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Hello community

I am wanting to purchase a winch. I would like it to be 12v compatible. Does anyone have direct experience with one which has lasted a long time.
My main uses at the moment are...
Hoisting a 250-300lbs pig.
Moving lumber logs out of the bush.

There will most likely be more uses for it.

Needless to say i do not have much use for it. I however do not want to buy a real cheap one.

Anyone own a real good quality 12v winch?
 
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Jordan,

I have not used it, but have you considered a PullzAll by WARN?  I have a link to one possible seller HERE:

https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200455487_200455487

When I was clearing out my woods, I gave good consideration to buying one of these winches for pulling logs.  The beauty is that it is hand-held portable so all you have to do is carry it into the woods (or where ever), anchor it, attach to whatever you are pulling and turn it on.

If I were still in the market, I would consider the kit that has an extra battery, a bag, some nylon strapping and a couple of extra useful items.

Just a thought,

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I just bought the warn that uses a cordless drill.  Because I already have a stack of batteries and charger, but most importantly you can use the variable speed of the drill for precise control of the load.

Downside is the weight rating is a little light.
 
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Those both look like great units. Being somewhat of a cheap person i could see myself wanting to just use a spare 12v car battery around here to power these things. Using the drill looks cumbersome. How is that part for you scott?  Is this the one scott? Warn 101575 Portable handled drill winch

I would like it to have more of a use than just pig lifting.

I wonder how much effort is required to move a 12ft long 16" diameter pine log? does anyone know if the 750 capacity could pull it on the ground?

I often have trees come down no where near the road. I have spent 2 hours moving them 20 feet with a comealong lol. not fun at all.
 
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Ramsey and warn are the two brands most often cloned by Chinese factories.  most tow trucks that I've seen use Ramsey winches, they have to be reliable for that kind of service.
 
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It is less awkward than you think.  Once the line is under tension, you only need to hold the drill.  And you can rig it with the winch at the load so you can steer/control it at the same time.

Super winch makes a winch in a toolbox, I think it's about 4,000 pound, that sounds like what you want.  It comes with jumper cables and rigging to hook to a vehicle or tree and run from any 12v battery.
 
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yea i havent been convinced of the super winch based on its reviews.

It turns out i need it to have a locking hub(not sure of the correct terminology)? instead of freewheeling the whole time.

I however just found this little gem Warn 92000 2000 DC Utility winch

Much less money and seems to do what i want. I will need to get a friend here, or find an appropriate piece of steel to make a mounting bracket. Most likely i will be using some chain around a tree to attach it.
 
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Yup, that is a good winch and a great deal. A set of jumper cables and a few rigging bits and you're golden.
 
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I have a superwinch that I have used on a regular basis since March of 2019.  So far it has been great: fast and reliable.  It stays outside under a little rubber tarp, mounted in a permanent location on a boom.  The remote did go out, so I just use a piece of 12 awg copper to jump the controls (connecting two terminals is winch in and two different terminals is winch out).   I think the replacement part would be fairly inexpensive.   I run it on a 12v100ah renogy agm deep cycle battery charged by a 100 watt solar panel with cheap charge controller.   The winch is mounted on a tree, which serves the function of a mast.  I have a small log cut from another tree with a 650lb wll pulley on the end serving as a boom, about 14' long that swings out over a cliff.  I lift things up about 25' from the beach onto my property with it.  I was about halfway through framing my house when I started using it and have lifted countless things with it, with no problems whatsoever (apart from the 'remote'(which is wired) going out which was likely due to wind driven rain getting in it).  It will freespool or power out.  This unit is made for ATV mounting, but as I said I mounted it on a boom (maybe some would call it a 'djinn pole'?) on a tree.  I think part of why it has been so trouble free is I never lift more than 500 lbs with it, and try to keep it to 300, even though the rating is 3000lbs.  Also I usually just do one or 2 lifts at a time, or if I am lifting a lot of materials the time it takes me to do the rigging in between gives it a chance to cool down.  I think that's key with making the cheaper winches last a long time- the duty cycle is intermittent, so if you work them continuously they will burn up.     its this one:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0034ZUZM6/ref=ppx_od_dt_b_asin_title_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I have also installed a Warn 1500AC in another situation, doing 90 foot vertical lifts (I changed the cable to 1/8" wire rope to accomodate a longer length and am careful not to lift too much)  and have been very happy with it for the price, but it runs on AC, which gives it a longer duty cycle, presumably due to the lower amperage at the high voltage.  That one was also quite inexpensive.  the 90' lift is a  13 minute ride, though.

Happy shopping and winching
 
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I have had issues in the past on various winches with the cable spooling properly when dragging things.  That's where an ATV mount might work really well in your case, if you have an atv- it would stabilize the winch.  If you mount a winch on a chain its easy for it to get sideways and all the cable can pile up on one side of the drum, get stuck, etc..  I think in general these winches need to be held steady in one position to work well- they are made for permanent mounting on something immovable relative to the load. The Warn Pullzall is an exception- made for just this scenario, of hooking it up to a tree anywhere.  I think dragging the log you mentioned is no problem for these cheap winches except when the end gets caught on something.   For a long pull I have used hundreds of feet of 1/2 inch line attached to the load and put a prusik on that line and clip the end of the winch cable to the prusik.  That way you can winch in as far as your winch will go, then put it in freespool and advance the prusik and repeat.  It beats retying knots or moving the winch over and over.  I have even set up pulley redirects to pull around corners so I never had to move the winch anchor point (pull until the load reaches the pulley, unhook the pulley, pull straight to the winch or to another redirect pulley, etc.).  Another thing that can help with dragging(also with a comealong-continuous rope comealongs are far easier to use than the cable comealongs for this kind of stuff-) is to have a high anchor point that gives the leading end of your load a bit of a lift and makes it less likely to dig into the ground or get caught on things. Hope this isn't  TMI as its not all totally relative to your question but in my opinion these are a few gems that I hope can help someone somewhere sometime and that I've learned the hard way in a lot of cases!
 
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