Any winch recommendations...yeah or neagh......

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  1. 1STMP

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    A cover on a dyneema rope is for UV protection
    and to keep dirt off of it. They don't rot. Another
    point of installation is to use nylon rollers in
    the fairlead. Smittybuilt makes a descent 10K,
    and I know of many 4-wheelers using them.
    They work fine, but to me, seemed to have a
    slower retrieval rate than a Warn does.
     
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      Well it is for a car trailer, so maybe under load with cable in and out how many times a month will it get used? A HF with a snatch block an the extended warranty could serve you well enough. Since, I think the HF's come with a steel cable, I'd use that (remember to throw a blanket over the cable when winching) till you screw it up then think about a synthetic rope. Both syn. rope and steel cable have Pros and Cons.
      A big point is what is the amount of time the winch can operate (run time/cycle on/off rate). I think it is called ''duty cycle''.
       
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      I just changed the cable on my trailer to syn rope and I really like it. Yes it can break and be damaged but its a lot easier to work with IMO.
       
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      • dartforforty

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        I have an 8000# Warn on my trailer.
        Purchased a wiring kit from them that goes to the power block on my truck to the plug in on my rear bumper. Plug the winch in and your good to go.
        Pulled a 64 Impala out of the dirt with frozen brakes for a friend of mine no problem.
         
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        I'm actually using the smallest, cheapest $50 HF winch and it does just fine (2500# rated IIRC) pulling my B body cars and 1/2 ton trucks around on reasonably level non-paved ground and up my car dolly ramps.

        My only complaint is that it's too fast!
        ...although the cheap wireless remote failed after the first year.
        I simply removed the controller box and wired in a DPDT toggle because the "quality" replacement remote units cost more than the winch!

        Before that I had their marine winch which lasted almost 12 years being left outside attached to the dolly. I would buy that one again.

        I've since made an easy removeable bracket system so I can basically clip it on and off to store indoors.
         
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        years ago I had great luck with Mile Maker Winches
        they have discounts for military & 10% sales on their site too
        they have electric & hydraulic winches,
        many sizes & weight/lift ratings to choose from
        or utility winches too, all American sourced made products

        https://milemarker.com

        good luck
         
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          I bought a HF 12,000 lb winch.
          I was in a bind and had to go drag a GM crew cab dually with a locked up rear end onto my trailer the next day, had no time to find any other winch in time.
          (I'm a buy American guy)
          I put a 1000 amp deep cycle battery in the tool box, that winch didn't even come close to stalling dragging that heavy ass truck up on the trailer.
          I've used it a few times to drag my car up at the strip, pretty handy, no complaints.
          I did buy a cover for it.
           
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          I've done that to get a car off my dolly a few times.
           
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