A winch control switch is an actuator used to engage the various functions of an electric winch. Winch control switches are generally found directly mounted to the winch itself. It is also possible to connect a remote control switch to the winch.
This allows the winch to be activated from the inside of a vehicle with a winch mounted on either the front or back of the vehicle. Most winches have an out function which allows the cable in the winch to unroll freely and a in function that reels the cable back in; thereby, pulling the object being moved towards the anchor point.