Winch size

Submitted: Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 21:45
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Hi all
I'm looking at fitting a winch but at this stage am undecided as to which one. I have been looking at the Magnum by ARB and have noticed that they are only rated at 9000 lb where as a lot of the others are rated at 9500 lb. Could anyone advise me as to whether the 500 lb would make that much difference. Have been looking at a few cheaper ones that are higher rated but thought it may be worth spending a few dollars extra on the Magnum as a compromise to getting a Warn winch but am cautious about the capacity of it.

Any ideas
Cheers Dave
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Reply By: donk - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 22:01

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 22:01
There was a Winch comparision article in 4WD Action magazine a few issues ago where most of the popular Winches were compared (it was quite a good article with without alot of the advertorial that often is present in 4wd mags)

It might be worth getting a hold of a copy & having a read before making any decision

From memory the Magnum didn't fare all that well in the various tests that were carried out

Regards Don
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Follow Up By: donk - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 22:09

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 22:09
Issue 126 is theonehttp://www.4wdaction.com.au/current_issue/126/

Regards Don
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Follow Up By: itsdave - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 22:10

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 22:10
I'd read that a comparison was done but have been unable to find which issue it was in. May make good reading. Anybody know?

Cheers Dave
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Follow Up By: itsdave - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 22:12

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 22:12
Thanks ,you beat me. I take it thats the May issue??
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Follow Up By: donk - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 22:42

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 22:42
Current issue is 134 so it is 9 months ago

Regards Don
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Follow Up By: itsdave - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 22:50

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 22:50
Thanks Don. I have just ordered it from the library. Hopefully it will turn up before the weekend as I'm off to the Bribane camping show and hopefully I'll find a "bargain" priced winch of resonable quality.

Cheers Dave
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Follow Up By: Member - ross m (WA) - Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 00:08

Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 00:08
The Premier winch was the winner. Its a chinese made job that is brought here ,dismantled and rebuilt by aussies that replace the dodgy parts and wiring.
Its a good all rounder that can stay cool and keep pulling on long pulls.
The Premiier also pulled well above it promised limit
There was also some well known brands that didnt do to well.
I think the Premier winch is about $500 more than most of the others in its class.

There was also an older comparison done by a SA 4wd group and they came to same conclusion as 4WD Action

No affiliation,its just that it is the winch I have chosen to buy.
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Reply By: Von Helga - Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 09:26

Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 09:26
Itsdave,

I had a 9000lb Warn winch on my previous truck. No issues with it.
When I brought the new truck (100 series and CT) I ummed and Arred and for an extra $100 I brought a 12000 lb one from Ironman.
Every Winch operator always uses a snatch block to reduce the effort on the winch however, that shortens the Max operating length by half. By going with a 12000lb winch I can if the need arises conduct a single line pull of about 5000 kg to get out of trouble. If length is not an issue I'll use the snatch block to reduce the strain on all the components.
500 lb is nothing.

Cheers
Trevor
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Reply By: Member - Josh (VIC) - Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 12:16

Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 12:16
We have a 12,000 pnd winch from Repco. Had it for 3 years now and never had a problem. Looks identical to the warn. I had the cruiser bogged of the side of a track axle deep in mud on a very steep hill. closest tree needed winch extension and full winch cable. Was a bit nervous how the winch would handle the load. Pulled half the cable lengh and motor was hardly warm. Waited 1 min and pulled the rest. Was tremendous pressure but not a problem. I run the cable out full lentgh about once a month, keeps internals dry and moving. It cost me $650 dollars as dad and I both got one plus some tools for the trip at the same. Have made several big pulls with it and can't fault it.

Josh
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Follow Up By: Member - Josh (VIC) - Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 12:18

Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 12:18
Will be leaving Cairns on Monday for 4 weeks in cape york so I should get a chance to test it out again lol.

Josh
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Follow Up By: Big Woody - Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 07:44

Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 07:44
Hi Josh,

It sounds like you will be about 5 days in front of us but we are planning for a reasonably quick trip to the top via the OTL. Leaving Bundaberg on the 12th.
I need to catch up with a friend on Thursday Island before the 20th.
We will then spend 2 weeks exploring on our way south via Cape Melville etc.

As mentioned before I will keep an eye out for you up there somewhere.

Regards,
Brett

BTW - I have invited a mechanic to come with me for the trip to make any unexpected vehicle dramas a bit less stressful.
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Follow Up By: Member - Josh (VIC) - Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 18:36

Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 18:36
With the luck we have been having we might need to borrow your mechanic lol. Hopefully all sorted now though. Have a good trip, We are in Siesia from the 17th-21st of june, fishing on the 20th. May seeyou on the road/track.

Josh
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Reply By: AGNI4x4 - Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 21:55

Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 21:55
Goodaye have a warn 9.5 and it's not the 500LB extra pull thats it's advantage over the 9000 The XD 9000 Warn has a 4.6 Hp motor where as the 9.5 Xp has a 6 Hp motor. So you up motor size by nearly a quarter doing only a 19th of the work load. Bottom line is with the 9.5 over the 9 your working the winch a lot less under the same conditions. So it's fine to look at the load but also look at the motor doing the work. I've dragged 40 Ft containers around my property (there 3 ton empty) and worked it to the max .............. not a prob. Cheers
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Follow Up By: AGNI4x4 - Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 22:04

Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 22:04
Josh just noted your off to the "Cape" lucky bugger. I'm former Vic and migrated up here to just of Fraser Island after trip to the cape last year. If you have any probs at all up this way give us a yell. I'm a motor mech with workshop. Cant' message you privately but if you can send me your number I'll sms mine to you .................... cheers and have a safe trip.
ps bring plenty of money for the dearest ferry ride in Australia per distance across the mighty JARDINE lmao
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