Re: winch in truck bed??? help
Originally Posted by Texas=Titan
what would be a nice inexpensive winch?
winch is one that looks good on your truck but fails the first time you use it. I run the Mile Marker winches. I can't say they are great as neither of them has a functioning free spool. But they both have pulled everything I wanted to.
EDIT: I want to make clear my opinion on this inexpensive
winch issue. Your truck is stuck, you're in the middle of nowhere, the temperature is falling below freezing, nobody is around (mistake number one!) and the light is fading. How confident are you that your winch will get you out so you can get home? If I were to buy another winch I would probably go with Warn instead of Mile Marker. A higher rated winch (say, 12,000 lbs) from an off brand doesn't mean it's going to work any better than a 9,500 lb winch from Warn.
Most winches come with steel cable. That stuff is very, very heavy. I replaced the steel cable on mine with synthetic rope which is very light stuff that has a higher pull rating than the steel cable and is actually safer due to the lower kinetic value of the rope.
One point that many people miss is that the maximum rating for the winch is achieved when the rope/cable is on the last layer of the drum. You have to pull out almost 90' of rope/cable to get to that point.
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Last edited by HRTKD; 05-21-2011 at 11:23 AM.
Reason: Clarified my opinion