How To Make A Winch Ground Anchor [Step-By-Step Process]

While driving along, did your car’s wheel ever fall in a hole? In that situation, what is the best possible solution you find? That’s where an anchor comes into the picture if there’s no one around to help you.

Well, now that you’ve already got to know how important an anchor is. So it’s always a better choice to keep an anchor on hand so that you have assistance with you in any situation.

Now you can say that a DIY winch ground anchor is the best option if you don’t have other anchors around you. That’s why in this article, we’ll talk about how to make a homemade winch ground anchor that you can use with your 4×4. 

How To Make A Winch Ground Anchor

To make a winch ground anchor, you’ll need the following things:

  • 2 Round Stock (Preferably 1 Inch Diameter)
  • Gang Plate
  • Mud Plate (if your ground is too soft or muddy)

Now let’s get into the process of making a winch land anchor.

  • First of all, you have to weld an old arp head bolt on top of one of the steel’s round stock. It’ll give you a good grip whenever you need to pull something.
  • The next step is to create holes in the gang plate so that when you need the anchor, you can put those round stock into the hole.
  • However, the mud plate is an added option if your ground is too muddy or soft. And that’s all you need to make a winch ground anchor.

How Do You Anchor a Winch to the Ground?

Now that you’ve known how to make a winch ground anchor, you must be thinking about how you’ll be able to use the anchor. No, worries. Let’s understand the process of using this ground anchor.

Suppose you’re driving a truck that’s weighing about ten thousand pounds or even more. And all of a sudden, one of the truck’s wheel fall into a hole, and you need an anchor to pull it out of the hole.

You have to place the gang plate, keeping a decent amount of distance from the truck. Then put those two round stock into the hole as far as possible using a hammer.

Now by using a rope, pull the wheel, and see how smoothly the wheel comes out of the hole.  You didn’t even need to use a shovel!

However, if you don’t want to make a winch anchor on your own, you can try out a Pull Pal Winch Anchor. This is one of the best ground anchors for winching based on popular opinion.

What is Deadman Anchor?

It’s mostly dependent on the sort of ground you’re trapped in while constructing a ground anchor for winching purposes.

Grounds that are too soft will need digging very deep and straight down, with no slopes. Hard ground is challenging to drill a hole in, although it’s possible to use shallow holes in hard ground.

In its most basic form, a Deadman’s Anchor is a large log of wood, metal, spare tire, or sand glider that has been placed deep enough in the ground to serve as an anchor to winch your car out of the hole.

Again, before resorting to making a Deadman Anchor, consider digging out the soil from under the front tires. Then place some rubble for traction, moving back and forth to generate some momentum to haul yourself out.

However, you can try any other option that comes to mind before resorting to making a Deadman Anchor.

How to make a Deadman Anchor and Why it’s Called?

There’s no particular story behind the deadman anchor. However, there’re some rumors about the anchor.

For example, some believe survivors of early alpine accidents utilized their deceased companions for abseiling by burying them in the snow with a rope.

On the other hand, some claim the name comes from the fact that the digging seems similar to a grave.

Needless to say, Deadman anchors are particularly useful in snowy circumstances when trees or rocks aren’t easily accessible.

So to make a deadman anchor out of a log, do the following steps:

  • Make a trench on the ground.
  • Tightly wrap a webbing loop around the wood, making it long enough to peek out of the soil.
  • Place the log in the hole and cover it with dirt and soil.
  • Make certain that the soil is as compacted as possible.
  • Pass your rappelling rope through a rappel ring on the webbing loop.

Go through the video on YouTube to make your job facile.

How Do You Winch Out of Mud?

If you have a winch, attach it to your vehicle and loop the tow strap around a tree, or use a portable boat anchor if there’s a solid surface nearby. Use a winch rated for at least 30 percent of your vehicle’s weight.

Always attach your winch line to the truck’s frame or a recovery point that’s physically fastened to the frame (anchor points) while using a winch. Bumpers are prone to breaking and posing a projectile danger if they fall off.

Using a large object such as a coat to drape over the center of the tow strap can help prevent it from breaking and hurting persons or property. Passengers should always be at least a few car widths away from the vehicle at all times.


How do you winch without trees?

No worries if you can’t find any tree around you to winch; you can use an anchor attached to the ground to pull out anything. Make sure whatever anchor you use its strong enough to tolerate the weight you’ll put on.

How much weight can a ground stake hold?

They’re capable of holding 3,000 kN of weight. Moreover, they’re environment friendly.

How do you make an earth anchor?

It’s similar to the making process of a winch earth anchor. We have already written the whole process in this guide. Head over to the “How To Make A Winch Ground Anchor” section to know the entire process and you can add it to your recovery gear.

What is the purpose of a ground anchor?

It’s now common practice to use earth anchors to secure a wide range of heavy duty structures, including pile walls, sheet piles, mixed-in-place walls, and diaphragm walls. Ground anchors are an elegant anchor like, cost-effective, and most importantly, time-saving option for many construction projects.


Hopefully, so far, you’ve understood how to make a winch ground anchor. However, when you work with a earth bound anchoring, ensure its strong enough to bear all the weight.

Ricardo Vaughn
Ricardo Vaughn

Vaughn is a seasoned off-roading expert and professional winch specialist. When he's not out on the trails, he shares his knowledge and experiences through his writing as a blog author in the off-roading and outdoor lifestyle space.

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