2-15. Operation of Front Winch.
a. General. Many of the trucks covered in this manual may be equipped with a front winch,
snatch block, and tow chain which can be used for recovering heavy objects or rigged for lifting.
Some winches are provided with a level winding device so that winch cable is wound on the
drum in tight, even layers. Winch load capacity is 20,000 pounds.
Never operate winch without the regular aluminum shear pin. Never substitute
rivets. pins or bolts for the regular shear pin.
It is important that the truck be firmly anchored in place before starting any heavy
lifting or recovery operation. If possible, anchor the rear of the truck to a fixed
object nearby, using an anchor cable.
Proper alinement of front winch with the object being recovered is required to
insure proper winding of winch cable. Position recovery truck and the object being
recovered in as direct a line as possible. Refer to FM 20-22 for general instructions
covering vehicle recovery and towing operations.
b. Unwinding Winch Cable Manually.
(1) Place the truck so that winch is in
a direct line with the object to be recovered.
(2) Set the parking brake (3) and
place transmission gearshift lever (1) and
winch control lever (2) in N (neutral).
Engage hinged winch control lever lock.
On wrecker models, set service
brakes with the electric brake