Hydraulic Winches - anyone got one?

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 09:18
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I am looking at getting a 15000lb hydraulic winch for my 105 series. Has anyone got one of these, and if so what are they like (compared to an electric unit)?
What sort of money should I be looking at for purchase, and then fitment?
Can I use my power steering pump (i remember reading that somewhere)?

Having only ever used electric, I am trying to find out all I can before purchase.

Cheers,

Chris
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Reply By: fozzy - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 10:13

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 10:13
chris
mate has one and it will run all day as long as car is running
we did a recovery of vehicle down side of hill and had 2 vehicles with electric winches pulling the one vehicle up side of hill-after about 10 mins or less both electric winches were almost stopped-we connected third car with the hydraulic-ox i think it was which runs off power steering pump-it just kept pulling while our elctrics recharged the batteries a bit.
we could have done it eventually -hydraulic in this case was quicker
argument for and against both electric/hydraulic

cheers
fozzy
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Follow Up By: joc45 - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 12:01

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 12:01
Have heard that the hydraulic winches eventually pay a toll on the life of the power steering pump. Prob not designed for this sort of heavy service.
Gerry
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Reply By: Snowball - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 15:14

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 15:14
Chris,
I priced the Ox 10,000lb hydraulic a little while ago. I can't remember the exact figures, but it was about $3,000 all told. That included the dump valve so that you can steer whilst winching, the additional oil cooler for the steering pump and fitting of all three items.

Martin.
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Follow Up By: Utemad - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 16:23

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 16:23
I have one of these Ox 10 000lb units on my Rodeo and have no problems with it. Much lighter than an electric one although a bit slow. Although as has been said it will run all day long.
I haven't got an oil cooler or dump valve and it still works fine straight off the power steering pump. Never heard of any issues with the pump although they do recommend you use a synthetic fluid and oil cooler for heavy winching so maybe the failures are people who do the heavy winching without the extras.
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Reply By: Exploder - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 18:26

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 18:26
I think that the Hydraulic TJM OX winches are a re- bagged Mile Marker Winch The same gear as the U.S have on there hummers.

I believe they did a lot of testing on them and they are a good unit and you can bet the army would give them a workout and if they didn’t take the punishment they wouldn’t be using them.
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Reply By: Peter 2 - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 20:36

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 20:36
Yes they are called Milemarker in the US. While they do fit them to Humvee's they usually only fit them in the scout or SAS type vehicles.
Humvee's use the power steering system to power the clutch on the cooling fan and also the hydroboost on the brakes so the pwer steer sytem is already well loaded.
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