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Tell me about buying a winch

Post in 'The Gear' started by wahoowad, Dec 29, 2006.

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  1. wahoowad

    wahoowad Minister of Fire

    Dec 19, 2005
    I've always wanted a 12v winch but have never purchased one because they are kinda pricey. It is one of those things that it would be great to have on certain occaisions, but you don't necessarily have a pressing need for one standing there in the store looking at the price tag. I don't tend to get my truck stuck anymore like I did when I was younger, so I guess my more recent needs would have been to winch up some logs from hillsides...kinda a utility winch and not necessarily a truck winch. I've passed up some wood because I didn't want to carry the weight up hills, couldn't drive to the wood, but could have winched up logs or my wood cart.

    I do not want to mount it to my truck, except perhaps temporarily to my receiver hitch. I'm sure I could weld up a suitable way to do this. Any thoughts to decent value priced winches, accessories that might make this work (a snatch block?), etc? What is your setup?

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  2. Roospike

    Roospike New Member

    Nov 19, 2005
    Eastern Nebraska
    No winch yet for me , i have used log chains and a cell phone so far but was looking into a winch also that could be used with the class 3 hitch on my 4x4 and truck . Any good infor ya find let me know. I dont like to buy junk so i guess this is what i haven't bought one as of yet , I'll stock pile the savings pot before going toy shopping but you know how the toy list goes and how long they are.
  3. nshif

    nshif New Member

    Oct 7, 2006
    Pioneer, Ca (near Lake Tahoe)
    Heres a receiver mount winch from Warn.


    I have a Warn on my jeep, great winch. kinda pricey.
    You will also need a snatch block, some chain and heavy duty tow straps. The only problem with skidding logs uphill is that the bark gets packed with dirt and rocks which can tear up a chain on your saw in no time.
  4. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

    Dec 5, 2005
    Sand Lake, NY
    I just read about a chainsaw winch.
  5. Eric Johnson

    Eric Johnson Mod Emeritus

    Nov 18, 2005
    Central NYS
    The chainsaw winch is a nice thing to have, especially if you have a big saw to run it. They're not cheap either, but more portable than one mounted on a truck, although you can obviously use it in every situation where you can use a truck winch.

    Lewis is a good brand. A little pricey, but you probably do get what you pay for. It is a toy, after all.

    http://store.baileys-online.com/cgi-bin/baileys/580?product_sku=LW 400MK2
  6. frwinks

    frwinks New Member

    Oct 27, 2006
    The Hills of Mulmur
    if you only looking for something to use occasionally, I would suggest a portable unit like this one. You can mount it in various ways depending on the situation (even strapped to a tree if needed).


    I've seen it pulling stuck trucks (light ones :) ) so I'm sure it'll be more than adequate for pulling logs ;)


    another option is a utility/atv winch, like this one

    weld up a cradle for it like you said and you're set. Warns are great, I've had one on my crawler for few years without any problems, but for what you're after, they're overkill
  7. par38lamp

    par38lamp New Member

    Oct 24, 2006
    St. Louis, Missouri (MO)
    I have considered those exact same Harbor Freight winches for log retrieving. Need a saw first!
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