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Old 12-17-2012, 04:17 PM
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Winches 101?

Hey guys, got a quick question. I have a 20ft car hauler/flatbed trailer and I'm trying to look into putting a winch on it... I just don't know how big I need it to be. I've been told its rating should be greater than the towed vehicle's weight. That doesn't make sense to me since I'm not trying to lift any vehicle into the air, just need it to roll up the ramps?
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Old 12-17-2012, 04:44 PM
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But the winch is still pulling the entire weight of the vehicle.

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Old 12-17-2012, 04:50 PM
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I understand that. However, I can push a car when it's in neutral but I know for a fact I can't bench-press 4000lbs. See my confusion?
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It's like trailer pulling. The truck isn't benching a 15k pound fifth wheel, but is handling it's inertia.
it'd be like using a datsun to haul that trailer.
Or a 5k recovery strap to pull a d10.

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We use a 3000lb winch to pull our late model stock into the trailer. Doesn't even struggle. With simple statics you can see that 4000lb *(cos 30)= 617lb in the x direction. Probably more than that but just gives you an example.
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When a winch says its a 4K lb winch it mean sit can pull a load weighing 4K, it does not mean the actual pulling power. For example if you want to pull a ford Explorer ( say 4500LBS) onto a trailer you will want a winch with a 6750 rating minimum (See link 1.5 times the actual weight is recommended minimum)

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Also you can effectively double the rating of any winch by using a snatch block.

I have a 4K winch that really struggles to pull a v6 ford explorer onto my trailer.

Remember there is a difference between the rating of a winch (horizontal) and the rating of a hoist. (vertical)
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Good info guys.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:19 PM
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Your only pulling 30% of the weight of a vehicle on flat smooth ground I can't remember the % on a given grade but I'd go buy an 8k winch and be done with it but a snatch block and call her a day


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Old 12-17-2012, 08:49 PM
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what is a snatch block? i had a warn 12k but never used it, but have heard of this snatch block but no idea as to how it works nor what it does
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Snatch block.
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