the rope is laying on the ground, to get to the other side of a “live” wire rope, if the rope is slack, step on the wire rope. If the rope should go taut it may push you off, if you are astride a wire rope and it goes taut, you could be in serious trouble. If the rope is under tension, wait until winching has stopped or until the rope is slack before walking around the vehicle.

If guiding a slack wire rope onto the winch drum, when rewinding slack rope, do not let the rope slide through your hands, use the “hand over hand” method and keep hands a minimum of one meter away from the winch

Before winching, make sure there are at least five wraps of wire rope on the rope drum and that the wire rope is neat and not loose.

AT THE WINCHING SITE:

Before using the winch, if more than one person is involved, decide who does what. Winching with two or three people giving instructions to the winch operator is not only time consuming it is also extremely dangerous.

When winching use hand signals, with the engine running and people at a distance from the winch operator, shouted instructions may not be heard or may be misunderstood. Decide a system of hand signals that everyone will understand at a distance. The hand signals required will be: Winch in – Winch out – Inch – Stop winching. These hand signals should be simple and easily understood at a distance.

If the winch freespool mechanism has been used, to pull wire rope from the winch drum, make sure that the freespool is fully engaged before starting to winch.

When the wire rope has been fixed to the load, or anchor, take up the slack by inching, (running the winch slowly or in short bursts); check that the hook, or fixing, is secure and that the wire rope is wound neatly onto the rope drum before starting to winch.

If the load is too heavy for the winch a pulley block may be utilised to relieve the load on the winch. A pulley block will reduce the load on the winch by approximately 40% and the winch will pull the load at half winch speed.

Also a pulley block can be used to change the direction of the wire rope to achieve a better fleet angle, the angle that the wire rope approaches the winch drum.

Inspect the winching area, is there an anchor? Is the anchor strong enough to take the load? Is a pulley block required? Is the winching line clear? This is most important when attempting self-recovery, without inspecting the area you could pull yourself into a more difficult or dangerous position!

Any onlookers must be in a safe place and at a safe distance. Whilst using the winch get to know the sound of the winch, this will enable you to tell, by ear, if the winch is being overloaded. If the winch sounds as if it is being overloaded, stop winching and identify why the winch is being overloaded, is the load too much for the winch?

Can the winching vehicle be repositioned to achieve a better winching line? Is there an obstruction in the way? If the load is too much for the winch it may be necessary to use a pulley block.

Remember, with proper inspection of the winching site and correct preparation of the equipment, there should be no reason why the winching operation will not proceed smoothly, efficiently and most importantly, safely.

So that rounds up our series of blogs from Superwinch, the other two can be found on the news sections of our website. Special thanks to Superwinch for providing the information.

For all other Land Rover parts and accessories, look no further than Brookwells Supplies. If there is anything you want or need for your Land Rover that isn’t listed on our website yet, please don’t hesitate to drop us an email at info@brookwell.co.uk or phone our UK helpline 01626 832555 and we’ll be happy to help with your enquiry.


Superwinch are undoubtedly one of the leading winch manufacturers anywhere in the world and, here at Brookwells, we are proud to be official distributors of their full range which includes the TalonTiger Shark, and Husky winches to name just a few. 

(To find out more about the winches listed above, click on their name and their page on our website will open in a new web browser window.)

If you are familiar to winches, you will already be well aware of the extremely high global reputation that Superwinch’s products demand. If you’re not however, take a look at the second of our three blogs from Superwinch outlining what they believe to be the “theory of winching” and you’ll get a feel of the extraordinary level of passion and expertise they display in their field.

So, hopefully you paid attention in maths at school because it’s finally going to come in useful! Here, Superwinch explain how to work out if your winch is suitable for the load you’re attempting to pull and how the conditions/gradient will affect the chances of success. This theory will try and help you to avoid biting off more than you can chew while helping you to prevent breaking/wearing out your prized winch.

SUPERWINCH’S THEORY OF WINCHING:

For winching purposes the resistance to motion of a wheeled vehicle is dependent on four main factors:

  • The inherent resistance to movement of the vehicle.
  • The total weight of the vehicle.
  • The nature of the surface to be crossed.
  • The gradient up which the vehicle is to be moved.

The ground surface and gradient the load is to be moved over will affect the effort required to move the load, the approximate surface resistance is as follows:

  • Hard Road: 0.04 times vehicle weight.
  • Grass: 0.145 times vehicle weight.
  • Sand, (hard wet): 0.17 times vehicle weight.
  • Sand, (soft wet): 0.2 times vehicle weight.
  • Sand, (soft dry / loose): 0.25 times vehicle weight.
  • Gravel: 0.2 times vehicle weight.
  • Shallow Mud: 0.33 times vehicle weight.
  • Bog / Marsh: 0.5 times vehicle weight.
  • Clay: 0.5 times vehicle weight.

