Survival Saturday: Making a “Flip-Flop” winch

I have used a HiLift jack to winch a stuck vehicle, 2 agonizingly slow feet at a time. This one makes that look like an efficient process, but I would gladly take an electric WARN over either option. That said, if you have nothing but a rope, this is an ingenious primitive contraption. I had never seen anything like it.

The speaker is not the most dynamic, so you might want to jump around. Seeing how the winch works is the important thing. It is a nifty technique to file away. You never know when it might come in handy.

For those of you unfamiliar with a HiLift jack, it is one of the most ubiquitous and versatile tools in the offroad community. Here is how you winch with one:

Like I said. A tedious process.



  1. cmeat says:

    “releasing the tension is the reverse of this process.” i feel safe in not finishing at that point.
    really neat trick, though.
    seems like he was in the line of fire a lot, even while talking about the danger.

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