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magicman37 01-24-2011 10:15 PM

Thoughts, pictures, anything... tell me about your winch. Winches in general which is the best, which is the most economically smart, which ones might as well be hood orniments and maybe even stories of winching yourself and others out of sticky situations.

Ready... GO!

shrubeck 01-26-2011 12:26 AM

See my link in the other winch thread today.

Plumber1 01-26-2011 02:18 AM

My Warn 8000 is over 20 years old and has been on 3 different vehicles, and is still working like a champ. There is more than price to consider when buying a winch. Like winch rating and line speed, now some will say speed does not matter. Well it does matter to a point, some will say that most times I only need to move the jeep a foot or so to free it. That part is true, but if the tree you need to hook to is 70' away you will need to rewind 70+ feet of winch line. If others behind you have been held up while you spool out winch line after trying to free yourself for the last 30 minutes before you decide to winch out, then wait for you to rewind your 70' of winch line you will wish you had a faster winch, or if this is the 3rd time you had to winch in the same day. Also do not go smaller than 8000 lbs, and you will also need a tree trunk protector, a few D-ring shackles and maybe a snatch block, and gloves.

This is my second Warn and it has never let me down.

shrubeck 01-26-2011 10:03 AM

Line speed certainly can be a convenience, but don't let that keep you from getting a winch. I would rather have a slow winch than no winch at all. Say you're wheeling alone and get stuck. It takes a lot less time to spool in 70 feet of cable on a slow winch than it does to hike 5 miles to cell service, wait 2 hours for your buddy to arrive, drive an hour in to where you're stuck, and pull your Jeep out. Ask me how I know.

Reliability is more important than line speed. Of course if you buy a Warn you get both..

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