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Unread 11-27-2011, 09:06 PM   #16
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You will be surprise on what winch are the top 3.

http://www.moabjeeper.com/articles/g...?articleID=353

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Unread 11-27-2011, 09:36 PM   #17
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I wheeled a lot of years with no winch at all. In my area I am never more than a couple miles from the nearest farmhouse. The times I got into a bad situation alone with no winch, the 2 mile walk through rough terrain gave me time to think about what I could have done different to avoid getting stuck in the first place. This spring I bought a "cheap" winch. I used it once for self recovery, once to recover a friend, and about 10 times around the farm moving things and winching junk cars onto my trailer. I wouldn't be without one now that I have one but my $299 winch has worked flawless so far. I have never been in a situation that a winch was absolutely necessary, for me it is just a convenience because I am getting too old and fat for those long walks.

To each his own...
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Unread 11-27-2011, 10:03 PM   #18
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We decided to get a winch after getting two jeep stuck and spending the night in the back seats. Next time I would build a fire and camp out. The third truck that was with us could not pull us out. Had to wait till the next morning to get a buddy with a F350 and some pull ropes and snatch blocks to get us out. So now we have a 10,000 HF and 9000 HF winch on our Jeeps.
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Unread 11-27-2011, 11:00 PM   #19
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Even the very best winch can fail. If my life depended on a winch I would buy four three hundred dollar winches instead of one twelve hundred dollar winch.
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Unread 11-28-2011, 05:17 AM   #20
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HI All,
I know you realize that survival is dependent on many things. I feel a little let down by you guy's that seem to think that I don't go into the wilds properly supplied. I am properly supplied for worst case.

But this thread is not about survival per se, but how the winch fits into a survival strategy verses other, less demanding, winch uses.

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Unread 11-28-2011, 06:14 AM   #21
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HI All,
I know you realize that survival is dependent on many things. I feel a little let down by you guy's that seem to think that I don't go into the wilds properly supplied. I am properly supplied for worst case.

But this thread is not about survival per se, but how the winch fits into a survival strategy verses other, less demanding, winch uses.

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Actually that's what I figured you were doing. which is why I tried to bring up the wider topic. Of how it al fits together. But yes, I do wish I could get my hands on a proper winch of any kind. I try to avoid situations where I might need one, but there's a lot of rich idiots around here who buy a new SUV and then ditch it in the first good snow every year.
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Unread 11-28-2011, 06:34 AM   #22
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My wife asked me why I was putting a winch on when I don't put myself knowingly in situations where I need one.I told her it's like fire insurance,you hope you never need it but when you do you better have it.Also with my left leg not working right,any walk out of the woods is to far.That's why I carry enough survival gear for two -three days.Like someone else said"Luck favors the prepared"
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Unread 11-28-2011, 08:09 AM   #23
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Even the very best winch can fail. If my life depended on a winch I would buy four three hundred dollar winches instead of one twelve hundred dollar winch.
HI bella,
And after you bought your four winches, what would you do then? Would you haul all four of them on each Jeep trip? They sure won't do you any good sitting in your garage at home. I don't understand your point.

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Unread 11-28-2011, 10:23 AM   #24
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did i mention i did buy one after all. not for pulling me out of anything but to pull others out of the ditches along the streets here. people come around the turn to my street very fast and sometimes go into the ditch. it sucks trying to yank them out so now i can just hook up and hit the button.

i like this thread though because it brings a lot of info out for others to think about.
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Unread 11-28-2011, 12:05 PM   #25
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On that note, I had an atv winch hooked up for about a year. It did a great job at pulling branches out of ravines and off roads. Not for jeeping though...
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Unread 11-28-2011, 12:08 PM   #26
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Buy the winch with the fastest line speed you can afford. That way you can spend more time making fun of your friends when they are stuck and your junk is out.
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Unread 11-28-2011, 04:46 PM   #27
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HI bella,
And after you bought your four winches, what would you do then? Would you
haul all four of them on each Jeep trip? They sure won't do you any good sitting
in your garage at home. I don't understand your point.

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I think the point is no matter how much money you spend on a winch and no
matter which brand you buy, a winch is mechanical period. Anything mechanical
could break at any time. Yes your high dollar winch is more reliable but when it
brakes, not if, you still will be stranded is her point. Using a winch as a survival
tool is a misleading sense of security just because you bought a Warn..
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Unread 11-28-2011, 05:43 PM   #28
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HI jonz,
There are no certainties in this world. All we can try to do is minimize them. Are you seriously arguing that a better winch is a bad survival investment?

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Unread 11-28-2011, 06:35 PM   #29
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Not at all but I didn't want you to have a false sense of security just because
you bought a Warn. When relying on any equipment for life or death survival,
the key is being prepared and having redundant backup systems. I work in
maintenance in a health care facility. Peoples lives depend on certain equipment
working continually. The key to keeping the equipment up and running is
redundancy. Yes quality plays a key role but if I have learned anything in my
25+ years of experience in the maintenance field is that mechanical equipment
fails and never place all your dependency on any one piece of equipment.

Be safe and happy trails

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Unread 11-28-2011, 06:45 PM   #30
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Well like I mentioned, your winch might be fine but your alternator is shot. What then? Even the best winch isn't self charging.
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