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    Kubota L5740/cab with air ride seat

    Default Winch suggestions?

    I have a 18' dove tail flatbed. I have thought about installing a winch on it. I would like one with the controls attached to the winch, I really don't need a long cord for the swicth, self contaned uint. I have power at the bumber of my truck (#6 welding cable to the battery, used for charging my dump trailer battery). Any one have suggestions? LBS of pull ect.?
    Sure would be nice pulling dead cars, trucks and other heavy stuff on the bed with out a comealong.
    DDT

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    Default Re: Winch suggestions?

    How about using a manual winch with gear reduction. A lot less expensive for the number of times your implying it would be used. The gear reduction makes them more manageable. http://www.biasboating.com.au/manualtrlrwinches.html or boatus.com


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    New Holland TC40D

    Default Re: Winch suggestions?

    Warn has a great selection of winches for your application.
    Also, you might talk to one of your local tow truck operators. All of the flatbed tow trucks use winches...

    RobertN in Shingle Springs Calif

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    JD 300B, JD 4310

    Default Re: Winch suggestions?

    5000 lb with 1/4" cable sounds about right to me, and I would get a snatch block to go with it. I would also get a remote switch, as the idea of standing next to a winch under load makes me a little nervous. The 6 ga. wire sounds a little light for this, but dunno for sure. Northern Tool and Equipment has a good selection. -Stan


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    Default Re: Winch suggestions?

    you guys bring up some good points. Now I have more stewing to do. Thanks


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    Default Re: Winch suggestions?

    Almost all of the newer tow trucks (flatbeds and wreckers) use a hydraulic winch setup. Wouldn't be impossible to set up but might be a little pricey.


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    J.D. 4400

    Default Re: Winch suggestions?

    DDT,
    First, you really do want a remote. From Jeepin', I can guarantee you that the last thing you want is to be standing there with your hand on a winch mounted switch when the cable lets go. Always throw something over the cable (we used to use one of the Jeeps floormats) to kill the energy of the cable if (when) it does snap.

    Second. While a good winch won't break the bank, they are pricey. If I were going to mount one on a trailer, I'd weld up a receiver set-up at the front of the trailer. That way, I could get one of the receiver mounted winch plates and move the winch to whatever I needed to (as long as it had a receiver hitch). Makes your investment a lot more versatile.

    Hoss


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    Carlisle Pa
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    Kubota L48, Case 580 tlb Case 530(sold), case VAC

    Default Re: Winch suggestions?


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    Kubota L5740/cab with air ride seat

    Default Re: Winch suggestions?

    The receiver idea- I like. I don't think I would ever use it any where eles, but at least it could be remove qick for winter storage (inside). As a earler post, a manula one wood probley do the trick as often as I would need it. A 2 speed manual at napa is $80 and a 6000lb warn about $400. for $300 saveings I could buy more 3 point equipment or atlest a part of one.
    DDT


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    Houston, TX.
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    2001 TN65, 1951 8N Ford

    Default Re: Winch suggestions?

    I like that idea. You can get the receiver sockets for around $20. They also sell front receivers for your truck and you can add a socket front and back on the tractor. Carry a boat anchor for mud. With the proper toys you'll have the confidence to get stuck waaayyy back in the woods! BTDT and will probably do it again.


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