Portable Winch for Tow Bar

Submitted: Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 18:34
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Hi all,

Anyone seen or have any comments on this Tow Ball mounted portable winch ?

Thanks
Phil P

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=43998&item=2437212616
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Reply By: Willie - Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 21:02

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 21:02
Phil...you are trying very hard with this winch thing...I tried your reference but could not find anything on Ebay. Looked at a boat winch however on Ebay which may be applicable with a pulling capacity of 2700lbs. How heavy is your vehicle?

Willie

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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 21:06

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 21:06
$38us..
I hope you dont expect it to pull the milkman off ya sister...

looks kinda plasticy.

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Reply By: Phil P - Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 21:12

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 21:12
I'm doing all my research before the Melbourne 4WD Show.

Looks like the Tirfor style is the best insurance & you need to cross your fingers that you never need to use it !! The Mud Mauler looks OK but couldn't get much feedback on that product.

Another Ebay link is
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=43998&item=2437212616
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 21:32

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 21:32
Do you mean the
"Winch Boats/Jeep 6000 lb 12 Volt Electric "

pass...
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Follow Up By: Phil P - Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 21:50

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 21:50
That's sounds like it
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 21:54

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 21:54
Do you seriously think you will get a quality winch for $70? Turfors are in the 100s...
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Follow Up By: Phil P - Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 22:02

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 22:02
My limited experience has already showed me on a few occasions that anything that is sold as "4WD" carries a huge $ premium. Nothing beats real feedback from someone that has used a product. Looks like no one on this forum has tried one of these !!
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Follow Up By: Member - Bradley- Wednesday, Oct 22, 2003 at 10:20

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2003 at 10:20
Hey phil search the forum and read our previous talk on Mud Mauler, all is definetly not as advertised - 1000kg pull max. no proper rating for lift etc, shabby build.

I was in a lifting equiptment dealer the other day and found a great Beaver chain block rated to lift 1500kg and pull about 3000kg, crank handle to pull in and release, freewheel etc, great build quality etc. Price $260. Equivalent Tirfor style $550. They also had a great range of properly rated drag chains etc at very good prices. eg. 8000kg drag chain $45. There are some good alternatives from the 4wd branded stuff, and i prefer to use equiptment with a good certified lifting rating as you can also use it at home to lift engines etc. BradLife is short- but there's always time for a yarda.
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Reply By: ross - Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 22:10

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 22:10
You would get more help by lighting a candle and saying 3 hail marys
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Reply By: Willie - Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 22:19

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 22:19
Phil,

If you have your heart set on a hand winch then buy a Tirfor. They are the best. But only a PTO winch will beat an Electric winch in strength. I will stick to my electric winch and figure things out if ever I need to winch backwards. Good luck.
Cheers,
Willie

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Follow Up By: Phil P - Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 22:28

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 22:28
Hi Willie,

I think I've made my mind up on the "Big Haul" Version, half the eprice and and extra centimetre per stroke !

But I like to explore all options before I make my mind up.

So far my snatch strap has got me out of trouble, but I want some extra insurance when travelling without the company of other cars.

I'm planning of never using it !

Phil P
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Reply By: Member - Ross - Wednesday, Oct 22, 2003 at 08:00

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2003 at 08:00
Phil

Don't forget "extra centimetres per stroke" equates to EXTRA EFFORT!!!!
Unless of course the handle is extra long.Rosco
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