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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-07-2004, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
 
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Just a quick winch question.

Kind of a newbie winch question, but I've been looking at electric winches lately and just had a question in regards to capacity. I'm looking to use it as a dual purpose reciever hitch style so it can be used with both my 76 jimmy and my cherokee. The Jimmy already has the receiver hitchs on front and rear and the Cherokee will be getting the front one installed soon, so that is why I am looking at a removable one. But what load capacity should I be looking at. The Cherry is light with not alot of add ons so I was assuming 8 or 9000 cap. The Jimmy has been stripped of a lot of excess weight, like the cap and other unneeded interior pieces. It will also be loosing it's front fenders, doors, and several inches off the rear once I finish shortening and bobbing it this winter. It also doesn't have really any additional trail gear that is adding weight. Would a 9,000 pounder suffice here?
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Re: Just a quick winch question.

Oh, and it is not like it is for anything extreme. Just get me out of the sticky situations that would normally require a tug from the front or rear.
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Re: Just a quick winch question.

I'm no expert on winches, but that sounds like it will be plenty for what you need... or even good enough in general.
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Re: Just a quick winch question.

The rule of thumb I have always heard was 1 1/2 times the weight of your vehicle.

Example: My Blazer is 6400lbs - I would prefer a 10k to 12k lbs winch - That is more than the 1 1/2 times however I would want the little extra in the case of really needing it or pulling dead weight.

Also, if your in an area close to a Interstate, perhaps try a weight station for exact weight on your Blazer!

Just my thoughts!
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Re: Just a quick winch question.

There are a lot of K5's at CK5 that use a 9000# winch on a regular basis... I think it would work fine. Yes idealy you could get one that is 1 1/2 times more etc... hell even twice as much, but if it means paying hundreds more, I'm just not sure it's worth it. It really depends on what you want/have to spend. I'll most likely go with something right around the 9000# range for my K5 when it comes time for me to start looking. 12000 would be nice, but it's going to depend on what the cost difference is between the 2, and I'm sure it's probably enough that I'll stick with the 9.
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Re: Just a quick winch question.

I agree whole heartedly! I don't know though, Warn has good winches yet the prices are so high!

Here's a Mile Marker 12,000lb Electric Winch for $588.99.

This one is the Mile Marker 9000lb electric winch for $474.99.

Personally, with such a small amount of difference in cost I would hit the 12k for the extra $114.

Mile Marker may be slower than a Warn, yet ask any woman and speed isn't always a factor in all things! the extra 3000lbs of pulling power or the speed to which it happens?


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Re: Just a quick winch question.

true, however, many people think that MM is junk...

I myself don't have a winch, so I don't have any opinions as to what is good or not. But, many who have been using them a lot over the years, or have owned a MM, say they suck. I have seen a few who were pleased with theirs.... it's like anything else I guess.

When it comes to something I don't have a lot of experience with, I tend to lean towards the opinions of those who do have the experience with 'em... what other choice do we really have? [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
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Re: Just a quick winch question.

I realy appreciate the input. I know that everyone has their opinions on what is best, but just trying to be practical also. I am seeing a 8,000 lb MM for 399 out of 4 wheel parts. The guys I ride with mainly run Warn, but one has a MM, mainly bcause he couldn't turn down the price either, but has the only complaint of it being slow. I could care less about the speed when looking at it as I am saving half the cost vs a warn and I can easily find a use for that money saved. At least I am retreiving myself and not having to worry about relying on someone else to tug me and give me sh*t about it later.
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Re: Just a quick winch question.

I hate to throw too much onto your plate.. but this may be worth checking into.

another winch


Here is a little quote from a guy who sells them in Austin, TX.

I just wanted to add that these winches are the real deal. They have ball bearing motors (which no other company uses), motor is a series wound 5.5 hp motor on these 2 winches. The gears or machined (most use cast gears). The line speeds are about the same as the top of the line Warns. The winches come from Australia. They have a distribution center in the Indiana. They are Promising waranty parts with in 2 days and they hope to have several waranty centers around the country soon. The new models have 6.6hp motors which makes them the most powerful motor on the market. These are really nice winches at any price much less at this price. They are definitely worth considering.

Anyway, he has a couple here for 500 locally.... it may be worth checking out at the very least.

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Re: Just a quick winch question.

Yeah - it's going to boil down to opinions! I dunno myself, I am in the same boat you are. Not having one says that I don't still know Warn, Ramsey or MM. When I was towing for a living all the trucks I ran had Ramsey winches on them (hydrualic.)

I guess it's going to be a very intensive research of which to get. Warn is the one though that seems to be out of the ballpark on price. I agree that the money saved can be allocated somewhere else though!

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