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Old 01-20-2013, 11:15 PM   #1
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what size fuse?

just bought a Smity built 8k# winch, the instructions say just hook leads to battery, shouldn't the postive be fused? and what size fuse do I need to use?

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Your thinking is sound, normally any load connection to a battery would be fused, but I don't think winches are. The application is simular to the starter, you are going to have a very heavy draw and would need a very large fuse.

If you want to do one read the specifications on the winch, they should tell you the draw. Size the fuse maybe 25% higher. Carry plenty of spares.

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Your thinking is sound, normally any load connection to a battery would be fused, but I don't think winches are. The application is simular to the starter, you are going to have a very heavy draw and would need a very large fuse.

If you want to do one read the specifications on the winch, they should tell you the draw. Size the fuse maybe 25% higher. Carry plenty of spares.
Agreed. Go to your local stereo shop, and buy an in-line fuse holder like they use for bigger amplifiers, etc. Stinger makes a good one. They hold glass bus fuses that you can buy in fairly high amps.
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