 

 

For practical winching purposes, gradient resistance can be taken as 1/60th of the weight of the vehicle for each degree of the slope up to 45 degrees, after 45 degrees the full weight of the vehicle should be used.

This information will allow you to calculate the approximate effort required to pull a wheeled vehicle across different surfaces and up various inclines.

In the following example we have a vehicle that weighs 2.0 tonnes, the surface is gravel and the incline is 15 degrees.

GRADIENT:

(Gradient×Weight)÷60=(15×2,000)÷60=500 kg

SURFACE:

Weight×Surface Resistance=2,000×0.2=400 kg

In this example the effort needed to pull this vehicle up this incline and upon this surface will be: 500kg+400kg=900kg

NOTE: This figure is approximate and should be used as a guide,  there are many factors which may affect the resistance of a load to move, tyre pressures, surface irregularities, some surfaces react differently when wet etc.

So there it is! Once you’ve got your head around it, it all makes sense (eventually!) and coming from the industry leaders, it’s definitely worth taking note.

If you’re off Greenlaning this weekend, or at any point in the future, it’s well worth taking note of the surface resistant factors (shallow mud, bog/marsh and clay in particular) if you need to do some quick “on the back of a fag packet” calculations which could well save you a few bob on keeping your winch in tip-top condition.

For all other Land Rover parts and accessories, look no further than Brookwells Supplies. If there’s anything you fancy that isn’t listed on our website yet, please don’t hesitate to drop us an email at info@brookwell.co.uk or phone our UK helpline 01626 832555 and we’ll be happy to help with your query.


There are only 24-hours left to get your hands on the perfect gift for the younger Landy lover, Veronica Lamond’s excellent ‘Landy‘, Fender and ‘Landy’s New Home‘ story books from Brookwells, your one stop shop for all things Land Rover.

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Beautifully illustrated and starting at £6.99, these charming books are a great introduction to the world of Land Rovers for kids, but all NEW copies have to be returned to the author by the time we close tomorrow.

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You can order them on-line and over the phone from anywhere in the world and we have paper and hard back versions available until 17:30 (GMT) 28/02/2013, but stocks are limited so act fast to avoid disappointment. This really is the last chance to get a brand new copy of these books before they are withdrawn from sale – worldwide.

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Landy’s New Home

And whatever you need for whatever Land Rover you have you can get it from us, either on-line, in-store or over the phone. Be sure to head over to our Facebook page (facebook.com/brookwells) and hit “like” in order to be kept up to date with all our special offers, give-aways and Land Rover news.


Superwinch are undoubtedly one of the leading winch manufacturers anywhere in the world and, here at Brookwells, we are proud to be official distributors of their full range which includes the Talon, Tiger Shark, and Husky winches to name just a few. 

(To find out more about the winches listed above, click on their name and their page on our website will open in a new browser window.)

If you are familiar to winches, you will already be well aware of the quality and reputation of Superwinch’s products, however if you’re not, take a look at the first of our three blogs from Superwinch outlining some useful hints and tips to consider when winching.

Superwinch say, “When selecting a vehicle mounted winch for any application there are two main criteria to be taken into account, 1) Power and 2) Duty Cycle.

1) Power, The winch must be powerful enough to do the job. If the work being done requires a winch effort of 2.0 tonnes then obviously a winch with a rating of 1.5 tonnes will not be powerful enough, however, if we use a winch with a rating of 2.7 tonnes the winch will be powerful enough to do the job.

NOTE: The power requirements will be similar whether the winch is electric, mechanical or hydraulic, i.e.: is the winch powerful enough to suit the application?

2) Duty Cycle, To exert 2.0 tonne effort at the first layer of rope on the drum of a 2.7 tonne rated winch the winch may be exerting 75% of its available power, on the third layer of rope on the drum the winch may be exerting 92% of its available power. In a typical 2.7 tonne rated electric winch, these figures may equal 300 to 400 amps, any small electric motor drawing this high current will generate an enormous amount of heat and will have an extremely short life.

NOTE: Unlike the Power requirements, the duty cycle will vary greatly depending whether the winch is electric, mechanical or hydraulic. An electric winch operating at 80 or 90% of its rating will have a short life, but a mechanical or hydraulic winch operating at 80 or 90% of its rating will have a much longer life.

