Choosing the Right Winch Bars: Differences and Best Uses
Are you using the right winch straps and bars? Winch bars are an integral part of using winch straps effectively and ensuring cargo is secure. But not all winch bars are the same and each is best suited for different situations. Choosing the right bars can provide proper leverage to create an even tighter, more secure hold for peace of mind and reduced chances of cargo loss.
Winch bars also work with winch straps to make the unloading process easier by allowing for the simple release of ties versus other methods of securing loads that require more time and effort. These security and ease advantages make bars a necessity for load hauling.
In this blog, we’ll discuss the different types of winch bars, their different uses and other factors that can help you choose the best options for your truck and cargo.
Winch Bar Types
Standard Style Winch Bars
These winch bars are standard because their design works well with web winches made of synthetic materials – which are some of the most common. Standard winch bars combine a kind of arrow or mushroom tipped end with a grip designed to reduce slippage for a comfortable, easy-to-use bar that works well with corresponding web winches with a standard design.
Combination Design Winch Bars
Combo bars come in two different types: standard and square. Standard and square refer to the type of head that each style has. Both types have a solid end, not open like a standard winch bar, which is slightly turned.
This difference in angle is what slows down the force of a rapidly recoiling bar which is what makes combo bars safer. Both types are also superior to standard bars because of their ability to work with not only synthetic winch straps but also binders made of chain.
Between the two head types, the square style offers greater protection. This head shape can further minimize the force of a bar when tension is released on the winch straps. Flatbed trailer drivers will especially appreciate this advantage during times when conditions are not ideal and the winching process must be sped up due to lack of time. Added protection from a square style head can help reduce the chances of errors when a driver or crew is rushed.
Ergo Style Winch Bars
If winch bars could ever be considered premium or luxurious, Ergo winch bars would be the gold standard. Ergo, or ergonomic, bars have several design features that not only make them stronger but also less stressful on your joints to use.
It’s little surprise that the process of winching and securing loads can put a strain on a person’s muscles, back, arms and other key body parts. With Ergo winch bars, an angle in the design allows the handle and head of the bar to stay positioned in such a way that optimal leverage is achieved.
Ergo’s ability to rotate in a full circle also ensures that you can move the bar how you need it as opposed to twisting yourself into tight and awkward positions no matter how your winch straps need to be tightened.
This optimal ease of use is combined with reinforced construction that ensures the bar will be able to stand up to jobs for longer than standard bars. The Ergo design style winch bars are also available in each of the other head types: standard and both of the combo bar styles.
Related article: What You Need to Know About Winches for Flatbed Trailers
Winch Straps How to Use Safely
While winch bars from Toronto Trailers offer several safety options and features, the tension when releasing winch straps can be very powerful. This makes it imperative that you follow certain safety standards with all bar types – even ones considered safer. This includes:
- Allow space for the bar’s kickback by standing to the side when releasing winch straps
- Weight your line either with a line dampener made especially for the purpose or with something like a wet towel in a pinch. Dampening a line will help slow it down during recoil and force the line to the ground versus whipping through the air.
- Be aware of what your winch straps, bars, and shackles can and cannot do to avoid using too much or too little weight with them.
- Work slowly and deliberately. Most injuries and damage caused by recoil during winching are due to working too quickly and not taking precautions.
- Ensure all your equipment is clean and not worn out before attempting to use it. A fraying winch strap or cracked shackle can spell disaster if they pushed beyond their limit with a heavy load.
Making Winching Even Easier with Premium Accessories
While choosing the right bars to go with your winch straps is important, there is a variety of other accessories you can load onto your truck to make winching easier and safer, including:
Keep Winch Straps Organized with a Winder
One of the keys to keeping your winch straps in good shape is ensuring that the straps are not exposed to excessive wear by improper storage. With a winding device, you can more easily recoil your straps for safe storage.
Gain Optimal Tightening with Ratcheting Caps
Attach a ratcheting cap to any winch bar to get tighter winch straps with less effort. The ratcheting feature means you can tighten as you go while saving the step of taking the winch bar out to do so.
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