If you’re an avid off-road enthusiast, or your route to work includes rough and muddy terrain, where the odds of getting stuck are pretty high, then you should consider investing into some recovery equipment. With so many pieces of equipment available, deciding which one is best for you can be somewhat confusing. That being said, the best way to decide which one is right for you is by figuring out your budget, and whether you’re looking for something that operates with a simple mechanism, such as recovery tracks or high-lift jacks, or something slightly more complicated, like a winch. Here’s a quick rundown on the most popular pieces of 4×4 recovery gear.
Perhaps the most popular 4×4 recovery gear are the recovery tracks. They’re relatively easy to use, affordable and portable. All of these qualities make them ideal for almost every situation. Sometimes people opt to use them as back-up recovery equipment, alongside either a winch, or a high-lift jack. MAXTRAX are the most popular recovery tracks manufacturers and they have various different models made of different materials. Regardless, all recovery tracks provide a firm ground with large cleats with teeth that provide traction to help your vehicle build momentum and get out of a slippery situation. High-quality recovery tracks are made of UV-stabilised, flexible and engineering-grade reinforced nylon.
Recovery winches are the most advanced method to perform vehicle recovery. When looking to buy a recovery winch, you should consider the pull rating of the motor, the type of motor and the line length. You can pick between two types of motors: series wound and permanent magnet. Series wound are the more popular type, because they work consistently in all conditions. The pull rating of the motor indicates how much weight the winch can pull, and how much tensile strength the cable has. Keep in mind that with every line of cable the pull rating decreases.
High-lift jacks are the most versatile pieces of recovery equipment. However, they can be extremely dangerous in the hands of inexperienced users. The high-lift jack has very high lifting capacity, is very durable and is available in multiple heights. When using a high-lift jack on an uneven surface, make sure you have a flat base, as it will help even out the pressure on the ground. Moreover, do some dry testing before you use it in a real scenario in order to get a grip on how it works.