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post #1 of 13 Old 08-11-2011, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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Do manual winches work?

Does a manual winch like this one actually work for getting you out? or is it a waste of money?

http://www.harborfreight.com/8000-lb...2-001b2166becc

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post #2 of 13 Old 08-11-2011, 03:24 PM
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Do manual winches work?

Yes. Slowly.
And I'd take that 8000 lb rating with a grain of salt...
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post #3 of 13 Old 08-11-2011, 03:28 PM
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They work great but just remember your only workin with 8' of cable and I'm guessing to get the 8000lb rating its double lined so that's only 4' of cable.

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yeah they do, when I was a yonker and lived at my grandparents farm, all my grand-dad had was what was then called a "come-a-long" and that's what he used to get anything unstuck, pull chain link fences, hoist things in the air, etc.

They are slow and I'd get a better one than a Harbor Freight deal, but in a pinch, they'll get you unstuck. So will a Hi-Lift jack. Matter of fact I have one of each, although I own three winches, all Warn, if you count the 2000 lb. one on my ATV, but I still use a come-a-long for certain tasks...

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yeah they do, when I was a yonker and lived at my grandparents farm, all my grand-dad had was what was then called a "come-a-long" and that's what he used to get anything unstuck, pull chain link fences, hoist things in the air, etc.

They are slow and I'd get a better one than a Harbor Freight deal, but in a pinch, they'll get you unstuck. So will a Hi-Lift jack. Matter of fact I have one of each, although I own three winches, all Warn, if you count the 2000 lb. one on my ATV, but I still use a come-a-long for certain tasks...
Ditto, although my handyman jack has been more handy than my come along

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They work but I wouldn't try one out for 8000 lbs. I have 2 or 3 of them and the handles are all bent and no longer work. They bent long before the rated capacity unless a 440 weighs in at 8000 lbs.
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As stated in the above posts they do work but are slow but far better than nothing,But I don't think 1/4" Cable is rated for 8000 lb
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post #8 of 13 Old 08-11-2011, 08:31 PM
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Yep, you should get a good one if you want to go that direction. That being said, if you get a good one, you're dropping cash that's halfway to a real HF winch..
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Chain fall works much better than come a long

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Chain fall works much better than come a long
Especially if you're needing a good workout. Those things are heavy.
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Does a manual winch like this one actually work for getting you out? or is it a waste of money?

http://www.harborfreight.com/8000-lb...2-001b2166becc
Yes they work, slowly and only a few feet at a time. I used one like this in the past and it works fine, the two big issues for me where:

1. They only pull you a few feet, and then you have to unhook and reset. When you do this you have to find another way to take the tension off the hand winch (come-along in this case) and anchor the vehicle. I used a hi-lift and come along together. Once I maxed one of them I would switch to the other, kind of like leap frog.

2. When you are using a hand winch you are in the "Kill Zone". If something is to snap, slip or break you are caught in the middle of it all.

I used my little hi-lift, come-along set up only a couple times before I decided to buy an actual winch. I felt it was too much work and too dangerous to keep using hand winches.

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Does a manual winch like this one actually work for getting you out? or is it a waste of money?
Yes they work, about the same way a covered wagon would work to get someone out to California. Works but it's a hell of a tough job using either.

Personally, I believe such a tool just gives a false sense of security. I'd save up for a real winch instead.

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post #13 of 13 Old 08-13-2011, 11:13 PM
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I'm a little late to the party on this one... but we discussed this a couple weeks ago and there are a LOT of good responses here:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f27/s...winch-1239248/
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