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How Does A Hydraulic Winch Work

Electric winches use power directly from generator sets. Hydraulic winches on the other hand use fluid power to work which utilizes hydraulic systems and a motor pump between the generator set and the winch. Hydraulic winch is the better option for vessels that need to move very heavy cargo.

For winches on ships, the size of the vessel will help determine the type of winch to get. A hydraulic winch is the best option for larger vessels because of the size of hydraulic system equipment and is often very heavy. Hydraulic winches is the better option for vessels that need to move very heavy cargo.

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Aicrane Hydraulic Winch

Hydraulic Winch Parameters:

Load capacity: 20 ton – 100 ton

Drum capacity: 200m- 1000m

Speed: ≤15m/min

No. of drum: single or double

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When choosing a hydraulic winch, you will have to consider the electric systems that will control the winch. The controls of the hydraulic winch include control panel displays, joysticks, switches and push buttons. This can make the system that operates the winch complex and it is important to get one whose wheelhouse controls, remote stations and local winch controls are automated and working as they should. You also want to get a hydraulic winch whose parts you can replace easily. The winch will often wear at the fluid and mechanical interfaces as well as rings and seals. You need to be able to get the spare parts easily as these parts will require to be replaced periodically when they wear out.

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Hydraulic Waterfall Type Winch

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You also need to consider the installation of a hydraulic winch and its related system. Some of the equipment and systems that you have to install include piping, hydraulic components, fittings among other additional equipment.

Some of the benefits of using a hydraulic winch is that it is likely to last for long as it is very durable. With proper care and maintenance such as replacing worn out parts, a hydraulic winch will serve you for a very long time. It has the capacity to operate very heavy loads especially for those that an electric winch does not have the capacity for. They also work continuously as long as the engine is running. We usually advise electric winches to be used for smaller projects, as without electric supply, it will not function. For hydraulic winch, it can work for long periods of time as long as the engine is working. Especially during ship launching and vessel upgrading projects, when the tide situation plays a role in the project operation, the winch may be required to perform consistently at longer periods of time. In that case, heavy vessels usually involve hydraulic-powered winches.