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Old 07-28-2012, 07:49 AM   #1
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Boat Trailer Winch?

Just been thinking about a portable winch for the rear. Seems that the major complaints are weight, mounting, storage, etc.

So I found this at Northern Tools. It occurs to me that if mounted so that it could fit into the trailer hitch, it might do in a pinch. Certainly not as a primary winch, but for an emergency pull, with a snatch block, you're talking 6400 lbs of pulling power with an inexpensive, lightweight winch you could store just about anywhere. What's the verdict on this bright idea?

Dutton-Lainson 3200 lb 2-speed winch for horizontal pulling applications. High carbon steel heat-treated gears, permanently lubricated bearings, reversible ratchet, ergonomic handle grip. Quick-attach handle allows easy change from high speed to low gear, for heavier loads. Zinc TUFFPLATE finish. Handle included.


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Old 07-28-2012, 08:13 AM   #2
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It wouldn't be fun but it would work, especially if you could find a bigger one

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Old 07-28-2012, 10:02 AM   #3
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That's the biggest I could find for a hand winch.

No, wouldn't be fun. I thought about this instead, again mounted on the trailer hitch:

Superwinch 12 Volt DC Utility Winch — 3000-Lb. Capacity


At only 22.3 lbs, weight isn't much of an issue, but there's still the storage issue. With a snatch block, you've got about the same pulling power, and it's only $70 more than the hand winch.
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Old 07-28-2012, 02:43 PM   #4
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I thought about that when I was driving my 2 wd Mazda PU in the woods by myself.... There are some of those Boat winches with the handle that spins horizonal , lots of gear reduction.
Then I found these Come A Longs..... Nice, now if I just had the extra coins.

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Old 07-28-2012, 04:06 PM   #5
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How much is that?
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Couple hunert bucks.....Whats $$$$$$$$$$$ to Jeeperz ????? "BH"

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Old 07-28-2012, 09:21 PM   #7
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watch the ratings

When you look at the boat winches be sure to watch the ratings. A lot of them rate them as the load they will pull up a 15 degree ramp, etc. So, it isn't really a 3200 lb pull on the line.

You might be better off with a come along or ratchet hoist. There are a lot of options. Even a highlift jack appropriately configured can do an amazing amount of extraction.

Also, typicall going backwards is a lot harder than going frontwards. Just ends up with a lot more pull. But then, if you are getting stuck you often don't want to get further in but want to be back. And it is pretty tough to do a reverse pull with a front mounted winch.
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Old 07-29-2012, 09:16 AM   #8
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Excellent point. Thanks.

I'm leaning toward the power one I showed above. At $179 and 23 lbs, it's cheap enough and light enough to use as a backup. Plus, you can certainly combine it with a highlift jack and then finally, a reverse pull.

It also has the added advantage of being able to be taken off and used in your workshop for heavy loads like lumber (or, in my case, picking up a motorcycle).

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