Winch selection--internal or external solenoids???
On the upgrade list for this summer is a winch. Seeing as how we have a grand total of 0 vehicles on the farm with winches, the winch has superceded the locking differentials and welder in importance. I don't really want a comparison of different brands of winch or anything, and I've already decided on what brand to buy. But the basic question I still have is this: Is it better to buy internal (integrated) or external solenoids? Are the external solenoids waterproofed like the internal ones? Either way, some very serious power cables will have to be run from the battery to the winch...with the external solenoids, the wires would only be "hot" when the winch was in operation, right? So would that be preferrable? Where would one mount the external solenoids? Under the hood? Above the winch?
Just for those of you who are curious, I'm getting a Superwinch 9000..either X9000 or S9000. I know, the line speed can't touch a HS9500 or anything, but the superwinches are very affordable (comparatively), have a series wound motor, and their stall rating is 11,900#s. Plus I've heard all good things about them. I can't envision any particular circumstances that I would be in whereupon I would need to winch myself out of a situation incredibly rapidly anyhow...
But back to the solenoids...What do you run? Why? If you have external solenoids, where did you put them?
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