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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-14-2003, 12:28 PM
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hydraulic winches VS electric ones

Have you seen the Milemarker DVD catalog ?
It is impressive to see how WARN, Ramsey and Superwinch ( and even the own Milemarker electric winches) fail under difficult loads.
ANY EXPERIENCES WITH MILE-MARKER HYDRAULIC WINCHES ?
If there are no hands on opinions i think im going to buy one even though it means upgrading my OEM power-steering pump !!

please answer if you know about I NEED INPUT !!

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Re: hydraulic winches VS electric ones

i have only seen one in action and it was as slow as christmas. i would not want one. what if you need to whinch while your rig isn't running? i have done it several times. again i would not want one.
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Re: hydraulic winches VS electric ones

I have to agree that my only experience with Milemarker is observing another person use his. It was extremely slow in comparison to my Warn 9000. I'd go with Warn again if I had it to do over.
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Re: hydraulic winches VS electric ones

Thanks for the advise... I stay with one of those new WARN 9.5i thermometrics.
Any comment on that new WARN?
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Re: hydraulic winches VS electric ones

Yep, the milemarker's are slow as a snail when in low, but they pull like hell, are reliable and don't overheat. If I were doing rocks I would definitely go with an electric, but for the stucks I usually get into, big mud holes, it's great. Another bad part is that it defaults to the steering, so if you turn the wheel while winching, it stops winching until you quit turning the wheel. [img]images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] But it's saved me a few times and was about 1/2 the price of an 8274, so I'm happy.
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Re: hydraulic winches VS electric ones

I do not like the idea of not being able to use a Hydro if the Jeep is off. When I get a winch it will be electric. No question. I want to be able to use it when ever I want. Not just when the jeep is running without truning the wheels.
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Re: hydraulic winches VS electric ones

Mile Marker does make a 2-speed hydraulic winch. There is also a kit for a 12/24V electric motor to spin a hydraulic pump so the winch can be used with the engine off.
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Re: hydraulic winches VS electric ones

My dad's been trying to talk me into a PTO winch for a couple years now. It's because that's what HE had when he owned his 1960 CJ5. They are tough, but hey, I already have 2 drivelines and don't want a third! [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] However, he does make one convincing argument: they puller harder than electric winches and if your engine goes dead, you can wind it over with the starter and you HAVE an electric winch. However, I've never really liked that idea. Sounds like a good way to lose a starter to me.

Electrics are probably the easiest to install, have the fewest extraneous parts and are most common. Just my .02 cents.
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Re: hydraulic winches VS electric ones

1. Me, I like 'em both... however that said..
2. Installing a hydraulic winch is a major PITA,
3. Lots of hydraulic pump issues with the install.
4. Once done right they pull all day, no sweat,
5. As long as the engine runs.
6. They are lighter.
7. With an electric winch,
8. You've put a lot of weight on the front end (if it's installed there).
9. For most applications it's not a problem, but
10. If it's a DD you're going to pay for it in fuel costs.
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Re: hydraulic winches VS electric ones

We put one on my brother inlaws FJ40 a couple of years ago. Its smoothe and quiet. He has the two speed hydraulic, Like Leve said its a PITA tho install. We even done the backup pump to boot and by the time you have all your hoses ran, your out of room under the hood and thats with the back up pump under the front seat. Every time we fix a leak at one connection, we get another elsewhere. It's nice when your actually using it but I'd save myself some money and time, go with the electric because in the end with the hydraulic, you still need dual batteries to run the back up pump if the motor dies...
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