View Full Version : Which........ Winch?..H or E
Hi there fellow Jeepers,
just starting to do some home work on the old winches as i'm looking to put one on the front of the xj soon. so i'm asking you guys which one is better the Hydralic or the Electric ?????
thanks for any input.... graemlins/dunno.gif
02-09-2002, 01:58 AM
Age old question.
Personally I likes Lekky's :D
[ 02 September 2002, 04:35 PM: Message edited by: Wooders ]
02-09-2002, 02:47 AM
Hydraulic: Pulls all day with no real strain.
Cheaper than similarly rated electric.
Doesn't heat up like an electric.
Usually sealed so you don't have to worry about submerging it in water.
Cons: Requires the engine to be running in order to work.
Usually larger than similarly rated Electrics.
Slow line speeds.
Requires replumbing your power steering/upgrading P/S pump in some cases.
Electric: Usually faster than Hydraulic.
Will run even if your engine dies. (at least as long as you have power in the battery)
Smaller than similarly rated Hydraulics.
Cons: More expensive than similarly rated Hydraulics.
Heats up with continuous/heavy pulls and needs to be allowed to cool between pulls.
May require an upgraded battery, as it will kill the stock battery quickly.
Not as forgiving about being submerged in water.
This is not a complete list of the pros/cons of either, just some of the major points.
I chose to go with the Electric, as it will continue winching as long as I have power in the battery. No worries about whether the engine is running or not.
02-09-2002, 02:53 AM
Kyro, This question seems to have been kicking around forever. Everyone seems to default to an electric winch but I'm thinking you could put us all out of our misery and go for the hydraulic - then at least we'll know someone that has one and you'll be our local hydraulic winch expert. Dare to be different for science! smile.gif Cheers, Mark.
02-09-2002, 02:59 AM
Kyro my friend.
grab yourself a coffee and have a read of these threads.. mostly Wooders and Doc, but nonetheless, good read.. :D
Winch and lockers (http://forums.crgaming.com/cgi-bin/ausjeep/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=000038)
Winch on a TJ (http://forums.crgaming.com/cgi-bin/ausjeep/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=000052)
and the most recent Hand Winch (http://forums.crgaming.com/cgi-bin/ausjeep/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=000250)
talk to you in a few days :D
[ 02 September 2002, 04:00 PM: Message edited by: billsta ]
02-09-2002, 04:41 AM
Yeah that thread went on for ages. Didnt I convince Wooders to get a hydraulic winch in the end?
02-09-2002, 04:43 AM
Didn't I convince you to buy a Jeep tongue.gif
02-09-2002, 04:48 AM
smile.gif smile.gif smile.gif
Yeah, ya never know. Little partial to those Wranglers. Wouldnt mind doing up a 40 series Toyo, but recon a second hand Wrangler would probably work out better value in the end.
I'll be putting a hydraulic winch on it. If it stuffs up though I'll be blaming it on the jeep power-steering pump though!!
02-09-2002, 05:17 AM
Originally posted by TheDoc:
smile.gif smile.gif smile.gif
I'll be putting a hydraulic winch on it. If it stuffs up though I'll be blaming it on the jeep power-steering pump though!!<font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Actually would be closer to the truth than you probably realise ;)
02-09-2002, 06:06 AM
The important thing though it that they're good decoration!
02-09-2002, 07:27 PM
Electric, without question.
Reason 1: Hydraulic has to have the motor running, in order to operate.
Reason 2: Electric doesn't have to be. I have used mine solely on the batteries for a while, without the motor running.
Reason 3: Some organized competitions (in the US anyway) have outlawed the use of hydraulic winches in their events.
Reaon 4: With electric, all you have to do is mount it up, and run the wires to your battery. With the hydraulic, you have to mount it up, and pipe all the hydraulics in order to get it to run.
Reason 5: My electric HS9500i Warn will have 3 people pulled out from a 50 yard pull, before a hydraulic winch could get one out, at the same distance.
By the way, unlike what some people may state, I have never had my Warn to overheat. Even when I was pulling out a rather large log truck with it.
[ 03 September 2002, 08:28 AM: Message edited by: Paulwpetrea ]
03-09-2002, 12:43 AM
This is where all the answers lie....
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