Tips For Using Your Winch

(Some tips DO NOT apply to the ATV winches)

  • Keep the winch clean. This will prolong the working life of the winch.
  • Check the winch cable for frayed, kinked or damaged areas. Immediately replace worn or frayed cable. Winch damage or personal injury could occur if cable integrity is compromised.
  • Use (or test) the winch on a regular basis (once a month) to keep the winch in good working order. Power the cable out 15 meters, free spool 5 meters, and then power back in.
  • Check all connections for corrosion. Clean the corroded areas and test the winch for proper operation.

  • The Power System:

    Atlas® winches are powered by a 12 volt DC electrical system.

    A 650CCA Battery is the recommended minimum for winch use. (Smaller amperage battery will cause the electrical system of the winch to over heat and malfunction.) The ground cable must be connected to the lower pole on the motor as shown in the wiring schematic below. For normal self-recovery work, your existing electrical system is adequate. A fully charged battery and proper connections are essential. You must run the vehicle engine during winching operation to keep the battery charged.

    Electrical Connections:

    Pay close attention to the schematics below for proper cable connection.

  • The short red with the red jacket cable "B" connects to the red terminal "B" of the motor.
  • The short black cable with the yellow jacket cable "C" connects to the yellow terminal "C" of the motor.
  • The short black cable with the black jacket cable "D" connects to the yellow terminal "D" of the motor.
  • The thin black cable "a" connects to the bottom terminal "A" of the motor.
  • The long black cable (negative cable) connects to terminal "a" of the motor. The other end connects to the negative (-) terminal of the battery.
  • The long red cable positive (+) from the control box connects to the positive (+) cable of the battery.
  • For operations where the vehicle winch will be subjected to high water conditions (fording water hazards); a battery disconnect switch should be installed in line with the main positive cable. This will help avoid electrical shorts in the vehicle's electrical system.


  • Your battery must be kept in good condition.
  • Be sure battery cables are not drawn taught across any surfaces, which could possibly damage them.
  • Corrosion on electrical connections will reduce performance or may cause a short.
  • Clean all connections especially in remote control switch and receptacle.
  • In salty environments use a silicone sealer to protect from corrosion.