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Old March 24th, 2014, 01:23 PM   #1
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Default Worm Vs Planetery drive winches, Pro's and Cons?

What are the pro's and cons of worm drive and planetary winches? I have always used planetary's, usually due to size, shape, and what pops up for sale used.

I now have two 12000 pound winches, a Warn M12000, and a Ramsey RE 12000. I can likely fit both just fine, and the application is a heavy diesel wheeling rig on 44's. I'll likely sell one and keep the other. Unless I get greedy and put one on each end.

Ideally, I'd be rich, and would use a Milemarker H 18k, but that's not likely to happen anytime soon.

Most industrial and commercial winches are worm drive. This seems to be the strongest, and is probably why pto's and hydraulics are usually worm drive.

Planetary styles are used more in the recreational use market, and often have better line speed, but aren't as durable.

What's the real deal? What are your experiences with worm drives vs planetary winches?
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Old March 25th, 2014, 10:30 AM   #2
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Those are kind of the general caveats:


Worm drive = strong, but slow. Does not require a separate brake mechanism
Planetary = Fast, but requires a separate brake to hold position when stationary
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