Different Types of Drivetrains found in Winches

Winches are the fastest growing product in the off road industry. While the general premise of off road recovery and utilities remains the same, new advancements in winch technology make choosing the right winch more difficult than one might suspect.

Here we will take a closer look at some of the parts that make up the winch, taking to consideration more technical factors that usually go overlooked when finally deciding on a purchase.

Hand winches (Also known as “ กว้านมือ “ in the Thai Language) come in different drivetrain, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.

Here are the 3 types of drivetrains most commonly found in winches:

Spur Gear: The basic design of Spur Gear winch dates back to the 1960s, but it still remains a practical option at this time. Spur gear winches excel to provide dependable winching with a faster line speed than other types of drivetrain.

Worm Gear: Worm gear are used in holding heavy loads, making them ideal for industrial and workman applications – you’ll find lots of tow trucks equipped with Worm Gear drivetrains. 

Planetary Gear: Planetary gear offer middle-ground line speed and hold the load, which is more than enough to handle most any situation. Their more compact and lightweight composition makes them the most cost efficient of the three types of drivetrain.