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Old September 13th, 2013, 07:24 PM   #1
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Electric trailer winch

I searched, and not much came up...

Anyone have any experience with the $100ish electric trailer winches? Similar to the Warn Pullzall?

Looking at getting one for moving logs, odds and ends stuff around the house. I would like to get more than 6 uses out of it though, and for that price I question the robustness of the motors/gears.
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Old September 28th, 2013, 01:30 PM   #2
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I searched, and not much came up...

Anyone have any experience with the $100ish electric trailer winches? Similar to the Warn Pullzall?

Looking at getting one for moving logs, odds and ends stuff around the house. I would like to get more than 6 uses out of it though, and for that price I question the robustness of the motors/gears.
My dad has went through like 4 of these junk winches. He uses come along's now and they are always binding up.
Save your self some cash and headaches by getting a dang hi/lift jack. No screwing with wiring, mounting, or such and most fit right on the neck of trailers using U bolts.

Just be smart about winching it and don't put yourself in a crush point. By placing the jack at a corner or using a longer bar to place yourself outside the trailer depending on the trailer design you avoid the load surging towards you. This comes from experience of my dumb butt almost getting run over a(in a hurry) jacking with a HI-lift.

I have been jacking with a Hi-lift jack for years. They can pull or push a load in any direction where with a winch your set with one direction. It is truly a "do all tool" that places MOST winches in the useless category.

Find a used Hi-lift for around $60, add some grease to it, get a u bolt kit for $20(ruffstuff has some kick azz ones for cheap), Get a longer pipe, heavy duty straps, a few clevis, and for around $100 you have a very good setup for pulling whatever with ease.
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Old September 29th, 2013, 05:03 PM   #3
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My dad has went through like 4 of these junk winches. He uses come along's now and they are always binding up.
Save your self some cash and headaches by getting a dang hi/lift jack. No screwing with wiring, mounting, or such and most fit right on the neck of trailers using U bolts.

Just be smart about winching it and don't put yourself in a crush point. By placing the jack at a corner or using a longer bar to place yourself outside the trailer depending on the trailer design you avoid the load surging towards you. This comes from experience of my dumb butt almost getting run over a(in a hurry) jacking with a HI-lift.

I have been jacking with a Hi-lift jack for years. They can pull or push a load in any direction where with a winch your set with one direction. It is truly a "do all tool" that places MOST winches in the useless category.

Find a used Hi-lift for around $60, add some grease to it, get a u bolt kit for $20(ruffstuff has some kick azz ones for cheap), Get a longer pipe, heavy duty straps, a few clevis, and for around $100 you have a very good setup for pulling whatever with ease.
Thanks for confirming what I had assumed and have been reading...the cheap 100 buck winches don't last.

I've got a Hi-lift, and I use it for all kinds of stuff like what you suggest. The issue I've got currently is I need more "travel" than what my 48" lift will offer. I need to lower something into the basement (down a flight of stairs) that's quite heavy...travel will have to be say 10' and I can't "reposition" in the middle of the lowering. I've been going back and forth between a come-along and a cheap winch, but it's looking like a come-along is a much more robust solution.
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Old September 29th, 2013, 08:01 PM   #4
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I have a 6,000 bad lands winch on may trailer with a battery an love it. an have made lots of pulls with no issues.
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