If you have never bought an automotive winch or have not been out comparing models in a while, you might be surprised to see that some modern units now have remote controllers. This is a great addition to the winches as it provides you with better functionality and convenience when you need to get your vehicle unstuck in the middle of nowhere. Below, discover the different advantages you can expect from a winch with a remote controller.
Operate your winch from one fixed position
Normally, when a driver is using a winch to pull their vehicle out of a stuck position, they are forced to shuffle back and forth as they input winch commands and then step back out of the way or as they get back inside the vehicle to steer. This to and fro movement can fatigue you easily and lead to wastage of considerable time. With a remote controller in hand, you are able to operate your winch from a fixed position, either inside the vehicle or outside.
Keep a safe distance from the stuck area
Most areas where your vehicle is likely to get stuck are usually uncomfortable sites to stand around in, e.g. swampy areas, muddy areas, steep slopes, rocky terrains, etc. When operating the winch, therefore, a remote controller allows you to keep a safe distance from the scene. This also saves you from getting hit by rocks or getting splashed by mud or dirty water from under the wheels as the vehicle lunges forward and the wheels spin vigorously.
Reduce risk of winch-related injuries due to reduced handling
Another benefit of having a remote controlled winch is that you are at a lower risk of injuring yourself when operating the device. Winches are high-powered tools with possible risks involved during operation, e.g. cable snapping or cable recoil—incidents that can injure you if you're operating the winch the time. A remote controller limits the level of direct handling required on the winch, thus saving you from such incidents.
Monitor the winch pull from afar and regulate accordingly
Lastly, a remote controller device enables you to operate the winch more effectively and get your vehicle unstuck faster. This is because the controller lets you monitor the winch pull from a distance, either behind the wheel or outside. From these positions, you can evaluate the winch action and regulate the pull in real time via the remote to allow a safer, faster, and more effective pull.
Even if you do not buy or do not possess a winch with a remote controller, you can buy the controller separately and have it installed on the winch. Most go for about AUD50-100 and are very easy to fit.