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Old 11-02-2011, 03:24 AM   #1
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Question Getting dragged by your own winch?

If you're trying to winch someone out who's REALLY stuck, is it possible to drag yourself rather than pull them? Even with the brake applied?

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Old 11-02-2011, 03:33 AM   #2

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the object with the most rolling resistance wins - provided the cable doesn't snap. I've also seen some bumpers with bolt-on shackle mounts - seems like a good idea to stay out of slingshot range...

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Old 11-02-2011, 06:00 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Piper54
the object with the most rolling resistance wins - provided the cable doesn't snap. I've also seen some bumpers with bolt-on shackle mounts - seems like a good idea to stay out of slingshot range...
Always lay a coat or blanket, or towel over cable when winching, takes the "twang" out if it snaps! And yes it is very possible to drag yourself, I was pulling bushes the other day for my buddy, had to set 4x4 and set brake, and angle tires
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Old 11-02-2011, 06:02 AM   #4
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Lay it where??? What do you mean? Can you elaborate where and how please?
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Old 11-02-2011, 06:29 AM   #5
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In the center works best. It isnt an exact science, but having a heavy coat on there will make things a lot safer.
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Old 11-02-2011, 06:31 AM   #6
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Please learn safe winch practices before using it. Learn how to use leverage and snatch blocks. Also anchor the winch vehicle if necessary.

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Old 11-02-2011, 06:49 AM   #7

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Yes, it is possible for the jeep that is doing the winching to move towards the stuck Jeep. As stated if you can tie off the winch jeep to a tree with a tow strap for added support. If no trees then to another jeep.
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Old 11-02-2011, 06:58 AM   #8
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Yup, 100% possible. I got stuck enough over the weekend, and being the only heavy JKU, it took two JKs, one winching the other, to pull me out. Had attempted to use a tree saver to tie off, but there were no trees thick enough to tie onto. Of course the flip side of that was when anyone else got stuck, i could simply set my parking brake and get out to watch as they used me as an anchor to winch out.

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Old 11-02-2011, 07:36 AM   #9
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Of course. In high school I had a '66 Toyota Land Cruiser pickup with a Ramsey PTO winch. I was asked to pull a guy out with an F250 out of the lake off end of boat ramp. I told him to be sure he anchored to the frame not his bumper. He didn't listen. At first we just drug down towards him. We then chained a Blazer to the back of the LC. We continued to pull until I tore his front bumper off. He was really pissed but he was the one who hooked it up. I was pissed too because it had straightened out my hook and it cost me $5 to replace.
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Old 11-02-2011, 07:40 AM   #10
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in this picture i have my front bumper against a tree, while i winch sneck up and over a rock ledge.

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Old 11-02-2011, 07:54 AM   #11
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Here's a FJ40 getting winched out at Rausch Creek. I have a double line (using a snatch block) on a Warn 16.5K. I also have wheel chocks under both my rear wheels. I couldn't immediately figure out why I was slowly sliding towards the FJ. He had a large boulder behind his front tire and the pull point was below that, with the winch wanting the truck to tull into two peices. I had him lift the HiLift the front up a tad and it came down easily. His tcase was destroyed on the obstacle, good thing he had trailered it to the event.
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Old 11-02-2011, 08:06 AM   #12
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Deffinatly possible. I keep a set of wheel chocks in my jeep when I know there is a chance I might have to use the winch.
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Old 11-02-2011, 08:28 AM   #13
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If the unstuck vehicle is sliding, a trick we use in the oilfields is to quite winching and put the unstuck in 4 low reverse and spin your tires and dig it down or bury it in the ground. This works in mud or sand pretty good then pull the stuck vehicle out. Sometimes it helps to keep digging( spinning your wheels) with the unstuck vehicle while you are winching. Then sometime when the stuck vehicle gets out he may have to snub or hold you as you may now be stuck also. Start winching and driving forward at the same time as he snubs you and you should pop out of the holes you have dug. This can work very nicely when there is nothing around to snub the unstuck vehicle to. Chock blocks also work great if you can get them to dig in.
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:02 AM   #14
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A Pull-Pal could also be used to anchor the unstuck vehicle.

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