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Old November 25th, 2004, 06:25 AM
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hand winch questions

Hi, i'm not ready to buy a electric winch for the d90 and already have a hi lift jack. do I need to buy a hand winch like the black rat or griphoist or does the hi lift jack do the same thing?
If you guys recommend a hand winch, where can i buy one? Thanks!
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Old November 25th, 2004, 07:01 PM
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The hi-lift with the winch kit they sell will work as a hand winch.
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Old November 25th, 2004, 09:48 PM
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Hand winching SUCKS! Get a kinetic strap and always go out with at least 1 or 2 other trucks. The highlift works as a winch but it is a pain and a bit of work.
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Old November 26th, 2004, 07:43 AM
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I second what Mike said.
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Old November 26th, 2004, 01:30 PM
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I have used a griphoist a few years ago. They are very prone to malfuntion when sand and dirt get into them plus I think they are $pendy

Save up and get an electric winch.
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Old November 26th, 2004, 04:23 PM
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Even worse is something along the lines of a 2-ton "come-a-long". I've seen photos of them after splitting in half at the frame and the cable recoiling. Good for some things, bad for winching vehicles.

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Old November 27th, 2004, 01:33 PM
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I've got a Tirfor hand winch, only used a couple of times in about 5 years of owning it. Bloody hard work.
BUT..... It's not how often you use it . it's how much you need it when you need it!
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Old November 27th, 2004, 02:38 PM
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What are the cables rated on these hand winches? I would be a little afraid of operating the crank when the line POPS! When my truck gets stuck it is usually really stuck. I switched to a 3/8 syn line for a extra marg of safety on my 9000. JP
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The cable is pretty thick, the Tirfor I've got is rated to 1600kg lifting so it's probably got a x5 to x7 safety factor built in and there's a shear pin in the mechanicals. It's bloody hard work and the only time I used it in real anger I double rigged it with a snatch block - double the pull or half the effort.
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