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Old 03-13-2021, 05:40 AM   #1
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Default Good solid winch for a D21

Since that stimmy hit today I was gonna pull the trigger on an ARB bumper and with the leftover cash perhaps a winch, never owned one before. Any one have any recommendations for the Hardbody?


Also I suppose synthetic cable would be pretty much mandatory for PNW right?
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Seems synthetic is preferred these days. Not nearly as much damage when it snaps. Look into something to put in top of the cable if you ever have to use it. Even just a floor mat or a jacket can save your bacon.
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Not mandatory for PNW. They're just easier to pull out and lighter. Best to have a a snatch block and tree saver.

I have a XRC winch only because its not a highly used item. It works great but it is slower than the Warn. If you have to be in a hurry to get out of pinch then spend the money for the Warn. Otherwise, other winches do the exact same thing as a Warn just a little slower.
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Seems synthetic is preferred these days. Not nearly as much damage when it snaps. Look into something to put in top of the cable if you ever have to use it. Even just a floor mat or a jacket can save your bacon.

Good idea Deerhurst, I'll make sure to have a heavy blanket of some sort with me.


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Not mandatory for PNW. They're just easier to pull out and lighter. Best to have a a snatch block and tree saver.

I have a XRC winch only because its not a highly used item. It works great but it is slower than the Warn. If you have to be in a hurry to get out of pinch then spend the money for the Warn. Otherwise, other winches do the exact same thing as a Warn just a little slower.

Yeah I don't imagine I'll use it much. That winch looks solid though and I like the price on it. I only got around $500 left to play with after my bumper, I suppose I can get that snatch block and tree saver too.
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I bought a 8,000 lb.Chicago Electric from Harbor Freight about 15 years ago for the FM. It has been a butt saver for all those years and just winched me out a week ago. A bit slow, but moving is moving.
Steel cable that came with it is still working well. You just have to take care when winching that you don't let it spool incorrectly and it will last.
All I'm saying is don't discount the HF winches. They work.
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If You Want to Just Go Cheap with the Stimulus Money Department:

The cheapie option: You can buy a good Come-A-Long from Harbor Freight and get a good LONG tow strap to go with it. Just put it behind the seat. Slow, but cheaper and no mounting to do. Will get you out of most situations. Just make sure the Come-A-Long is high-rated for pull. At least 5,000 pounds rated.

At Harbor, you can buy an 8,000 pound rated Come Along, and TWO 6,000 pound, 30-foot towing straps. This will cost you about $90 total for all three. I just looked at their site. The Come Along is 35 bucks, and the straps are 28 bucks each.
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Come-alongs are handy and do work well. But personally, I would not use one to get unstuck in quite a few circumstances. I have used one to get out of sticky situations because that was the only method.

If you have the means to get a winch, it is a much wiser/safer choice. Come-alongs will put you the operator in the middle of the snapback zone. Not good.

Additionally, the come-along is rated by the cable being wrapped back, the winch is rated at single line pull. So if you wrap the line back on a winch you've effectively double its pulling power.

I suggest watching a couple of videos on line breaks using a winches, it will give you a real respect to stay clear and safe.
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Yeah I'm set for the winch plus part of the reason I'm getting the arb bumper is to mount a winch. I'll take a look at Harbor Freight as well, i didn't even consider using them.
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HF sells quite a few things that are absolutely fantastic for the price. Their basic steel floor jacks come to mind.
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I had a wireless 2500 badlands winch from HF on my Honda atv. It worked really good the few times i got buried in mud. I also used it to drag a downed tree from a trail once.
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