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Is a winch a proper anchor? When should you cross your chains?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by bow2no1, Oct 2, 2016.

  1. bow2no1

    bow2no1 Senior Member
    Messages: 338

    Hope this Is in the right spot? Been a while since I have signed in.

    2 questions... For landoll haulers.
    Is a winch ever to be used as a anchor point for securement?

    Second queation, when is it appropriate I
    To cross your chains? Seems like I have gotten mixed answers on this at work.
  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,749

    A winch is a pulling device only. It is NEVER to be used as a holding device, says so in the manual. Not sure what info you have gotten, but crossing the chains is a good way to tie down.
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  3. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,457

    Dont flat bed tow trucks use the winch to pull up and hold?
  4. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,169

    I have seen that all the time around here too. Then only chain the rear end, then tug it tight with the winch.
  5. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,749

    . . Yes, and it is not the correct way. Winch is only for pulling, once "up" your supposed to use a ratchet strap to hold it. I drove a tow truck for many years and was trained to do it like I mentioned, and always 2 chains or straps in the back, and 2 up front....4 point tiedown.
  6. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,431

    Yes tow drivers do it that way, called being lazy. I've seen stuff fall of also.
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  7. bow2no1

    bow2no1 Senior Member
    Messages: 338

    Can you give me a reference point in the manual?
    I was always told a winch is not anchor.
    I refuse to use it as one. Unfortunately some coworkers think otherwise.

    How about crossing chains on vehicles?
    I had to haul a ultra stretch infinity limo Saturday. I generally haul equipment.

    I ask because seems like the vehicle is not designed to be hauled with chains crossed.
  8. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,170

    When we used to drag race we always crossed the straps front and rear of the car. When I move equipment I cross the chains.

    Oh and remember to pay attention to clearances. :oops:
  9. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,749

    I'll look when I get home.
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  10. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,339

    crossing controls side slipping
  11. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,169