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    Default John Deere x595 Warn winch install

    I just finished installing a Warn xt25 2,500 lb winch on my '03 x595. Since I've occasionally come across threads asking about winch installs, I thought I'd share my project for others who may be interested in something similar.

    The reason for the install is that we have a hilly property, and I'm always reaching for the come-a-long, etc. to pull out a bush, lift something, etc. This should do the trick.

    The pics should be self-explanatory, but I'll add a few notes here:

    - The xt25 is rated for 2,500 lbs as purchased. It comes with all wiring, an ATV handlebar switch, a universal mounting plate, 50 ft of synthetic line, and just about any piece of hardware you could need for a basic install. While researching these winches, I stumbled across an interesting tidbit of info regarding the pulling capacity differences between this winch, and the xt30 (3,000 lbs). The only difference, as verified by Warn, is that the xt30 winch comes with 6 AWG wire, rather than 8 AWG wire (xt25). So I purchased a length of 6 AWG Flex-A-Prene welding cable and created my own power cables using heavy copper ends, a hydraulic crimper, and shrink tubing.

    - The plate that comes with the winch could easily be welded to a 1-1/4" receiver hitch insert and attached to the tractor as needed. I opted to create my own mount (powdercoated) and bolted it solidly to existing holes in the x595's front frame.

    - The waterproof Warn handlebar switch is a nice item. I decided to modify the housing a bit and securely mount it within the cubby in the right fender. It fits great, is protected, and cannot be accidentally engaged.

    - Speaking of the switch, it requires a +12v signal to operate. By mounting the switch in the cubby, I had a ready 12v source nearby - the on/off switch for the 12v outlet. I opted to make the Warn switch hot only after the 12v outlet switch is flipped first. I may add another switch or a handheld remote down the road, but for now this works great.

    Enjoy the pics:






















    Andreas
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    Default Re: John Deere x595 Warn winch install

    very clean install! looks great!

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    Very nice job Looks like it belongs there.
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    Excellent install, you have a good eye for detail and style.

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    Looks great.

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    Is that a Lincoln sp170-T welder in the background of the first pic?

    Winch/tractor look good!
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    Default Re: John Deere x595 Warn winch install

    Quote Originally Posted by shortthrow50 View Post
    very clean install! looks great!
    Thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon Gould View Post
    Very nice job Looks like it belongs there.
    I had fleeting thoughts of removing the receiver tube and setting the winch within the front cavity of the frame. It would fit...

    Quote Originally Posted by k0ua View Post
    Excellent install, you have a good eye for detail and style.
    Thank you - I tend to be quite detail oriented and to overbuild things.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob77064 View Post
    Looks great.
    Thanks Bob!

    Quote Originally Posted by ericher69 View Post
    Is that a Lincoln sp170-T welder in the background of the first pic?

    Winch/tractor look good!
    Lincoln HD100. Have had it for 5 years and it's paid for itself dozens of times. I use straight CO2 and have run tons of wire through it over the years.


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