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Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 127
posted April 03, 2003 09:23 AM  
What kind of trailer winches would you recommend?

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 116
posted April 03, 2003 12:11 PM  
Hi nvracer. When chosing a winch take care. The box might read 20,000lbs pulling capacity but if you read the small print (if they tell you) you may find that this only applies to the first layer on a double line pull at 0 degrees angle with a free rolling load. By the time you put it on a 30 degree slope & onto your 3rd layer of cable you may find it is only capable of pulling 400lbs!! & then only have a duty cycle of 20 seconds pulling followed by 5 minutes for cooling! So check out the duty cycle. The winch I use by the way is a superwinch X9.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 149
posted April 03, 2003 03:02 PM  
I have a superwinch S3500 it works just fine with the stock car (3200lbs) but seems to have a hard time with anything much heavier. I tried pulling a fullsize Chevy 4X4 and it did not like that at all.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 331
posted April 09, 2003 08:11 PM  
i have a superwinch 1500atv. works great on my Modified even going up a 5 degree incline.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 353
posted April 09, 2003 08:37 PM  
We have a super winch s2500 and works great going up a 20 degree angle, car weighs about 2250.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 295
posted April 09, 2003 09:21 PM  
Superwinch 3500. It pulls my IMCA Stock car up steep ramps with no trouble. Best I've had. SLEEPY

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 154
posted April 09, 2003 10:57 PM  
Anyone with a weak winch. Hook a snatch block (pulley) to the front of your car, run your cable through it and hook the end of the cable to the front of your trailer. Now your winch is pulling half of the weight. The other half is pulling on the front of the trailer where you hooked the end of the cable. The car will move half as fast. (A snatch block is a pulley that will open on the side to allow a cable to be easily put in.) Every time you add another pulley and double your cable back again you reduce the pull on the winch by half again.

[This message has been edited by Pickles (edited April 09, 2003).]

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 159
posted April 10, 2003 08:39 AM  
Warn 3500 specialty trailer winch.

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 77
posted April 10, 2003 02:26 PM  
I have a Superwinch 3500 and 4500. Both work great. The 3500 came mounted in my new trailer so I am going to keep it there. The 4500 is for sale.

Used 1/2 season. Works great. $350 or best offer plus shipping.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 493
posted April 10, 2003 03:52 PM  
superwinch it...from Sunnit with a 30 foot lead, it reaches the car to steer it up

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