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Old 10-02-2012, 03:52 PM   #1
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I was looking for a winch for my TJ and came arcoss hydraulic winchs. I figure it would be more powerful then an electric winch. Is this true. I also figure to get the power to the winch is at the expense of the motor you would loose power from the motor just like and A/C pump. What are the pros and cons of electric and hydraulic winches. The one thing i dont like about hydraulic is the motor has to be running.

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Old 10-02-2012, 04:13 PM   #2
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Hydraulic winches are slow and they don't have the heating issue if used for long period of time like an electric one, but as you pointed out the motor has to be running to use it, which is really the case for electric one because they can draw a battery down quick if your not careful. Also in general you can get a electric one easier and cheaper then a hydraulic. The other thing is that the only hydraulic one that I know of was made by Mile Marker and from what I've been told they stopped making them, so you will only find them used.

There is another option with electric's winches and that is going to a worm gear drive system over the standard plantatry drive, but the catch with the worm gear drive models is that they start off arounn $1500 and up.

Hopes this helps Jason.

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Not to mention the cost of the "wet kit" you have to install on your engine to provide the hydraulic power in the first place. Not worth the effort in a "consumer grade" application.

I have installed several wet kits on larger applications to drive numerous loads. Cost effective when you need more HP than can be provided by electric sources.
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