View Full Version : How much winch
05-31-2003, 02:33 PM
How much winch do our rigs really need? The Warn 12000 and the 15000 are really cool but really expensive.
I understand the manufacturers recommend the weight of the vehilce and then at least half again the weight of the rig. I can see being stuck in some the Florida mud and not going anywhere that stuff can suck you in and not let go.
It took all of my 9000 pound Warn, doubled back for 18,000 pounds of pulling power to get a full size pickup out of the Texas clay mud. Granted, he was on 38" tires and buried up to his doors. You could probably get by with a 9,000 or 9,500. More wouldn't hurt.
Get Warn's heavy duty winch accessory kit no matter which winch you go with. The chain, snatch block and shackle are really good things to have.
Not everyone is smart enough to have a tow point to attach to and the chain makes attaching to the factory frame that much easier.
The snatch block and shackle work together to either double the pulling power or to allow you to winch at funny angles without having to drive off the trail and tear up the terrain.
05-31-2003, 05:50 PM
i figger get a wingh rated at about double your rigs weight. that way if you gott do some funny stuff it'll hang with it.
05-31-2003, 06:44 PM
i really think you can get by with 8,000 but i'd shoot for 9,000. it looks like i'll be going with 8,000 but it has to do a lot with cost. also you can double the line and get twice the pull, so if you even had a 5,000 you could get 10,000 out of it. that's enough to help one of our land barges along.
06-01-2003, 02:17 PM
The main reason for doubling up to figure the winch you need is because winches are rated at single wrap normally, and unless your pulling yourself up a waterfall your rarely ever going to be down to a single wrap... and on most winches at 3 wraps it'll only pull half the rated capacity... That's why the snatchblock is so useful, it doubles your pull at any wrap level and it allows you to run double the cable to get down to fewer wraps... just remember that the block will allow double the pull but at half the speed...
So someone refresh me here.
What do our Wag's weigh in at?
06-02-2003, 12:38 AM
Around 4500lbs. I run a Warn HS9500. It'll pull me all day long even up huge inclines.
06-05-2003, 04:41 AM
the old rule is 1.5 x the weight of the rig... but factoring wrap 2 x is a better rule.
I have an M8274 - rated at 8,000 lbs. If I'm ever more stuck than that - I've got bigger problems.
06-05-2003, 02:06 PM
I just scored an older Warn 10,000 in good shape for $400.00 It belonged to a friend who sold his Bronco but pulled the winch before selling it. Hope I did well :D
06-05-2003, 05:56 PM
so i was at the state surplus the other day. lo and behold a warn9000 with a 100$ price tag on it. no joke. went back the next day to find it was gone. does anyone feel my sadness, im realley kicking myself for not running to the bank when i saw it. anyone have a winch for sale? im looking into buying one, but im on a tight budget.....reccomendations? know of any places to get a deal on a used winch or good prices on new ones?
06-06-2003, 12:59 AM
Originally posted by quikclimber:
so i was at the state surplus the other day. lo and behold a warn9000 with a 100$ price tag on it. no joke. went back the next day to find it was gone. does anyone feel my sadness, im realley kicking myself for not running to the bank when i saw it. anyone have a winch for sale? im looking into buying one, but im on a tight budget.....reccomendations? know of any places to get a deal on a used winch or good prices on new ones?OUCH! That's why God (okay Dupont) invented plastic. If ever there was an occasion to lay out the credit card... Oh well... Stop in every once in a while - ya never know
06-07-2003, 02:27 PM
kewl steal there merc!!!
i am going to try mile markers 9000 electric,since its only $450 brand new...oh and the 12000 is around $750 :eek:
[ June 07, 2003, 08:29 PM: Message edited by: Sambo ]
06-10-2003, 05:54 AM
if you don't carry plastic.... tuck a ben franklin, deep in your wallet..... this is what i call the joker card.... seven eleven won't take it and most other places.... so you won't spend it foolishly
06-11-2003, 10:56 AM
Mine wheighed 5240 @ the dump last week 3 mos ago b4 the 1/4" 2x4 tube bumper it wheighed 5460? asked myself 'How did I wheigh 200lbs lighter before I added 75lbs of bumper?' - 30 gallons of gas! I was running w/ full tanks then. hummm.
06-11-2003, 12:57 PM
Scales can be fooled by where the vehicle is positioned on them. A friend had a very heavy vehilce but wanted to get the Florida Purple Heart tag and just moving his rig 3 feet made almost a 1,000 lb. difference.
06-11-2003, 01:03 PM
OK - I'll ask
What is the Florida Purle Heart tag?
06-11-2003, 01:21 PM
OK I can't spell Purple Heart...if you have been awarded one while in the service you are eligable for one for free...Florida residents only
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