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View Poll Results: What winch control you you prefer
Electric remote and in cab controls on/off only. 3 75.00%
Manual control on the bumper and in the cab with the ability to adjust winch speed. 1 25.00%
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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-24-2009, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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Poll on Winch controls

I am trying to figure out how I want to control my winch. I am not going into details on the winch as that seems to drift the discussion off the topic.

I have two options

1. Electric remote and in cab controls on/off only.
2. Manual control on the bumper and in the cab with the ability to adjust winch speed.

Which would you choose?

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There is no damn way I want to hang around the bumper while I'm winching!
Rope/Cable breaks or any one of a dozen other things goes wrong and YOU are the first stop for the broken/flying parts!

Speed control is the skinny pedal on the right while I'm in the drivers seat...

If I need a remote control on a cable, the 'Spotter' isn't doing his job!

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Good point. I would not be pulling loads standing in front, but would use that control to respool the line or take up slack.

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Option 1. Keep it simple.

EVERYTHING's easy for the guy who doesn't have to do it.
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Previously read a write-up/post using a bike shifter as the spd control mounted on the existing shifter....no personal exp yet, but assume any lever, mounted at a location of your choosing; should suffice if electrical control is w/o spd <-> (?). Yep, no winch.

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Bike shifters are often used as hand throttle for the engine. Never heard of one being used on a winch.

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Option 1. Keep it simple.
Yup. Simple. Use a plug-in handheld controller, that plugs into the winch on the bumper, and route it to the inside of the Jeep when you need to do self-recovery.

The dash-mounted stuff is ok, but for me, I like the handheld controller -- I can keep both hands on the wheel and hold the winch controller. If I'm in a precarious situation (when you'd need the winch) I don't want to have to have one hand on the dash to run the winch and only one hand on the wheel.

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If that cable breaks and there's nothing to act as an energy absorber then the cable can come back through your windshield. If you've got the metal hood up, you can't see anyway. IMHO, unless you've got your metal hood up... an in-cab winch control is dangerous. I much prefer a wired remote so I can stand to one side and observe the winch process.
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I had no experience using a winch in operation or on a trail, but searching accidentally found this interesting. Maybe I should not be replying (?).

I will eventually need in cab control with spd adjustment capability. The plug and play stand clear outside control may be needed at times as well. It may be possibly to do both (?).

Bike shifters are often used as hand throttle for the engine.
Yep, pulley driven on-board air rev control (?).

Never heard of one being used on a winch. Me either! But if you need I have contact info BDASHFAB, that guy should be able to do it!

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Smile control of winch inside and out

hi i found this control unit which work great on ebay......got it tied into the wiring so i can control either way,,,,,,with cable switch outside and from dash on inside.......it even has a toggle switch built into it at the top that has a safety on/off that you have to pull out to move so you wont run the winch if you push on the lever unless it is on.......take a look.......on a hyd system you could set this up to have elec controls over hyd.......with low voltage solinods.......it would work like a water valve......would be different....look under supplus military etc
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