FAQ - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Will the winch fit my vehicle?
The Bush Winch can be made to fit a wide range of vehicles. A list of the vehicles it will fit is provided on this web site. BWA will make winches to fit other vehicles too if there is a marketable demand for it. Actual fitment of the winch to your vehicle depends on the stud pattern of your vehicle and the specific shape of your wheel rim. Some wheel rims have deeply recessed wheel nuts and shapes which will prevent the Bush Winch from attaching.
2. Why can’t I use other rope, cable, chain or webbing strap with the Bush Winch?
A primary safety feature of the Bush Winch vehicle recovery system is the choice of rope. It has been specifically tested and matched for use with the Bush Winch. Its has a breaking strain of 2000kg or 3200kg depending on your choice and is designed to break first should excessive loads be experienced.
3. What happens if the winch rope breaks?
The Bush Winch uses a very high quality non-stretch rope winch rope and as such there is minimal recoil or back-lash should it break under load. It is always safer to stand to the side and well clear of the vehicle though. The rope can be repaired and reused by splicing eyes into each of the broken ends and rejoining them.
4. How strong are the wheel nuts?
The wheel nuts supplied with the Bush Winch are individually stronger then the winch rope used and Bush Winch itself. This is a design feature to help protect your vehicle from stripping the studs or losing the wheel nuts.
5. How vulnerable is my vehicle to damage by using the Bush Winch?
The Bush Winch recovery system in designed in several ways to minimize the chance of damage to your vehicle. In normal use the winch rope provided by BWA with the Bush Winch is the weakest point. This is a deliberate and important safety feature deigned to minimize any chance of damage occurring to your vehicle. The forces otherwise imposed on the vehicles transmission, wheel nuts, steering etc are well within the tolerances engineered into and experienced by your vehicle in normal use. We recommend using the back axle to winch for several reasons one of which is to further minimize any chance of damaging the vehicles steering system.
6. What warranty and/or guarantee does Bush Winches and Anchors Pty Ltd provide for its products?
BWA's products are manufactured for BWA following a diligent process of selection and testing. BWA extends the warranty provisions provided by these third party manufacturers for genuine claims relating to manufacturing or material faults. BWA does not accept any claim against the specific in-field performance of any of its products. The Bush Winch and the other related products of BWA's vehicle recovery system have some advantages and disadvantages compared to other products and vehicle recovery systems. There is an element of risk and judgment which you must make.
7. Will using the Bush Winch void my vehicle warranty?
Use of the Bush Winch is entirely at your own risk. The Bush Winch like many other aftermarket products attached or used with your vehicle will not be warranted by the vehicle manufacturer.
1. What happens if the anchor won't hold?
If the Bush Ground Anchor does not hold try it will slowly pull out of the ground at the rate you are winching. Try different positions and angles of pull. The closer the anchors are to each other the more they share the load.
2. Can I use other anchors along with the Bush Ground Anchor?
Any other vehicle or natural anchor e.g. a tree, rock or post can be used as anchors points for the Bush Winch. If finding a secure anchor point is a problem you can use the Bush Ground Anchor in combination with any other anchor. The choice of anchor for its strength and location is largely dependent on your position and predicament.
3. Do I have to screw the Ground Anchor all the way into the ground and use the Spade each time?
An anchor not screwed all the way into the ground is vulnerable to bending. The spade does not have to be used if the ground conditions are firm enough but otherwise supports the shaft of the ground anchor as well as assisting with ground holding.
1. How strong is the Bush Guide?
The Bush Guide is stronger then the Winch rope supplied and will therefore accept a very considerable load in any direction although it is not designed as a towing point or to drag the vehicle sideways with.
2. Can I use the Bush Guide as wheel mounted winch
The Bush Guide is not designed as a winch and should only be used in an useful aid to the Bush Winch recovery operations.
1. Can I use the Bush Bridle Rope as a winch rope?
No. The Bridle Rope is stronger then the Bush Winch itself and therefore if you use it as a winch rope you risk damaging the winch.
2. Can I use the Bridle Rope for other purposes?
The Bridle Rope is very high quality, very strong rope which is light weight and floats in water. It can be used for many purposes in the same manner as a lot of rope can. It is very strong and has no measurable stretch so it is acts more like a chain does under tension then other cheaper more elastic ropes. It cannot be used as a "snatch strap" but makes a very good tow rope.
3. Can is use the Shackle and Roller as a pulley?
Because the Bush Winch uses the vehicles engine for power you never need to use a pulley for winching purposes. The shackle and roller can however be used as pulley for any other practical purpose within their rated load limits.