For those unfamiliar with the tools of the great outdoors, a winch is a device that uses a spool, a length of cable, usually braided steel, and some type of hook to aid in various tasks. The most common use of a winch on a 4X4 is to help it get out of a stuck situation. Should your Bronco get stuck in the mud or fail to overcome a large rock, release the winch cable and hook it to something sturdy, such as a sturdy tree, to allow the winch to pull it to freedom.
Winches come with different power and cable types and can be installed in different locations. For an off-road Bronco, the front bumper is ideal. Not only can he get himself out of a tricky situation, but you can also help a friend by getting him to safety. Winches can also be set as tools. For example, in an emergency, a winch can help to remove a fallen limb from somewhere or to drag a heavy object out of a body of water.
The Drive Comments that winches can be electric, which is helpful because the Bronco comes with auxiliary switches for accessories, or hydraulic, which run from a power steering pump. Costs range from about $350 to $900 and some of the most popular brands are Warn and Superwinch.