Ramsey winches

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 14:17
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Anybody had experience with Ramsey winches in particular the 8000. I've been offered a second hand one but don't know anything about them.
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Reply By: Crackles - Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 14:57

Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 14:57
cj. Planetry or worm drive / PTO or Electric? I've used the worm drive 8,000lb in both pto & electric and found them to be a good sturdy unit although a little heavey on the front end. The elect model is slow but has a better clutch arrangement than a Thomas. I personally run the new Platinum 9500lb elect which has a fast line speed & easy free spool. Emergency services & goverment departments often fit Ramsey winches as they have a reputation of being strong & reliable. Craig.....................
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Reply By: cj - Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 19:42

Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 19:42
Thanks for that. It is electric but I do not know whether it is planetary or worm. Is one better than the other?
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Monday, Mar 29, 2004 at 22:47

Monday, Mar 29, 2004 at 22:47
Planetary are more compact and fit neatly on the front of most cars. May still weigh too much for the front of a Vitara though. I'd check the weight and measure the width to see if it fits between the chassis rails.
Worm drive model is defenitly too big. Cheers Craig............
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Reply By: cj - Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 19:42

Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 19:42
Thanks for that. It is electric but I do not know whether it is planetary or worm. Is one better than the other?
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Reply By: Member - Captain (WA) - Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 21:14

Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 21:14
Hi CJ,

I've had the Ramsay 8,000lb planetry drive winch for some 8-10 years and its a sturdy winch. Even got the original manual around somewhere.

The only negative is that the clutch mechanism is prone to seizing, but thats a function of a lack of maintance! It was on the front of my cruiser for many years and had its fair share of dunking in water. It even operated underwater (not recommended and probably lucky something didn't short out).

It was reliable enough for me to go to the effort and takeit off the cruiser and put it on my GU when i changed vehicles. If you can get one for a good price and need a winch, there is nothing wrong with a Ramsay.

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Reply By: tim - Monday, Mar 29, 2004 at 11:31

Monday, Mar 29, 2004 at 11:31
I`ve got the 8000 ramsay on my gu patrol and it works fine. I got mine second hand off a mate and i pulled it down regreased it and have not looked back.
I fitted it to a patrol bar and it had to be fitted upside down, just incase you were fitting it to one of these.

Cheers
Tim
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Reply By: cj - Monday, Mar 29, 2004 at 17:09

Monday, Mar 29, 2004 at 17:09
No, it's to go on a Vitara.
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