why electric???? Hydraulic seems much better
See i disagree.
I think a hydraulic winch is better than electric in every way.
EXCEPT for the fact you cant run a Hydraulic without the engine running.
But you CAN run a hydraulic under any other situation.
You cant run an electric under water.
and i have been stuck in water and mud alot more times then i have just had my engine die on me.
and even if the engine did die, and i had an electric winch, i would only get MAYBE a minute of pulling before i killed my battery, and THEN i would really be screwed because i wouldnt be able to start me car again once i got it free.
the bottom line is this. Both are designed to be run with the engine on and running. When this isnt possible the electric does have the advantage of a short pull before it dies and leaves you stranded. But apart from that, the hyd. is better in every way excpet for possible rewind speed.
A hyd winch can pull all day long at full load without even flinching. An electric is great for short quick pulls but anything longer than a minute or 2 and you overheat and burn it up.
Electric winches have consumable components.. relays, brushes, windings, wiring... all of which can need frequent replacing and service.
Hydraulic winches have nothing but power steering fluid to worry about. use them all day every day and never have to replace anything.
Look at all big heavy winches. have you ever seen the military use an electric winch? have you ever seen a tow truck with an electric winch? Every seen constuction vehicles with electric winches?
Yes, the ability to pull after the engine dies is a nice feature, but is it really worth all the other shortcommings? I have never had any experience using a winch at all. so this is all based on alot of research and talking to other winch owners, and now i am bringing it up to you.
have any of you that own hydraulic ever needed to run it without your engine, and wished you had an electric?
have any of you with electric gotten stuck up to your bumper in water and not been able to use your winch and wished you had a hydraulic?
Come on everyone lets be honest here.
what are your true thoughts.
We all have to admit that each has their pros and cons.
I would just like to hear some honest testimonials, not just this "tastes great! less filling!" taking sides and playing favorites.
Like i will admit as much as i hate rice burners, that there are some nice lil zippy sporty jap cars out there that would be fun to drive and get great gas milage to boot, and yeah they are reliable as anything (some of them) but no, i would not trade my jeep for one of them ever.
But yes, i can see why others like them, and i can see why they think we are stupid for driving these 9mpg gas guzzling, need work daily, money pit, old clunkers.
But hey, it is a jeep thing, they will never understand.