How to convert LBS to KG?
The manufacturer provides the line pull in pounds for the closest to the drum layer of rope where the most force is needed (1lb = 0,453592kg). The radius of further layers is longer so the offered amount of force drops (the engine torque is distributed as: M= F x r, where M - torque, F - force and r- radius).
Winch 12000 lbs x 0,453592 = 5443,20 kg
How to choose the winch?
It is best to choose a winch which has load ratio 1,5 to the car weight to which it is attached. This will help to find the best maximal force pull. We do not recommend to use a winch which has lover than 1,5 ratio.
Always wear the protection gloves when using a steel rope. While winding a rope neither hold your hands on it nor on the hook.
Before using a winch check whether all elements are correctly fastened.
To reduce the possibility of an accident, one can use a heavy muffler - in case of breaking the line, the muffler will conduct most of the force to the ground.
To prolong the longevity and improve safety of the winch, please check the item regularny and maintain it.
Car winches are made for horizontal pulling, they should not be used for any vertical lifting.
What rope to choose (steel or synthetic)?
Steel rope is widely used for winches. It is more resistant to wearing off and less expensive than synthetic one. Unfortunately, it can brake producing jagged edge - gloves needed, and it can rust -regular check ups and conservation needed.
Synthetic rope is easier to maintain and handle: it is not sharp, you can freely wind and unwind it and it will not create any hard to untangle loops. It would be more appropriate for off-road driving Since it can be used in water. What is more, it is lighter and takes less space on the drum - which means one can use a longer rope. Unfortunately, this kind of rope can more easily rub off, brake or melt.