WHEN USING A WINCH, SAFETY PRECAUTIONS SHOULD ALWAYS BE FOLLOWED TO REDUCE THE RISK OF PERSONAL INJURY AND DAMAGE TO THE WINCH.
Do not allow people to remain in the area during winching operations. Do not step over a taut wire rope or allow anyone else to do so. Due to the possibility of cable failure, direct all personnel to stand clear of any possible pathway. A snapped cable could cause winch failure, injury or death. Keep proper footing and balance at all times. Do not reach over or across the winch and/or pulling cable while the winch is in operation.
The wire rope should be inspected for damage that could reduce its breaking strength. A frayed rope with broken strands should be replaced immediately. Always replace the rope with a rope that is rated to sustain any load that the winch is capable of pulling. Any substitute must be IDENTICAL in strength, quality, lay and stranding to the Mile Marker cable originally supplied.
Keep the working area well lit. Do not use this winch in the presence of flammable gases or liquids.
Keep children away from working area. Never let children operate the winch.
Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry as they can be caught in moving parts. Protective, electrically non-conductive clothes and non-skid footwear is the only type of clothing you should be using when operating the winch. Wear restrictive hair covering to contain long hair.
When handling or rewinding wire rope always use hand protection to eliminate the possibility of cuts caused by burrs & slivers from broken strands.
Always make sure that there are at least 5 complete turns of rope left on the drum before winching.
Never put your finger through the hook when reeling in the last few feet. If your finger should become trapped in the hook or rope, you could lose your finger. Never guide a wire rope under tension onto the drum with your hand.
Hooking the rope back onto itself creates an excessive strain that could break individual strands; this, in effect, weakens the entire wire rope.
The winch is designed for intermittent use and cannot be used in constant duty applications. Do not pull more than one minute at or near rated load. If the motor becomes too hot to touch, stop and let it cool off for a few minutes. If the motor stalls, cut off the power immediately.
For your safety and efficient performance, always use this winch at or under its rated capacity for your safety and for better performance. Do not use inappropriate attachments in an attempt to exceed its rated capacity.
This will cause the rope to pile up at one end of the drum. When possible, please get the rope as straight as possible to the direction of the object.
Operator injury or winch damage can result if a fairlead is not installed.
Watch what you are doing. Use your common sense. Do not use this winch when you are tired, stressed or WHEN UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS, ALCOHOL OR MEDICATION.
Unplug the winch's remote control when not in use.
When servicing, use only identical replacement parts. Usage of any other parts will void the warranty. Approved accessories are available from your local distributor.
For maximum line pull rating, winch cable direction must not exceed:
Vehicle self-recovery using the pulley block attached to the anchor point for direct pull. In this instance the vehicle becomes the "load" and the actual pulling power on the vehicle will be double at half winch rope speed. Never connect wire rope or hook back to winch mount!
Direct pull on load using the winch vehicles as the anchor with pulley block attached to the load.
The most important aid to successful winching (after the winch) is the pulley block, which can be used to increase the pulling power of the winch of for indirect pulls. Pulley blocks can be used in two modes. First mode is attached to the load and second is secured to an anchor point.
Indirect pull necessitated by obstructions or soft ground. Pulley block attached to load using a suitable anchor point.
Note the angled direction taken by the load and subsequent angle of rope feed-back on the winch drum (extreme example shown). There may be unavoidable circumstances requiring this mode, though in general it is not recommended unless applied in stages by moving the anchor point or vehicle to avoid the sharp angled rewind on the winch drum. The actual load pulling power and rope speed will depreciate with any increased angle between the ropes.
The anchor point, when used must be secure, using a tree, another vehicle or any firm structure to which a pulley block can be used to your advantage.
A shackle should always be used when attaching winch hooks to nylon slings. NOTE: The shackle must pass through both eyes of the sling. The safe working load of the nylon sling is based on the use of both eye ends. Never use the cable or hook to connect directly to the nylon sling.
When handling or rewinding the cable always use gloves to eliminate the possibility of cuts caused by burrs and broken strands. Inspect cable and equipment frequently.
The cable should be replaced immediately if any sign of burrs or broken strands are evident. A frayed cable with broken strands should be replaced immediately. Always replace the cable with a Mile Marker recommended replacement part.
Any substitution must be IDENTICAL in strength, quality, lay and stranding. Never hook the cable back onto itself. Hooking the cable back onto itself creates an unacceptable strain, breaking individual strands which in turn weakens the entire cable. Use a sling. Avoid continuous pulls from extreme angles as this causes cable to pile up at one end of the drum.