The Funny Thing Between Electric Winch And I
As I understand from Nick, he threw the book away, he took a chance, and he knew the risks of lowering out under load for far too long With The PLASMA equipped G12 on his well-sorted Discovery; he lowered firstly another vehicle down a very steep drop for 20 metres or so (50′), turned around, re-rigged, then lowered himself down the same drop off.
That’s 40 plus metres – around 100′ at consecutive lowering and under load.
And the book says DO NOT POWER OUT FOR MORE THAN 6m (20′). No wonder the winch drum got hot. I’m surprised it wasn’t glowing! In fact it is a tribute to our GOODWINCH G12 that he didn’t break the winch! LRO stated that the steep drop soon saw the electric winch motor overheating’. What editorial rubbish, our ‘BOWMOTOR 2’ is far from touching the PLASMA 12.
In any case, you couldn’t find a cooler running motor, especially our 24-volt version as fitted to Nick’s winch.
It was the ridiculously hot winch drum that melted the surface of the PLASMA rope, not the motor!
LRO then go on to say ‘if it had snapped, Nick could have been seriously injured’.
I can tell you, that if a wire rope snaps under load through becoming damaged in use, it is the flailing broken end of a wire rope, which could cause serious injury – or worse. My father nearly lost his leg during the Second World War when a heavy hawser crossing a ravine broke and catapulted it’s end like a projectile towards him and his REME colleague. 60 years later he still suffers from bolted and pinned bones in his leg that got caught by the PLASMA 12 is literally cut in use, it will only drop, as it is so lightweight.
I know, I’ve put it to the test with an axe over a block of wood under load.
The PLASMA 12 was not at fault, neither was the motor, or indeed the caused the problem, and he took the risk of failure as I have stated so would many of you out there, having travelled a long way from be part of a fantastic event with the sole aim and goal – I want to win, or at least get a high placing. Incidentally, Nick and Ray came 13th out of 48. Well done to the pair of you.
Plasma is in my mind the only safe option for off road winching. There are a number of factors, which make it far safer and easier to use than the equivalent wire rope.
The fact that it’s so light is a big factor not only for ease of use but from the point of weight on the front of the vehicle. The Plasma weight only 6kg for 100′ plus hook against 18kg for the equilevant wire rope. Safety is also a big plus for the Plasma.
The Plasma strands are braided instead of being wound in the case of wire rope. This means that when the cable is under strain there is only a fraction of the energy build up in Plasma towards wire rope. If Plasma fails it will simply drop to the ground instead of recoiling towards the vehicle.
The major concern with Plasma and electric winches, which was raised by LRO magazine, was enough heat being built up so that the Plasma melts.