When deciding which winch will be suitable for your application the following details should be taken into account:

a) Load to be moved: This will include details such as weight of load, type of load, (vehicle, container, self recovery etc), if a wheeled load, is the vehicle running gear in good condition, are tyres inflated to correct pressure, is the vehicle being recovered a breakdown or is it accident damaged. If not a wheeled load, is the load on skids, if so, what type of skids, material and position.

b) Terrain that load is to be moved on: Terrain details will include surface type, metalled road, grass, mud, sand or any other type of surface. Gradient: (slope), that the load is to be pulled up. It should be noted that the surface will be included in gradient details, If the surface is not smooth, surface irregularities can make a substantial difference to the effort required to move the load.

Stylish Winch Bumpers like the one shown above are also available from Brookwells

Examples: To push a vehicle weighing, say, 1.5 tonne, along a flat level surface will require little effort, but if one wheel rolls into a 50mm deep pot hole it will be far more difficult to push. Likewise, a wheeled vehicle can be pushed, (or pulled), with little effort when all tyres are inflated properly, but if one or two tyres are flat, the effort required is much greater.

From the above, it will be seen that selecting a winch for any application is not as simple as it may at first appear, If the winch is mechanical or hydraulic the selection should be simple, If the winch is electric the selection may be less simple.

A mechanical or Hydraulic winch, as far as vehicle mounted winches are concerned may be rated on a continuous basis, an electric winch, even a “heavy duty” electric winch should only be rated as intermittent duty.

A typical application may be general breakdown work recovering saloon cars and occasional vans, of up to: 3.5 tonnes, duty cycle may be up to 6 operations per day.

Assuming a ramp angle of, say, 30 degrees the effort required to recover a 3.5 tonne vehicle will be approximately: 2.0 tonne.

A typical mechanical or hydraulic winch rated at 3.6 tonnes will not pull this load when the rope drum has 5 layers of wire rope, (the winch rating is based on first layer of wire rope on the rope drum), as rope layers increase, winch capacity decreases, i.e: first layer = 3.6 tonne, fourth layer = 1.8 tonne, in this example a mechanical or hydraulic winch of 4.5 tonne rating would be required.

In this example, if the only power available is electric, a 4.5 tonne electric winch will pull this load, but, on the first layer of rope on the drum the winch will be operating at 55% of its rating, on the fourth layer this figure rises to 90% of its rating, This may be equivalent to 200 to 320 amps, because the higher loads will only be occasional, this winch will do the job, but will have a shorter life than the mechanical or hydraulic winch, a pulley block may be necessary to relieve the load on the winch.

NOTE: In these examples the ramps etc are assumed to be flat, rigid and smooth.

So there are the basics in the first of three blogs from Superwinch on winching tips and hints. And if Superwinch make it, you can get it from us.

For all other Land Rover parts and accessories, look no further than Brookwells. If there’s anything you fancy that isn’t listed on our website yet, please don’t hesitate to drop us an email at info@brookwell.co.uk or phone our UK helpline 01626 832555 and we’ll be happy to help. 


We’ve got good news Land Rover fans – more great, new products from Terrafirma!

They’ve been working on extending their already impressive range, which can be found here and as official distributors, we’ve taken delivery of their latest treat off the production line, “Big Bore Expedition Shocks.”

They say, “Heavy trucks need heavy suspension, Terrafirma has developed the Big Bore Expedition shock specifically for fully laden Land Rovers such as overland and utility vehicles. The Big Bore Expedition shocks are designed to handle the battering experienced when travelling over rough terrain while providing stability and control with top heavy vehicles at both low and high speed.

The Big Bore “Expedition shock is built for strength and reliability. Everything about The Big Bore Expedition shock is massive with its 76mm diameter body, 50mm piston and of course Terrafirma’s super strong 20mm double chromed shaft. The fully welded mounting points and the natural rubber bushes are the largest possible to fit Land Rovers original mounting points. To ensure the largest diameter shock body could be used the front shock absorber is built without a dust shield and they are available in standard travel and +2 inches (50mm) to suit the widest range of applications for this shock.

“The massive 76mm shock body provides ample capacity for the high performance oil necessary to keep the internal workings cool while maintaining high damping performance even when combined with the high spring rates required to carry very heavy loads.

“Coincidentally fitting the Big Bore Expedition shocks to a light or un-laden Land Rover gives a firm, sporty handling characteristic often sought after by the more performance orientated driver.”

These shocks fit, Defenders (90, 110 and 130) Discovery 1 and Range Rover Classic. 

Click the part numbers to go their page on our website.

Front – TF129

Rear –TF130

Front +2inches – TF123

Rear +2inches – TF124