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Electric 42 87.50%
Hydrolic 6 12.50%
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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-03-2002, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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Poll : Winch Electric or Hydrolic?

Wondering what every one prefers??

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Re: Poll : Winch Electric or Hydrolic?

The last hydraulic winch I saw was s........l........o........w! [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: Poll : Winch Electric or Hydrolic?

I vote electric. If need be, they can be run independent of the engine (for a short time until your batteries die).
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Re: Poll : Winch Electric or Hydrolic?

Electric on a receiver mount so that it doesnt' have to stay on the CJ all the time. That way I can leave it at home in the garage when I get stuck and really need it. [img]images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]

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Re: Poll : Winch Electric or Hydrolic?

would have to say Electric, so that you can run it without the engine on. Like getting the Jeep on a trailer if it poops out on you.
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Re: Poll : Winch Electric or Hydrolic?

It depends completely on what you expect of it. Almost everyone will say electric, and they're right for what almost everyone uses a winch for - getting someone unstuck or rolled over, or pulling a log off the trail. Electrics are easy to install, available from many sources and manufacturers, relatively cheap, and they do the job.

They are not the tool for long, hard pulls - several tons for several hours. There a mechanical shaft drive from a PTO is tops, and a hydraulic is a very close second, with some advantages and some disadvantages.

That gets to a side choice - the hydraulics driven from the power steering pump. I've never even seen one, much less worked one, but I am pretty skeptical of them. The amount of power available from the PS pump is limited by the belt drive and the size of the reservoir - two of the three limitations of an electric, actually, the third being motor temperature.

My guess - only a guess, but a well-informed guess - is that they are similar in capability to an electric, with some advantages and some disadvantages.
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Re: Poll : Winch Electric or Hydrolic?

I agree. We have a PTO driven winch on an old Jeep pickup and it is a stump puller. If you can keep the Jeep from being dragged forward, it will pull whatever it is attached to. I also have a friend up in Rapid City with one on his M-38 and it is a beast.

I need a winch for my CJ and I am looking strongly at putting a hydrolic winch on it. I have a buddy with a pump and resivoir that we are going to mount anyways just for fun! I thought it would be cool to have a set of pioneer end quick couplers comming out of my grille! For those times when you need to unfold a set of sweeps or an anhydrous tool bar or something on the farm.
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Re: Poll : Winch Electric or Hydrolic?

For overall what most wheelers use a winch for I would have to say electric... it is quick, gives you power when you need it (ie if your engine goes), and is easy to install and as was previously mentioned can be switched from front to rear or even removed if mounted with a receiver.

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Re: Poll : Winch Electric or Hydrolic?

And there's something wrong with your survey. The results show 18.85% and 3.14% with 21 votes. Huh?
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Hi, i have an Hydrolic, and its Great!

The only Real Disadvantage is that i cant use the 4x4 and the winch at the same time [img]images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]

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