Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Belleville, Illinois
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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.