Winch question



Winch question

Postby chromebumpers » April 2nd, 2014, 11:24 pm

On a flat bed tow truck, what type/size winch is used to pull a car or pick-up truck up the bed? Is there any difference if that winch is mounted to a tow behind trailer? I noticed HF has a load of winches, is there any model in that brand that would work?
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Re: Winch question

Postby chromebumpers » April 2nd, 2014, 11:29 pm

Any features, cable size (or composition) that should be considered? I've only ever pushed or drove a car under it's own power onto a trailer, so I don't have experience using a winch for this purpose. I'm not interested in a wind-by-hand winch.
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Re: Winch question

Postby 87vette81big » April 3rd, 2014, 7:24 am

Grumpy can answer best.
A Winch is only good as the Frame its bolted down to.
Tow trucks have at least 20,000 lb continous ratings.
Heavy duty models are very expensive.
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Re: Winch question

Postby grumpyvette » April 3rd, 2014, 9:14 am

Warn, Superwinch, Ramsey, Smittybilt, Tuff Stuff, all make a serviceable winch , but having dealt with trailers and winches for decades I'll point out a few often overlooked or ignored details
shop carefully and compare features and guarantees and it sure helps if you can bolt your winch to a custom mount or bracket that hooks or pins in place while in use but allows you to place it out of the weather and out of sight when its not needed
first the rule of thumb is you want a winch rated at TWICE the weight of your car MINIMUM, as youll find that a winch working at less than its max capacity is far less likely to fail , its also a huge advantage to weld pull rings Image
to the cars frame at several access points allowing you far easier connection of the winch line and a snatch block pulley and nylon tow straps rated at 20 k lbs can be very useful at times as can accessorys like tow hooks Image
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, and if your smart youll custom weld a box to house the batteries and the winch itself so they can be safely stored safely out of sight, when not in actual use and kept out of the weather and safe from walking off which WILL HAPPEN, if you leave it out where it can be unbolted this will of course require you buy or fabricate a quick connection anchor mount and electrical connection plug so that the winch can be lifted out of the box ,dropped into its mount, locked in place with a couple locks or pins , used and then returned to the security and weather resistant enclosure that's ideally welded to the trailer
youll be STRONGLY temped to spend 1/2 the cost or less on some chinese import winch but from what I see the life expectancy is very low, they work for a few months and then quit from what I see.

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